Martinez's 3-run homer lifts Red Sox over Blue Jays 5-4

TORONTO (AP) Boston's Chris Sale wasn't his usual dominant self against the Blue Jays.

J.D. Martinez made sure that didn't matter.

Martinez hit a three-run homer, Sale won for the first time in three starts and the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 5-4 on Thursday night.

Andrew Benitendi had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who wrapped up a 6-3 trip. The Red Sox are a major league-best 19-5, including 7-1 in one-run games.

''That was a tough one,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''To finish this road trip the way we did, it's outstanding.''

Justin Smoak and Devon Travis hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of seven.

''We just need to tighten some things up, get the starting rotation on a roll,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''We're killing our `pen right now. That can't hold up.''

Martinez put Boston in front for the first time with a two-out blast to right off Marco Estrada (2-2) in the fifth, his fifth.

''It seems like lately we've been just scuffling a little bit at the plate, trying to find ways to put up runs,'' Martinez said. ''To get it done was huge.''

Martinez's past three homers have gone to the opposite field.

''He has that ability to stay back and hit line drives out of the ballpark,'' Cora said. ''That's impressive.''

Sale was impressed, too.

''He can do some pretty incredible things with that bat,'' Sale said of Martinez. ''I'm appreciative of it tonight.''

Martinez has 10 extra-base hits in his past 17 games.

''He's just not a power guy, he's a good hitter,'' Gibbons said.

Red Sox infielder Brock Holt was replaced after injuring his left hamstring while running during a third-inning double. Holt slowed between first and second and reached for the back of his leg. Holt has four doubles in four games and is hitting 16 for 34 (.471) during a nine-game hitting streak.

Cora said Holt was feeling better after the game and will be examined further Friday in Boston.

''It's tough to see because he's playing the way he's playing,'' Cora said.

Regular shortstop Xander Bogaerts, out since April 9 because of an injured left ankle, is expected to return from the disabled list Friday.

''I talked to him today and he was very upbeat,'' Cora said before the game. ''Looking forward to having him back at shortstop and the middle of the lineup.''

Sale (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings to improve to 5-1 in eight games at Toronto, where his ERA rose from 0.96 to 1.36. He struck out 35 over 22 scoreless innings at Rogers Centre last year.

''It was definitely a dogfight from the get-go,'' Sale said. ''Giving up a run in the first three innings is tough.''

Carson Smith got two outs, Matt Barnes worked 1 1/3 innings hitless innings and Craig Kimbrel got three straight outs for his seventh save in as many chances, finishing a six-hitter.

Ken Pillar's first-inning sacrifice fly ended Sale's 23-inning scoreless streak and Travis made it 2-0 in the second with his first home run this season.

Benintendi's RBI double in the third cut the deficit, but Smoak boosted the lead to 3-1 in the bottom half with his first home run since April 1.

Estrada allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. Estrada has given up 14 earned runs in his past three starts, raising his ERA from 2.77 to 6.00.

Teoscar Hernandez chased Smith with a two-out RBI double in the seventh, and Barnes struck out Smoak to strand the potential tying run at second.

MILESTONE K

Estrada reached 1,000 career strikeouts by fanning Mitch Moreland to begin the second. It was the first of four straight strikeouts for Estrada

UN-FOUR-TUNATE

Toronto lost for the first time when scoring at least four runs. The Blue Jays are 13-1 in such games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Mookie Betts made his first appearance in center field since 2015. ... RHP Joe Kelly's appeal of a six-game suspension was denied by Major League Baseball Thursday, and he started serving his penalty.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 7.36) starts the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay on Friday. It will be the second start of the season for Pomeranz, who missed the first 18 games with a forearm injury. LHP Blake Snell (3-1, 2.54) starts for the Rays.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (0-2, 8.55) will be on the mound for the opener of a three-game series against Texas. Stroman has allowed at least four earned runs in all four starts this season. LHP Mike Minor (1-1, 3.86) starts for the Rangers.

