Fister sharp again, Bradley homers; Red Sox beat Jays 6-1

BOSTON (AP) Doug Fister has quickly gone from a pitcher looking for a big league job right into being a key starter for a team chasing a division title.

Fister gave up one run over seven innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Wednesday night, a day after the teams played a 19-inning marathon.

The Red Sox claimed the 33-year-old Fister in June after he opted out of a Triple-A contract and was released by the Los Angeles Angels. In the last couple weeks, he's clearly been Boston's best starter.

''To say that when we got him from the Angels that he would be running a streak of starts consecutively like he is, no - he's surpassed the initial expectation,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''He's doing a great job.''

It was the second straight win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who moved four games ahead of the second-place Yankees. New York's game at Baltimore was rained out.

Playing just 18 hours after completing a 3-2 victory that lasted six hours and ended on Hanley Ramirez's bloop single, the Red Sox took charge with a four-run fourth that was capped by Bradley's homer.

Fister (5-7) allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked three, improving to 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.50 ERA.

''It's definitely a fun time of year, being anxious for what might come,'' he said. ''I just continually work hard each and every day.''

Joe Biagini (3-10) was tagged for five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

With rain starting to fall when the Red Sox came to the plate in the fourth, Xander Bogaerts halted a 3-for-33 stretch by lining an opposite field RBI triple and scored on Rafael Devers' single. Bradley then belted his homer into Boston's bullpen, making it 5-1.

''I thought he threw the ball pretty good early under these conditions,'' Blue Jays acting manager DeMarlo Hale said of Biagini. ''You think about the fourth inning, really the big blow was the home run. He left a changeup up to Bradley and I thought that was really the big blow of the game.''

Biagini didn't waste time analyzing his outing.

''Bad. That's a short answer for you,'' he said. ''It's a search for consistency, consistency of release point. Just aggressiveness and all that good stuff.''

Both teams scored a run in the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) threw his fourth bullpen session of the week and Farrell said he's expected to pitch a simulated game Saturday. ... Farrell decided to DH 2B Dustin Pedroia with the forecast of showers to limit playing on his left knee that landed him on the DL with inflammation for nearly three weeks last month.

LET ME SEE, TOO

Fister stood on the edge of the mound and joined in, looking at an iPad that Red Sox head groundskeeper Dave Mellor brought out to show the umpires the radar before the sixth.

SLOW STARTS

During his strong four-start stretch, Fister has allowed all five of his runs in the opening inning.

Miguel Montero drew a bases-loaded walk after Fister gave up a leadoff single to Ezequiel Carrera, a double to Justin Smoak and a walk to Michael Saunders.

''He gets into the rhythm of the game. It takes him an inning,'' Farrell said. ''It's been uncanny how similar the beginning of games are and how he finishes out.''

EASY THEFTS

The Red Sox were 4 for 4 in stolen base attempts, and improved to 29 for 32 this season against Toronto, the most steals by any club in the majors against an opponent this season.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Off Thursday. They open a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Friday against Detroit. RHP Marcus Stroman (11-6, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled to start after leaving his last one when he was hit on the right elbow with a line drive.

Red Sox: Off Thursday. LHP Drew Pomeranz (14-5, 3.36) looks to rebound after his career-best eight-game winning streak was halted in his last start when Boston opens a three-game series against Tampa Bay at Fenway Park on Friday.

