Red Sox cut magic number to 2 with 10-7 win over Toronto

BOSTON (AP) Rick Porcello struggled in his final playoff tuneup. No matter, he had another AL Cy Young winner to bail him out.

Porcello gave up three runs in the first inning and five in all, but David Price came out of the bullpen with four straight outs to help the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 10-7 on Wednesday night and lower their magic number to two.

''I think he'll be a weapon out there,'' said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who had Price on his team for the 2015 pennant race and playoffs. ''It was good to see him back out there. I think he's going to be huge for them in the playoffs.''

The Red Sox maintained a three-game lead in the division over the second-place Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 6-1 on Wednesday night. Boston, which is already guaranteed at least a wild-card berth, could clinch the first back-to-back AL East titles in franchise history with a victory over Houston on Thursday and a New York loss to the Rays.

''The clock's running out. We've got to win ballgames,'' Porcello said. ''Talk about the playoffs and stuff, but we haven't clinched the division yet. We have to do that to put ourselves in a position where we don't have to play a wild-card game. These games are important.''

Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts homered in a five-run third inning for Boston after Porcello (11-17) gave up the three runs in the first. The Red Sox scored one in the first and three in the second and then took a 9-4 lead in the third to chase Marco Estrada (10-9) and snap a two-game losing streak.

Porcello allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks, striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. A year after winning a career-high 22 games to earn AL Cy Young honors, the 28-year-old right-hander posted the most losses in his career. With a chance to become baseball's first 20-game loser since 2003, Porcello went 2-0 with a no-decision in his last three starts.

''After a rough start to the ballgame, he settled down just enough,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''And the offense covered it.''

Price pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings, striking out three, as he works his way back from left elbow problems that kept him on the disabled list for most of the year. It was his third relief appearance since returning on Sept. 14; he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, striking out nine in six innings.

''The three appearances he's made for us out of the bullpen, they've been extremely consistent and powerful,'' Farrell said. ''Hopefully he's getting adapted a little bit more to the role.''

Mitch Moreland homered for the Red Sox. Bogaerts had three hits and drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in the third to make it 9-4.

Estrada allowed eight runs - seven earned - nine hits and a walk, striking out two while recording just seven outs and losing for the first time in six decisions. He had only allowed two earned runs in his previous three starts against Boston this season.

LONG BALL

Jose Bautista, Darwin Barney and Teoscar Hernandez homered for the Blue Jays, who hit 10 home runs in the three-game series. Hernandez has eight since he was called up on Sept. 1 - a franchise record for rookies in the month.

''We hung in there. We scored some runs,'' Gibbons said. ''We just couldn't stop them.''

CHALLENGING SLIDE

Bogaerts scored two runs, the first when he came around from first on Dustin Pedroia's single in the second inning and slid in under the tag head first. Home plate umpire Larry Vanover ruled him out, but Bogaerts came up signaling emphatically for Farrell to challenge; replays showed Bogaerts got his hand on the plate before catcher Russell Martin caught his thigh with the tag.

''They're all competitors,'' Farrell said. ''They all think they're safe.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RF Mookie Betts (sore left wrist) and INF Eduardo Nunez (right knee injury) were out for the second straight game. Farrell said before the game that Betts was ''improved'' and they hoped to have him available if needed to pinch hit after further treatment. . Nunez did some running and said he was trying ''everything to get back on the field.''

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Off Thursday before opening their final series of the season Friday afternoon at the New York Yankees.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-6, 3.91 ERA) is set to start the opener of a four-game series Thursday night in Fenway Park against AL West champion Houston. He's 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his last four starts as he bids for a start in the postseason rotation.