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BOS19-5
001130000580
TOR14-10
111000100460
  • W: C. Sale (2-1)L: M. Estrada (2-2)S: C. Kimbrel (7)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (5), TOR - J. Smoak (3), D. Travis (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts CF-RF50000003.329.420.7061.1260.0
A. Benintendi LF41210020.232.354.378.7324.0
H. Ramirez DH31200110.329.391.488.8793.5
J. Martinez RF41231001.306.351.565.9169.0
J. Bradley CF00000000.216.310.351.6610.0
M. Moreland 1B41000011.313.370.542.9120.5
E. Nunez 2B40100020.253.298.418.7151.0
R. Devers 3B20010120.261.320.424.7443.0
C. Vazquez C40000012.188.257.234.492-0.5
B. Holt SS10100000.340.400.520.9202.0
T. Lin PR-SS21000100.261.370.348.7182.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Pearce DH30000000.296.356.537.8930.0
    a- K. Morales PH-DH20010000.195.244.293.5371.0
    T. Hernandez LF31100210.311.392.6441.0374.5
    J. Smoak 1B41211022.241.356.414.7706.0
    Y. Solarte 3B30000011.228.347.494.8410.5
    K. Pillar CF20110100.292.340.438.7784.0
    L. Gurriel SS30000003.222.222.222.4440.0
    b- C. Granderson PH00000100.321.433.5711.0041.0
    A. Diaz SS00000000.191.236.397.6330.0
    R. Grichuk RF40000002.079.192.206.3980.0
    L. Maile C40000032.364.432.485.917-1.5
    D. Travis 2B42211010.155.222.259.4819.5
    • a-grounded out for Pearce in the 7th
    • b-walked for Gurriel in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (5), E. Nunez (7), B. Holt (6)
    • HR - J. Martinez (5)
    • SF - R. Devers (2)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (14), J. Martinez 3 (18), R. Devers (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (5), J. Martinez 3 (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Hernandez (4), K. Pillar (8)
    • 3B - D. Travis
    • HR - J. Smoak (3), D. Travis
    • SF - K. Pillar
    • RBI - K. Morales (8), J. Smoak (13), K. Pillar (10), D. Travis (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Travis (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Devers
    • Picked Off - A. Benintendi
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 2-1)6.04332422.310.9721.0
    C. Smith (H, 2)0.22110005.871.70-3.0
    M. Barnes (H, 5)1.10002302.891.182.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 7)1.00000100.870.6810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 2-1)6.0
    C. Smith (H, 2)0.2
    M. Barnes (H, 5)1.1
    C. Kimbrel (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada (L, 2-2)5.08551516.001.44-1.5
    A. Loup2.00000204.321.567.0
    S. Oh1.00000101.741.453.5
    D. Barnes1.00002102.081.381.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada (L, 2-2)5.0
    A. Loup2.0
    S. Oh1.0
    D. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Sale
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 104-71, C. Smith 14-9, M. Barnes 29-14, C. Kimbrel 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-10, C. Smith 2-0, M. Barnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, C. Smith 4, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 97-63, A. Loup 24-19, S. Oh 14-9, D. Barnes 18-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 1-8, A. Loup 2-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 23, A. Loup 6, S. Oh 3, D. Barnes 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS19-5
    001130000580
    TOR14-10
    111000100460
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts CF-RF50000003.329.420.7061.1260.0
    A. Benintendi LF41210020.232.354.378.7324.0
    H. Ramirez DH31200110.329.391.488.8793.5
    J. Martinez RF41231001.306.351.565.9169.0
    J. Bradley CF00000000.216.310.351.6610.0
    M. Moreland 1B41000011.313.370.542.9120.5
    E. Nunez 2B40100020.253.298.418.7151.0
    R. Devers 3B20010120.261.320.424.7443.0
    C. Vazquez C40000012.188.257.234.492-0.5
    B. Holt SS10100000.340.400.520.9202.0
    T. Lin PR-SS21000100.261.370.348.7182.0
    Total335851397-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Pearce DH30000000.296.356.537.8930.0
      a- K. Morales PH-DH20010000.195.244.293.5371.0
      T. Hernandez LF31100210.311.392.6441.0374.5
      J. Smoak 1B41211022.241.356.414.7706.0
      Y. Solarte 3B30000011.228.347.494.8410.5
      K. Pillar CF20110100.292.340.438.7784.0
      L. Gurriel SS30000003.222.222.222.4440.0
      b- C. Granderson PH00000100.321.433.5711.0041.0
      A. Diaz SS00000000.191.236.397.6330.0
      R. Grichuk RF40000002.079.192.206.3980.0
      L. Maile C40000032.364.432.485.917-1.5
      D. Travis 2B42211010.155.222.259.4819.5
      Total3246424810-----
      • a-grounded out for Pearce in the 7th
      • b-walked for Gurriel in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (5), E. Nunez (7), B. Holt (6)
      • HR - J. Martinez (5)
      • SF - R. Devers (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (14), J. Martinez 3 (18), R. Devers (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (5), J. Martinez 3 (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Hernandez (4), K. Pillar (8)
      • 3B - D. Travis
      • HR - J. Smoak (3), D. Travis
      • SF - K. Pillar
      • RBI - K. Morales (8), J. Smoak (13), K. Pillar (10), D. Travis (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Travis (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Devers
      • Picked Off - A. Benintendi
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 2-1)6.04332422.310.9721.0
      C. Smith (H, 2)0.22110005.871.70-3.0
      M. Barnes (H, 5)1.10002302.891.182.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 7)1.00000100.870.6810.5
