Leon (HR, 2 2B) leads Red Sox to 8-3 win over Blue Jays

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn't think about his team's torrid start.

He wonders how much better it can be.

''We're good right now, don't get me wrong,'' Cora said after Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Tuesday night for its major league-leading 38th victory. ''But we feel there's room to improve. It's fun right now, but I can't wait.''

Sandy Leon hit a home run and two doubles, Xander Bogaerts also homered and Rick Porcello took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, helping the Red Sox match the second-best start in franchise history.

J.D. Martinez also had two of Boston's six doubles as the Red Sox (38-17) won for the eighth time in 10 games. Only the 1946 Boston team that started 42-13 with Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr returning from World War II had a better start through 55 games.

Every batter in the Red Sox lineup had one hit by the sixth inning.

''That tells you right there everybody's contributing,'' said first baseman Mitch Moreland, who doubled in the first to make it 2-0. ''It's always nice to scratch it and put up a crooked number early. It helps (the pitcher) settle down.''

Porcello (7-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Toronto loaded the bases against Hector Velazquez in the ninth, but Craig Kimbrel got two outs for his 17th save.

Marco Estrada (2-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, dropping his fifth straight decision since April 26. Justin Smoak homered for Toronto, which has lost 12 of its last 16 games.

The Blue Jays cut a 5-1 deficit in half in the seventh on a rally that started when Russell Martin was hit by a pitch with one out. With the bases loaded, Porcello fanned Luke Maile for the second out.

Curtis Granderson hit a hard grounder past a diving Moreland, but second baseman Dustin Pedroia slid to field it in shallow right. He threw to Porcello covering first, but the ball went off his glove for an error and rolled off the fence in front of the Boston dugout, allowing Morales to score and make it 5-3.

''I've got to catch that ball,'' Porcello said. ''Pedey made a hell of a play.''

Joe Kelly relieved Porcello and struck out Kevin Pillar on three pitches to end the inning.

Bogaerts homered over the Green Monster in the seventh, a solo shot, and Leon hit a two-run shot in the eighth to make it 8-3.

''They've got a good offense. They keep coming at you,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''We made a run late, had the bases loaded and they shut us down.''

ON THE BOARD

Pedroia got his first hit of the season in the sixth inning, a single to right. First base coach Tom Goodwin gave him a pat on the batting helmet, his teammates applauded in the dugout and the Fenway Park crowd gave him a big cheer.

The 2008 AL MVP started the season on the disabled list while he recovered from October knee surgery. He made his 2018 debut on Saturday and was 0 for 7 with two walks and a run in his first two games.

BRUSHBACKS

Martin was hit in the shoulder one pitch after calling time late in Porcello's set with one out and nobody on in the seventh. The Blue Jays utility man stared menacingly at the mound, and home plate umpire Vic Carapazza and Leon moved between him and the pitcher, but Porcello just shrugged.

Martin took his base without further incident. But in the eighth, Kelly hit Teoscar Hernandez. And when Danny Barnes plunked Brock Holt to lead off the bottom half, there were warnings issued for both dugouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup one day after leaving the game with right calf soreness. Gibbons said he was hoping to have Donaldson back on Friday after Thursday's off day. ... SS Aledmys Diaz made a rehab appearance with Double-A New Hampshire as he tries to recover from the left ankle sprain that has kept him out since May 6.

Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts, who is leading the majors in batting average, OPS and runs, got a third straight day off with tightness in his left side. He is expected to take Wednesday off, too.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-0, 2.30 ERA) starts Wednesday's series finale against Boston.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (5-1, 4.02 ERA) will face the Blue Jays in the 1:05 p.m. start.

