Price snaps 3-start losing streak as Red Sox beat Jays 5-2

TORONTO (AP) David Price didn't show much rust in his return from a sore wrist.

Price pitched 5 1-3 innings to win his first start since being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday.

''It was good to get back out there,'' Price said. ''The more I threw, the better I felt. To me, that's always a good sign.''

Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday's start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. Making his first start in nine days, the left-hander allowed two runs and five hits. He walked three and struck out six for his first victory since April 17. Price threw 93 pitches, 55 strikes.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora liked what he saw from Price.

''Changing speeds, using the breaking ball, elevating fastballs, that was good to see,'' Cora said. ''He competed. That's all we want from him.''

Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Mookie Betts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border.

Betts said it was good to see Price back on the mound.

''It feels great knowing that he's out there healthy,'' Betts said. ''He went out and did a great job at giving us a chance to win.''

Justin Smoak hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10 at home.

''We didn't get much going off David,'' manager John Gibbons said.

Price came in 0-3 in his previous three outings but avoided the first four-start skid of his career. He struck out four straight batters in the second and third innings.

Price improved to 18-3 against the Blue Jays in his career. He's 12-1 in 17 starts at Rogers Centre, including 8-0 in 11 starts as a visitor. Price made six home starts for the Blue Jays in 2015 after being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline.

''It's always a place I've enjoyed pitching,'' Price said of Toronto. ''I like the mound. I look forward to it every time I get the ball here.''

Price left one batter after Smoak's leadoff shot in the sixth. The homer was Smoak's first since April 30 at Minnesota.

Carson Smith got two outs, Hector Velazquez and Joe Kelly each worked one inning and Craig Kimbrel finished for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings and is winless in four starts.

ON A ROLL

Ramirez has three home runs in his past four games, and nine RBIs in his past seven games.

FAN INTERFERENCE

Price would have stayed in to face Russell Martin in the sixth, but the delay caused by a fan running on to the field gave Smith more time to get ready. After police and security staff escorted the fan out the gate in right field, Cora came out to make the change.

JBJ WATCH

Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. went 0 for 4 after sitting out the previous three games. He's 5 for 54 with no extra-base hits and 26 strikeouts in his past 17 games.

''I think the rhythm was better but still, he was late with the front foot, missed some pitches in the strike zone,'' Cora said. ''We're going to keep working. He'll be out there tomorrow.''

FIVE SPOT

Boston has scored five or more runs an ML-leading 24 times this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Toronto added INF Gio Urshela to its roster and optioned OF Dalton Pompey to Triple-A Buffalo. Urshela was acquired in a trade with Cleveland Wednesday. He started at shortstop Saturday. Normally a catcher, Martin made his second start at third base in four days, while Josh Donaldson was the DH.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23) went 3-1 in four starts against Toronto last year.

Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (0-1, 8.10) is expected to start in place of injured RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder). Biagini has made two spot starts for Toronto this season. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings in the second game of a doubleheader at Cleveland on May 3.