      Total9.0644482---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 2-1)6.0
      C. Smith (H, 2)0.2
      M. Barnes (H, 5)1.1
      C. Kimbrel (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (L, 2-2)5.08551516.001.44-1.5
      A. Loup2.00000204.321.567.0
      S. Oh1.00000101.741.453.5
      D. Barnes1.00002102.081.381.5
      Total9.0855391---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (L, 2-2)5.0
      A. Loup2.0
      S. Oh1.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sale
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 104-71, C. Smith 14-9, M. Barnes 29-14, C. Kimbrel 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-10, C. Smith 2-0, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 25, C. Smith 4, M. Barnes 6, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 97-63, A. Loup 24-19, S. Oh 14-9, D. Barnes 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 1-8, A. Loup 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 23, A. Loup 6, S. Oh 3, D. Barnes 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Morales grounded out to pitcher, Travis scored54
      • 5TH INNING
        Martinez homered to right, Benintendi and Ramirez scored53
      • 4TH INNING
        Devers hit sacrifice fly to center, Moreland scored, Nunez to third23
      • 3RD INNING
        Smoak homered to left center13
        Benintendi doubled to right, Lin scored12
      • 2ND INNING
        Travis homered to left02
      • 1ST INNING
        Pillar hit sacrifice fly to right, Hernandez scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aledmys Diaz at shortstop
        • Danny Barnes relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers walked
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez lined out to center
        • T. Lin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Devers stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Lin walked
        • M. Betts: Betts flied out to shallow center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jackie Bradley in center
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales fouled out to third
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez popped out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Aaron Loup
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte struck out looking
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pillar walked
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Lourdes Gurriel
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked, Pillar to second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop, Pillar to third, Granderson to second
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Loup Pitching:
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lin grounded out to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Carson Smith relieved Chris Sale
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Maile grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Travis tripled to left center
        • Kendrys Morales hit for Steve Pearce
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Morales grounded out to pitcher, Travis scored
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to right
        • Matt Barnes relieved Carson Smith
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Aaron Loup relieved Marco Estrada
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar flied out to right
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lin popped out to first
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to right
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez singled to right, Benintendi to third
        • J. Martinez: Martinez homered to right, Benintendi and Ramirez scored
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Moreland flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pearce popped out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland reached on fielder's choice to second, Martinez out at second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez doubled to left center, Moreland to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers hit sacrifice fly to center, Moreland scored, Nunez to third
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to second
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Travis grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holt doubled to right center
        • Tzu-Wei Lin ran for Brock Holt
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to right, Lin scored
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Benintendi picked off at second, pitcher to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Smoak homered to left center
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte lined out to center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar doubled to left
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grichuk fouled out to catcher
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Maile struck out looking
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Travis homered to left
        • S. Pearce: Pearce fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts fouled out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce fouled out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to right, Hernandez to third
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Solarte hit by pitch, Smoak to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar hit sacrifice fly to right, Hernandez scored
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)