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TOR75-84
3011000027101
BOS92-66
13500010X10131
  • W: R. Porcello (11-17)L: M. Estrada (10-9)
  • HR: TOR - J. Bautista (23), D. Barney (6), T. Hernandez (8), BOS - H. Ramirez (23), M. Moreland (21), X. Bogaerts (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Hernandez LF51221020.282.313.667.9807.0
J. Donaldson 3B52200021.272.389.564.9534.0
J. Smoak 1B21110200.272.358.534.8926.0
J. Bautista RF41121013.204.311.370.6816.5
K. Morales DH40210001.251.309.448.7573.0
K. Pillar CF40000013.256.300.404.704-0.5
R. Martin C40000020.221.344.389.734-1.0
R. Goins SS41100020.237.288.357.6452.0
D. Barney 2B31111020.233.276.330.6075.0
a- M. Saunders PH10000001.207.262.352.6140.0
  • a-grounded out for Barney in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
X. Bogaerts SS52341010.272.342.401.74311.5
D. Pedroia 2B50210001.297.370.397.7673.0
B. Holt 2B00000000.182.290.220.5100.0
A. Benintendi LF41100012.275.357.431.7881.5
H. Ramirez DH41211010.241.319.430.7497.5
M. Moreland 1B42211001.244.324.435.7598.0
C. Vazquez C31100110.294.335.412.7472.5
R. Devers 3B41000013.291.348.495.8430.5
R. Davis RF42210010.234.293.350.6437.5
J. Bradley CF40010013.244.323.406.7290.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Donaldson (20), J. Smoak (29), R. Goins (20)
    • HR - T. Hernandez (8), J. Bautista (23), D. Barney (6)
    • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (20), J. Smoak (90), J. Bautista 2 (64), K. Morales (85), D. Barney (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (8), K. Morales (41), D. Barney (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Ramirez (23), R. Davis (19)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts (10), H. Ramirez (23), M. Moreland (21)
    • RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (61), D. Pedroia (61), H. Ramirez (61), M. Moreland (76), R. Davis (20), J. Bradley (63)
    • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (21), D. Pedroia (28)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Davis (29)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Hernandez
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Vazquez (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada (L, 10-9)2.19871214.981.38-15.0
    L. Santos0.22110212.871.21-2.0
    A. Loup1.00000103.771.503.5
    T. Mayza1.00000107.801.873.5
    C. Ramirez2.01110113.000.534.5
    C. Rowley1.01000006.751.822.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada (L, 10-9)2.1
    L. Santos0.2
    A. Loup1.0
    T. Mayza1.0
    C. Ramirez2.0
    C. Rowley1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 11-17)5.27552824.651.4012.0
    D. Price1.10000303.501.224.5
    A. Reed1.01000002.921.042.0
    B. Workman1.02220112.771.15-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 11-17)5.2
    D. Price1.1
    A. Reed1.0
    B. Workman1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 80-55, L. Santos 21-12, A. Loup 13-10, T. Mayza 12-9, C. Ramirez 24-15, C. Rowley 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-0, A. Loup 2-0, T. Mayza 1-1, C. Ramirez 2-3, C. Rowley 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 17, L. Santos 4, A. Loup 3, T. Mayza 3, C. Ramirez 7, C. Rowley 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 95-62, D. Price 21-13, A. Reed 13-11, B. Workman 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-4, D. Price 1-0, A. Reed 2-1, B. Workman 1-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 25, D. Price 4, A. Reed 4, B. Workman 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TOR75-84
    3011000027101
    BOS92-66
    13500010X10131
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Hernandez LF51221020.282.313.667.9807.0
    J. Donaldson 3B52200021.272.389.564.9534.0
    J. Smoak 1B21110200.272.358.534.8926.0
    J. Bautista RF41121013.204.311.370.6816.5
    K. Morales DH40210001.251.309.448.7573.0
    K. Pillar CF40000013.256.300.404.704-0.5
    R. Martin C40000020.221.344.389.734-1.0
    R. Goins SS41100020.237.288.357.6452.0
    D. Barney 2B31111020.233.276.330.6075.0
    a- M. Saunders PH10000001.207.262.352.6140.0
    Total36710732129-----
    • a-grounded out for Barney in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS52341010.272.342.401.74311.5
    D. Pedroia 2B50210001.297.370.397.7673.0
    B. Holt 2B00000000.182.290.220.5100.0
    A. Benintendi LF41100012.275.357.431.7881.5
    H. Ramirez DH41211010.241.319.430.7497.5
    M. Moreland 1B42211001.244.324.435.7598.0
    C. Vazquez C31100110.294.335.412.7472.5
    R. Devers 3B41000013.291.348.495.8430.5
    R. Davis RF42210010.234.293.350.6437.5
    J. Bradley CF40010013.244.323.406.7290.5
    Total371013931710-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Donaldson (20), J. Smoak (29), R. Goins (20)
      • HR - T. Hernandez (8), J. Bautista (23), D. Barney (6)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (20), J. Smoak (90), J. Bautista 2 (64), K. Morales (85), D. Barney (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (8), K. Morales (41), D. Barney (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (23), R. Davis (19)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (10), H. Ramirez (23), M. Moreland (21)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (61), D. Pedroia (61), H. Ramirez (61), M. Moreland (76), R. Davis (20), J. Bradley (63)
      • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 4 (21), D. Pedroia (28)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Davis (29)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Hernandez
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Vazquez (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (L, 10-9)2.19871214.981.38-15.0
      L. Santos0.22110212.871.21-2.0
      A. Loup1.00000103.771.503.5
      T. Mayza1.00000107.801.873.5
      C. Ramirez2.01110113.000.534.5
      C. Rowley1.01000006.751.822.0
      Total8.013109173---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (L, 10-9)2.1
      L. Santos0.2
      A. Loup1.0
      T. Mayza1.0
      C. Ramirez2.0
      C. Rowley1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 11-17)5.27552824.651.4012.0