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Red SoxBOS79-61
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  • W: D. Fister (5-7)L: J. Biagini (3-10)
  • HR: BOS - J. Bradley (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Carrera RF41100022.293.367.429.7951.0
T. Hernandez CF40000023.154.200.231.431-1.0
J. Smoak 1B40100010.283.361.561.9231.5
K. Morales DH40000012.244.300.455.756-0.5
M. Saunders LF30100110.214.267.364.6311.5
M. Montero C20010201.224.312.362.6743.0
D. Barney 3B40000025.221.260.304.564-1.0
R. Goins 2B40100011.228.280.338.6180.5
R. Urena SS30000003.154.313.231.5430.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Nunez 2B31200102.309.337.456.7938.0
    B. Holt 2B00000100.181.287.219.5061.0
    D. Pedroia DH20000102.300.377.399.7761.0
    a- C. Young DH10000011.233.327.388.7150.5
    A. Benintendi LF40010025.270.354.428.7820.0
    M. Betts RF30100102.262.341.432.7734.0
    M. Moreland 1B31100102.248.330.434.7643.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41110012.268.331.399.7304.5
    R. Devers 3B41210001.290.351.507.8584.0
    S. Leon C41100001.228.289.357.6463.0
    J. Bradley CF41131011.257.336.426.7629.5
    • a-hit by pitch for Pedroia in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Smoak (23)
    • RBI - M. Montero (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Montero (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Leon (13)
    • 3B - X. Bogaerts (6)
    • HR - J. Bradley (15)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (75), X. Bogaerts (53), R. Devers (18), J. Bradley 3 (57)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Nunez 2 (23), M. Betts (23), J. Bradley (8)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Saunders (5)
    • DP - M. Montero, D. Barney, R. Goins, M. Saunders, J. Smoak
    • E - M. Montero (6), R. Urena
    FIELDING
    • E - B. Holt (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Biagini (L, 3-10)3.16553215.291.41-9.0
    T. Mayza1.23110109.001.91-0.5
    C. Ramirez2.00001100.000.335.5
    A. Loup1.00001104.131.612.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Biagini (L, 3-10)3.1
    T. Mayza1.2
    C. Ramirez2.0
    A. Loup1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Fister (W, 5-7)7.04113903.911.2827.5
    J. Kelly1.00000002.591.173.0
    M. Barnes1.00000103.921.243.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Fister (W, 5-7)7.0
    J. Kelly1.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Ramirez
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Biagini 84-55, T. Mayza 29-19, C. Ramirez 24-11, A. Loup 17-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Biagini 4-4, T. Mayza 3-1, C. Ramirez 1-3, A. Loup 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Biagini 19, T. Mayza 8, C. Ramirez 7, A. Loup 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Fister (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 113-74, J. Kelly 7-4, M. Barnes 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 10-3, J. Kelly 3-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Fister 29, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Blue JaysTOR64-76
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    Red SoxBOS79-61
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Carrera RF41100022.293.367.429.7951.0
    T. Hernandez CF40000023.154.200.231.431-1.0
    J. Smoak 1B40100010.283.361.561.9231.5
    K. Morales DH40000012.244.300.455.756-0.5
    M. Saunders LF30100110.214.267.364.6311.5
    M. Montero C20010201.224.312.362.6743.0
    D. Barney 3B40000025.221.260.304.564-1.0
    R. Goins 2B40100011.228.280.338.6180.5
    R. Urena SS30000003.154.313.231.5430.0
    Total32141031017-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      E. Nunez 2B31200102.309.337.456.7938.0
      B. Holt 2B00000100.181.287.219.5061.0
      D. Pedroia DH20000102.300.377.399.7761.0
      a- C. Young DH10000011.233.327.388.7150.5
      A. Benintendi LF40010025.270.354.428.7820.0
      M. Betts RF30100102.262.341.432.7734.0
      M. Moreland 1B31100102.248.330.434.7643.0
      X. Bogaerts SS41110012.268.331.399.7304.5
      R. Devers 3B41210001.290.351.507.8584.0
      S. Leon C41100001.228.289.357.6463.0
      J. Bradley CF41131011.257.336.426.7629.5
      Total3269615519-----
      • a-hit by pitch for Pedroia in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (23)
      • RBI - M. Montero (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Montero (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Leon (13)
      • 3B - X. Bogaerts (6)
      • HR - J. Bradley (15)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (75), X. Bogaerts (53), R. Devers (18), J. Bradley 3 (57)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Nunez 2 (23), M. Betts (23), J. Bradley (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Saunders (5)
      • DP - M. Montero, D. Barney, R. Goins, M. Saunders, J. Smoak
      • E - M. Montero (6), R. Urena
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Holt (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Biagini (L, 3-10)3.16553215.291.41-9.0
      T. Mayza1.23110109.001.91-0.5
      C. Ramirez2.00001100.000.335.5
      A. Loup1.00001104.131.612.5
      Total8.0966551---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Biagini (L, 3-10)3.1
      T. Mayza1.2
      C. Ramirez2.0
      A. Loup1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (W, 5-7)7.04113903.911.2827.5
      J. Kelly1.00000002.591.173.0
      M. Barnes1.00000103.921.243.5
      Total9.04113100---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (W, 5-7)7.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Ramirez
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Biagini 84-55, T. Mayza 29-19, C. Ramirez 24-11, A. Loup 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Biagini 4-4, T. Mayza 3-1, C. Ramirez 1-3, A. Loup 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Biagini 19, T. Mayza 8, C. Ramirez 7, A. Loup 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Fister (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 113-74, J. Kelly 7-4, M. Barnes 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 10-3, J. Kelly 3-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 29, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Bradley safe at first on shortstop Urena fielding error, Devers scored, Leon to third16
      • 4TH INNING
        Bradley homered to right, Leon scored15
        Devers singled to left, Bogaerts scored13
        Bogaerts tripled to deep right, Moreland scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Benintendi grounded out to second, Nunez scored11
        Montero walked, Carrera scored, Smoak to third, Saunders to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Montero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Montero flied out to center
        • D. Barney: Barney lined out to center
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Doug Fister
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to second
        • M. Saunders: Ball, Saunders grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Loup relieved Carlos Ramirez
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon grounded out to third
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to second
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt walked
        • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brock Holt at second
        • R. Goins: Goins safe at first on left fielder Holt fielding error
        • R. Urena: Strike looking, Ball, Urena grounded out to second, Goins to second
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Foul, Carrera lined out to center, Goins to third
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to deep center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Saunders singled to left
        • M. Montero: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Montero lined out to center
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mayza Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Devers singled to right
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Leon doubled to deep left, Devers to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley safe at first on shortstop Urena fielding error, Devers scored, Leon to third
        • Carlos Ramirez relieved Tim Mayza
        • E. Nunez: Nunez popped out to second
        • Chris Young hit for Dustin Pedroia
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley stole second, Ball, Young hit by pitch
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi reached on a double play left to catcher to third, Leon out at home, Bradley out at third
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carrera struck out looking
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mayza Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to right
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Moreland singled to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Montero walked
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Barney struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Montero out at second
        • R. Urena: Urena grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts tripled to deep right, Moreland scored
        • R. Devers: Foul, Devers singled to left, Bogaerts scored
        • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon reached on fielder's choice to second, Devers out at second
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bradley homered to right, Leon scored
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
        • Tim Mayza relieved Joe Biagini
        • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pedroia grounded into double play third to second to first, Nunez out at second
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to deep left
        • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Saunders struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Nunez singled to center
        • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Goins singled to center
        • R. Urena: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Urena grounded out to third, Goins to second
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins to third on wild pitch, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul on catcher Montero dropped ball error, Bogaerts flied out to deep left
        • R. Devers: Foul, Strike swinging, Devers flied out to center
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Carrera singled to left
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Smoak doubled to deep center, Carrera to third
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • M. Saunders: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Saunders walked
        • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Montero walked, Carrera scored, Smoak to third, Saunders to second
        • D. Barney: Ball, Barney reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Montero out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez singled to left
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Nunez stole second, Strike looking, Pedroia lined out to center, Nunez to third
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second, Nunez scored
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts stole second, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)