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BOS27-12
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TOR21-19
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  • W: D. Price (3-4)L: M. Estrada (2-3)S: C. Kimbrel (11)
  • HR: BOS - H. Ramirez (6), TOR - J. Smoak (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF52300000.356.435.7801.2157.0
A. Benintendi LF51320011.255.344.418.7626.5
H. Ramirez 1B51121023.286.350.464.8156.0
J. Martinez DH30000121.336.385.603.9880.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100001.323.353.573.9263.0
R. Devers 3B40210021.264.306.439.7452.0
E. Nunez 2B40100012.239.264.370.6330.5
J. Bradley CF40000022.167.256.254.510-1.0
C. Vazquez C40100010.186.239.225.464-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Hernandez RF40200001.263.309.553.8623.0
    J. Donaldson DH30000103.230.316.460.7761.0
    Y. Solarte 2B40000012.253.329.486.816-0.5
    J. Smoak 1B31111111.246.351.423.7746.5
    K. Pillar CF41100011.316.358.533.8903.5
    R. Martin 3B30000121.146.276.348.6250.0
    A. Alford LF30110010.167.286.167.4521.5
    a- C. Granderson PH10000000.273.440.481.9210.0
    L. Maile C40000043.317.394.508.902-2.0
    G. Urshela SS20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
    b- R. Urena PH-SS20100010.333.333.333.6670.5
    • a-grounded out for Alford in the 9th
    • b-singled for Urshela in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts 2 (15), A. Benintendi (11), X. Bogaerts (12)
    • HR - H. Ramirez (6)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (20), H. Ramirez 2 (26), R. Devers (24)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Hernandez (11)
    • HR - J. Smoak (5)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (20), A. Alford
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Alford
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Vazquez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Pillar (8)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Nunez; Bogaerts-Nunez-Ramirez)
    • E - R. Devers (10)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Hernandez (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 3-4)5.15223614.891.4215.0
    C. Smith (H, 5)0.20000103.381.430.5
    H. Velazquez (H, 1)1.01000002.281.272.0
    J. Kelly (H, 4)1.01000302.450.983.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.00000202.080.7511.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 3-4)5.1
    C. Smith (H, 5)0.2
    H. Velazquez (H, 1)1.0
    J. Kelly (H, 4)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada (L, 2-3)6.07441515.321.433.5
    J. Petricka0.02000004.152.08-2.0
    A. Loup0.20000103.861.530.5
    S. Oh1.11000201.450.963.0
    R. Tepera1.02110303.201.171.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada (L, 2-3)6.0
    J. Petricka0.0
    A. Loup0.2
    S. Oh1.1
    R. Tepera1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 93-55, C. Smith 12-7, H. Velazquez 6-5, J. Kelly 18-11, C. Kimbrel 10-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 4-5, C. Smith 2-0, H. Velazquez 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 23, C. Smith 3, H. Velazquez 3, J. Kelly 4, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 103-71, J. Petricka 8-6, A. Loup 5-3, S. Oh 18-13, R. Tepera 21-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 3-10
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, J. Petricka 2, A. Loup, S. Oh 5, R. Tepera 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS27-12
    0030010015121
    TOR21-19
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF52300000.356.435.7801.2157.0
    A. Benintendi LF51320011.255.344.418.7626.5
    H. Ramirez 1B51121023.286.350.464.8156.0
    J. Martinez DH30000121.336.385.603.9880.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41100001.323.353.573.9263.0
    R. Devers 3B40210021.264.306.439.7452.0
    E. Nunez 2B40100012.239.264.370.6330.5
    J. Bradley CF40000022.167.256.254.510-1.0
    C. Vazquez C40100010.186.239.225.464-0.5
    Total385125111111-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Hernandez RF40200001.263.309.553.8623.0
      J. Donaldson DH30000103.230.316.460.7761.0
      Y. Solarte 2B40000012.253.329.486.816-0.5
      J. Smoak 1B31111111.246.351.423.7746.5
      K. Pillar CF41100011.316.358.533.8903.5
      R. Martin 3B30000121.146.276.348.6250.0
      A. Alford LF30110010.167.286.167.4521.5
      a- C. Granderson PH10000000.273.440.481.9210.0
      L. Maile C40000043.317.394.508.902-2.0
      G. Urshela SS20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
      b- R. Urena PH-SS20100010.333.333.333.6670.5
      Total33272131212-----
      • a-grounded out for Alford in the 9th
      • b-singled for Urshela in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts 2 (15), A. Benintendi (11), X. Bogaerts (12)
      • HR - H. Ramirez (6)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (20), H. Ramirez 2 (26), R. Devers (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Hernandez (11)
      • HR - J. Smoak (5)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (20), A. Alford
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Alford
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Vazquez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Pillar (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Nunez; Bogaerts-Nunez-Ramirez)
      • E - R. Devers (10)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Hernandez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 3-4)5.15223614.891.4215.0
      C. Smith (H, 5)0.20000103.381.430.5
      H. Velazquez (H, 1)1.01000002.281.272.0
      J. Kelly (H, 4)1.01000302.450.983.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.00000202.080.7511.0
      Total9.07223121---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 3-4)5.1
      C. Smith (H, 5)0.2
      H. Velazquez (H, 1)1.0
      J. Kelly (H, 4)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 11)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (L, 2-3)6.07441515.321.433.5
      J. Petricka0.02000004.152.08-2.0
      A. Loup0.20000103.861.530.5
      S. Oh1.11000201.450.963.0
      R. Tepera1.02110303.201.171.5
      Total9.012551111---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (L, 2-3)6.0
      J. Petricka0.0
      A. Loup0.2
      S. Oh1.1
      R. Tepera1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 93-55, C. Smith 12-7, H. Velazquez 6-5, J. Kelly 18-11, C. Kimbrel 10-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 4-5, C. Smith 2-0, H. Velazquez 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 23, C. Smith 3, H. Velazquez 3, J. Kelly 4, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 103-71, J. Petricka 8-6, A. Loup 5-3, S. Oh 18-13, R. Tepera 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 3-10
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, J. Petricka 2, A. Loup, S. Oh 5, R. Tepera 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Benintendi singled to right, Betts scored52
      • 6TH INNING
        Smoak homered to left42
        Devers singled to center, Bogaerts scored41
      • 4TH INNING
        Alford singled to center, Pillar scored, Martin to second31
      • 3RD INNING
        Ramirez homered to left center, Benintendi scored30
        Benintendi doubled to left center, Betts scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts doubled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi singled to right, Betts scored
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Anthony Alford
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • R. Urena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Oh Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers singled to right center
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Kelly relieved Hector Velazquez
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar singled to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pillar stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jake Petricka relieved Marco Estrada
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez singled to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop, Vazquez to second
        • Aaron Loup relieved Jake Petricka
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez caught stealing, catcher to third Betts to second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Aaron Loup
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Carson Smith
        • Richard Urena hit for Gio Urshela
        • R. Urena: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena singled to left
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Urena out at second
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to left center
        • R. Devers: Devers singled to center, Bogaerts scored
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez popped out to first
        • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak homered to left
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Pillar fouled out to first
        • Carson Smith relieved David Price
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to third
        • A. Alford: Alford safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Alford to second
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to left center
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to pitcher, Hernandez to third
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez flied out to center
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Solarte lined out to left
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Foul, Pillar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smoak out at second
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin walked, Pillar to second
        • A. Alford: Ball, Ball, Alford singled to center, Pillar scored, Martin to second
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts doubled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi doubled to left center, Betts scored
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez homered to left center, Benintendi scored
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Urshela singled to left
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez singled to right center, Urshela to second
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson lined into double play shortstop to second, Urshela out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
        • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to right, Nunez to second on right fielder Hernandez fielding error
        • J. Bradley: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Bradley popped out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • A. Alford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alford struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi singled to shallow left
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte lined out to center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)