Betts hits 2 HRs as Red Sox beat Blue Jays 4-3

TORONTO (AP) After six home runs in his last seven games, it seems Mookie Betts' isn't impressing his teammates anymore.

''We don't care about Mookie, we care about the Bruins,'' Hanley Ramirez joked in the locker room after Betts' latest offensive outburst helped the Boston Red Sox snap their season-high three-game losing streak with a 4-3 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Betts homered twice and drove in three runs as the Red Sox improved to 6-1 in one-run games and got their 18th win of the season, tying the franchise record for victories before May 1.

While the Red Sox outfielder has reached base in each of his last 19 games against the Blue Jays, he said he feels he is starting to tap into the power side of his game.

''I think so. A lot of learning with the new hitting (coaches), and with (new teammate) J.D. (Martinez), just putting things together,'' he said. ''Actually learning how to use my strength versus going off ability.''

Betts got the Red Sox on the scoreboard with leadoff homer in the first - his third such shot of the season and 14th of his career - over the left-field fence. He then put the Red Sox in front for good in the seventh, taking reliever Danny Barnes (1-1) deep over the right-field wall for his eighth homer of the season - a two-run shot that also drove in Brock Holt.

Alex Cora said it is games like this that has Betts keeping the very best of company in the major leagues.

''They're special,'' the Red Sox manager said. ''The Trouts, the Altuves, the more at-bats they get the better you feel about it,''

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, throwing a season-high 106 pitches.

One night after giving up a walk-off home run to Curtis Granderson, closer Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Though Boston has now won all of Rodriguez's four starts this season, after the recent losing skid, the left-hander was more than happy to give credit to the guy who jump-started the offense.

''We needed something like that, somebody to get us in front and do it like he did it today,'' he said.

However, Yangervis Solarte wasn't handing out much credit after the game. The third baseman's sixth home run of the season into the second deck of left field in the sixth inning gave Toronto its only lead of the game at 3-2.

''I think he got lucky a couple of times and we didn't take advantage of it,'' he said. ''I think we made the adjustment a little bit. But I think he got lucky more than us getting beat.''

Aaron Sanchez lasted six innings for the Blue Jays, giving up just three hits and two runs, while striking out a season-high eight.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts might be in the Boston lineup Friday, but lost his chance for another rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket's game rained out on Wednesday and the team off Thursday. Manager Alex Cora said Bogaerts would visit the doctor before making a determination on his availability. He has been out since fracturing his ankle on April 8.

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson should be ready to begin a rehab assignment later this week, according to manager John Gibbons. The former AL MVP has been out since April 10 with right shoulder inflammation. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki has been cleared to begin light baseball activities, according to a team spokesperson. Tulowitzki, currently on the 60-day DL after having bone spurs removed from both feet during spring training, will be monitored and re-evaluated after four weeks.

OUTRIGHT THIEVERY

With steals of both second and third base in the seventh inning by Andrew Benitendi, the Red Sox have now converted 20 of their last 20 stolen-base attempts against Toronto.

NOT O-K?

The Red Sox struck out 10 times and has now done so in each of their last four games, after reaching that mark just two in their first 19 contests.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Just missing leading off the bottom of the first with a home run, Steve Pearce instead decided to make a play for second as the ball caromed off the left-field wall. But with left fielder Benitendi making a good, one-hop throw to second, only a nifty hook slide around the tag of Eduardo Nunez prevented the out.

A FOUR-GONE CONCLUSION?

Despite posting a 13-0 record when plating four or more runs, the Blue Jays dropped to 1-9 when scoring less than four.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 1.86) takes the mound for the series finale looking to improve on his 4-1 record with a 0.96 ERA in seven appearances in Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (2-1, 5.32) is looking for his first win against the Red Sox since June 5, 2016, after going 0-1 against them in four starts last season.