      D. Price1.10000303.501.224.5
      A. Reed1.01000002.921.042.0
      B. Workman1.02220112.771.15-0.5
      Total9.010772123---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 11-17)5.2
      D. Price1.1
      A. Reed1.0
      B. Workman1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 80-55, L. Santos 21-12, A. Loup 13-10, T. Mayza 12-9, C. Ramirez 24-15, C. Rowley 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-0, A. Loup 2-0, T. Mayza 1-1, C. Ramirez 2-3, C. Rowley 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 17, L. Santos 4, A. Loup 3, T. Mayza 3, C. Ramirez 7, C. Rowley 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 95-62, D. Price 21-13, A. Reed 13-11, B. Workman 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-4, D. Price 1-0, A. Reed 2-1, B. Workman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 25, D. Price 4, A. Reed 4, B. Workman 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Hernandez homered to left center, Goins scored710
      • 7TH INNING
        Moreland homered to right510
      • 4TH INNING
        Barney homered to left center59
      • 3RD INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left center, Devers and Davis scored49
        Davis singled to right, Moreland scored, Devers to third46
        Ramirez homered to left45
        Morales singled to center, Donaldson scored, Smoak to third, Morales to second on catcher Vazquez fielding error44
      • 2ND INNING
        Pedroia singled to shallow right center, Bogaerts scored34
        Bogaerts singled to center, Davis scored33
        Bradley grounded out to second, Vazquez scored, Davis to third32
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored on right fielder Hernandez fielding error31
        Bautista homered to left, Smoak scored30
        Smoak doubled to left, Donaldson scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brock Holt at second
        • Brandon Workman relieved Addison Reed
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Goins doubled to deep right center
        • Michael Saunders hit for Darwin Barney
        • M. Saunders: Ball, Saunders grounded out to second, Goins to third
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez homered to left center, Goins scored
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Donaldson lined out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Addison Reed relieved David Price
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to third
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales singled to right
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Rowley relieved Carlos Ramirez
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis fouled out to first
        • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts singled to left
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barney struck out looking
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Ramirez Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Moreland homered to right
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez lined out to second
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Devers flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to second
        • David Price relieved Rick Porcello
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Carlos Ramirez relieved Tim Mayza
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Bautista fouled out to catcher
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded into double play shortstop to first, Smoak out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Mayza relieved Aaron Loup
        • R. Devers: Devers popped out to third
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Barney homered to left center
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez singled to center
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Loup relieved Luis Santos
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to first
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to right
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked, Donaldson to second
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morales singled to center, Donaldson scored, Smoak to third, Morales to second on catcher Vazquez fielding error
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez homered to left
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland singled to left
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vazquez singled to center, Moreland to second
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to first, Moreland to third, Vazquez out at second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Davis singled to right, Moreland scored, Devers to third
        • Luis Santos relieved Marco Estrada
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Davis stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts homered to left center, Devers and Davis scored
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia singled to right
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martin lined out to center
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vazquez walked
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davis doubled to deep left, Vazquez to third
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second, Vazquez scored, Davis to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to center, Davis scored
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pedroia singled to shallow right center, Bogaerts scored
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson doubled to deep center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak doubled to left, Donaldson scored
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista homered to left, Smoak scored
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales lined out to shortstop
        • K. Pillar: Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to shallow center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored on right fielder Hernandez fielding error
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)