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BOS18-5
100010200462
TOR14-9
100011000361
  • W: E. Rodriguez (3-0)L: D. Barnes (1-1)S: C. Kimbrel (6)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts 2 (8), TOR - Y. Solarte (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF52232013.350.442.7501.19212.5
A. Benintendi LF30000200.218.347.359.7066.0
H. Ramirez 1B40000113.316.375.481.8560.5
J. Martinez DH20100201.296.344.531.8754.0
R. Devers 3B50000037.267.323.433.757-1.5
E. Nunez 2B40000025.253.300.413.713-1.0
J. Bradley CF31000121.216.310.351.6611.0
C. Vazquez C30000010.200.273.250.5230.5
B. Holt SS41310000.327.389.490.8796.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Pearce LF31210010.314.375.569.9444.5
    R. Grichuk RF10000010.085.203.220.423-0.5
    T. Hernandez RF-LF40100011.310.370.6431.0120.5
    J. Smoak 1B40100002.229.350.373.7231.0
    Y. Solarte 3B41111001.237.352.513.8656.0
    K. Morales DH40000021.205.256.308.564-1.0
    R. Martin C30000100.132.281.264.5451.0
    K. Pillar CF40000001.287.333.425.7590.0
    L. Gurriel 2B41100001.267.267.267.5334.0
    A. Diaz SS30000002.191.236.397.6330.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Holt (5)
      • HR - M. Betts 2 (8)
      • RBI - M. Betts 3 (17), B. Holt (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Pearce (4)
      • HR - Y. Solarte (6)
      • RBI - S. Pearce (11), Y. Solarte (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi 2 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Gurriel
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers 2 (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Hernandez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 3-0)6.26331313.631.2119.5
      H. Hembree (H, 3)0.10000103.650.970.5
      J. Kelly (H, 1)1.00000103.090.863.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.00000000.960.7510.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 3-0)6.2
      H. Hembree (H, 3)0.1
      J. Kelly (H, 1)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez6.03222813.691.3318.0
      D. Barnes (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.12222012.251.33-11.0
      S. Oh0.20001001.931.61-1.0
      T. Mayza0.21000100.001.80-0.5
      R. Tepera0.10000002.311.030.0
      T. Clippard1.00001102.130.952.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez6.0
      D. Barnes (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.1
      S. Oh0.2
      T. Mayza0.2
      R. Tepera0.1
      T. Clippard1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 106-66, H. Hembree 5-3, J. Kelly 12-7, C. Kimbrel 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 12-6, J. Kelly 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 28, H. Hembree, J. Kelly 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Sanchez 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 96-60, D. Barnes 21-12, S. Oh 10-4, T. Mayza 11-7, R. Tepera 3-2, T. Clippard 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 6-4, S. Oh 1-1, T. Clippard 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, D. Barnes 5, S. Oh 3, T. Mayza 3, R. Tepera, T. Clippard 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS18-5
      100010200462
      TOR14-9
      100011000361
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF52232013.350.442.7501.19212.5
      A. Benintendi LF30000200.218.347.359.7066.0
      H. Ramirez 1B40000113.316.375.481.8560.5
      J. Martinez DH20100201.296.344.531.8754.0
      R. Devers 3B50000037.267.323.433.757-1.5
      E. Nunez 2B40000025.253.300.413.713-1.0
      J. Bradley CF31000121.216.310.351.6611.0
      C. Vazquez C30000010.200.273.250.5230.5
      B. Holt SS41310000.327.389.490.8796.0
      Total33464261020-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Pearce LF31210010.314.375.569.9444.5
        R. Grichuk RF10000010.085.203.220.423-0.5
        T. Hernandez RF-LF40100011.310.370.6431.0120.5
        J. Smoak 1B40100002.229.350.373.7231.0
        Y. Solarte 3B41111001.237.352.513.8656.0
        K. Morales DH40000021.205.256.308.564-1.0
        R. Martin C30000100.132.281.264.5451.0
        K. Pillar CF40000001.287.333.425.7590.0
        L. Gurriel 2B41100001.267.267.267.5334.0
        A. Diaz SS30000002.191.236.397.6330.0
        Total343621159-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Holt (5)
          • HR - M. Betts 2 (8)
          • RBI - M. Betts 3 (17), B. Holt (7)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Pearce (4)
          • HR - Y. Solarte (6)
          • RBI - S. Pearce (11), Y. Solarte (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi 2 (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - L. Gurriel
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Devers 2 (5)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Hernandez
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (W, 3-0)6.26331313.631.2119.5
          H. Hembree (H, 3)0.10000103.650.970.5
          J. Kelly (H, 1)1.00000103.090.863.5
          C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.00000000.960.7510.0
          Total9.0633151---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (W, 3-0)6.2
          H. Hembree (H, 3)0.1
          J. Kelly (H, 1)1.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez6.03222813.691.3318.0
          D. Barnes (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.12222012.251.33-11.0
          S. Oh0.20001001.931.61-1.0
          T. Mayza0.21000100.001.80-0.5
          R. Tepera0.10000002.311.030.0
          T. Clippard1.00001102.130.952.5
          Total9.06446102---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez6.0
          D. Barnes (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.1
          S. Oh0.2
          T. Mayza0.2
          R. Tepera0.1
          T. Clippard1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 106-66, H. Hembree 5-3, J. Kelly 12-7, C. Kimbrel 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 12-6, J. Kelly 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-2
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 28, H. Hembree, J. Kelly 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - A. Sanchez 2 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 96-60, D. Barnes 21-12, S. Oh 10-4, T. Mayza 11-7, R. Tepera 3-2, T. Clippard 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 6-4, S. Oh 1-1, T. Clippard 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, D. Barnes 5, S. Oh 3, T. Mayza 3, R. Tepera, T. Clippard 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Betts homered to right, Holt scored43
          • 6TH INNING
            Solarte homered to left23
          • 5TH INNING
            Pearce singled to shallow left, Gurriel scored22
            Holt doubled to left center, Bradley scored, Vazquez to third21
          • 1ST INNING
            Smoak reached on an infield single to third, Pearce scored, Smoak to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error11
            Betts homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Ryan Tepera
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to shallow center
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin fouled out to catcher
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tim Mayza relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to center
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt singled to shallow right
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Tim Mayza
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Betts flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to second
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to second
            • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Randal Grichuk in right
            • Danny Barnes relieved Aaron Sanchez
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Vazquez flied out to deep center
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt singled to shallow center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts homered to right, Holt scored
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi stole third, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Danny Barnes
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Ramirez to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers flied out to deep right
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • Heath Hembree relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez hit by pitch
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Solarte homered to left
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to second
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pillar flied out to left
            • L. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez hit by pitch, Bradley to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt doubled to left center, Bradley scored, Vazquez to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Benintendi out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to third
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pearce singled to shallow left, Gurriel scored
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to shallow left, Pearce to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak grounded into fielder's choice to third, Hernandez out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to shallow center
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Devers flied out to shallow left
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded out to second
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Martin: Foul, Martin grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep left
            • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar lined out to left
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts homered to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi flied out to center
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez safe at first on left fielder Hernandez fielding error
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to third, Ramirez out at second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Pearce doubled to deep left
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to right
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak reached on an infield single to third, Pearce scored, Smoak to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • Y. Solarte: Solarte flied out to deep left
            • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)