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  • W: R. Porcello (7-2)L: M. Estrada (2-6)S: C. Kimbrel (17)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (8), BOS - S. Leon (2), X. Bogaerts (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Pillar CF50000045.271.315.448.764-2.0
Y. Solarte SS40000003.257.321.475.7971.0
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R. Martin 3B31100001.165.298.315.6133.0
K. Morales DH31200100.193.271.328.5985.0
D. Travis 2B40200003.198.253.346.5992.0
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  • a-singled for Maile in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF50110004.289.374.518.8923.0
X. Bogaerts SS42211111.283.337.526.8648.5
M. Moreland 1B41110001.315.381.6371.0184.0
J. Martinez DH40210010.323.381.6571.0384.5
R. Devers 3B41100012.239.295.423.7181.5
D. Pedroia 2B40100002.091.231.091.3221.0
B. Holt RF32100012.329.402.474.8765.5
S. Leon C42331001.254.306.388.69413.0
J. Bradley CF30110101.187.281.287.5673.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Morales (4)
    • HR - J. Smoak (8)
    • RBI - C. Granderson (16), J. Smoak (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (14), M. Moreland (12), J. Martinez 2 (14), S. Leon 2 (3)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts (8), S. Leon (2)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (38), X. Bogaerts (28), M. Moreland (27), J. Martinez (45), S. Leon 3 (8), J. Bradley (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (12), J. Bradley (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Holt (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Loup-Solarte-Smoak; Travis-Solarte-Smoak)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Porcello (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada (L, 2-6)3.27440105.681.47-6.5
    A. Loup1.10001102.821.162.5
    J. Biagini1.04221118.412.02-3.5
    T. Clippard1.01000003.331.262.0
    D. Barnes1.01220114.191.710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada (L, 2-6)3.2
    A. Loup1.1
    J. Biagini1.0
    T. Clippard1.0
    D. Barnes1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (W, 7-2)6.25322513.651.1421.5
    J. Kelly (H, 10)1.10000101.730.773.5
    H. Velazquez0.13000002.121.45-3.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 17)0.20000102.250.797.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (W, 7-2)6.2
    J. Kelly (H, 10)1.1
    H. Velazquez0.1
    C. Kimbrel (S, 17)0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Estrada
    • HBP - D. Barnes
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 63-37, A. Loup 21-13, J. Biagini 29-20, T. Clippard 10-8, D. Barnes 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 4-6, A. Loup 2-0, J. Biagini 1-0, T. Clippard 1-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 18, A. Loup 4, J. Biagini 7, T. Clippard 4, D. Barnes 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Porcello 2 (6), J. Kelly (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 96-66, J. Kelly 22-12, H. Velazquez 11-9, C. Kimbrel 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-7, J. Kelly 1-2, C. Kimbrel 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, J. Kelly 5, H. Velazquez 4, C. Kimbrel 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Granderson LF40110103.242.382.419.8013.0
    K. Pillar CF50000045.271.315.448.764-2.0
    Y. Solarte SS40000003.257.321.475.7971.0
    J. Smoak 1B41111011.249.375.452.8275.5
    T. Hernandez RF30000000.247.297.494.7911.0
    R. Martin 3B31100001.165.298.315.6133.0
    K. Morales DH31200100.193.271.328.5985.0
    D. Travis 2B40200003.198.253.346.5992.0
    L. Maile C30000023.267.351.419.769-1.0
    a- D. Smith PH10100000.300.382.533.9161.0
    Total3438212719-----
    • a-singled for Maile in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF50110004.289.374.518.8923.0
    X. Bogaerts SS42211111.283.337.526.8648.5
    M. Moreland 1B41110001.315.381.6371.0184.0
    J. Martinez DH40210010.323.381.6571.0384.5
    R. Devers 3B41100012.239.295.423.7181.5
    D. Pedroia 2B40100002.091.231.091.3221.0
    B. Holt RF32100012.329.402.474.8765.5
    S. Leon C42331001.254.306.388.69413.0
    J. Bradley CF30110101.187.281.287.5673.0
    Total35813822414-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Morales (4)
      • HR - J. Smoak (8)
      • RBI - C. Granderson (16), J. Smoak (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (14), M. Moreland (12), J. Martinez 2 (14), S. Leon 2 (3)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (8), S. Leon (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (38), X. Bogaerts (28), M. Moreland (27), J. Martinez (45), S. Leon 3 (8), J. Bradley (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (12), J. Bradley (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Holt (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Loup-Solarte-Smoak; Travis-Solarte-Smoak)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Porcello (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (L, 2-6)3.27440105.681.47-6.5
      A. Loup1.10001102.821.162.5
      J. Biagini1.04221118.412.02-3.5
      T. Clippard1.01000003.331.262.0
      D. Barnes1.01220114.191.710.5
      Total8.01388242---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (L, 2-6)3.2
      A. Loup1.1
      J. Biagini1.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 7-2)6.25322513.651.1421.5
      J. Kelly (H, 10)1.10000101.730.773.5
      H. Velazquez0.13000002.121.45-3.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 17)0.20000102.250.797.5
      Total9.0832271---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 7-2)6.2
      J. Kelly (H, 10)1.1
      H. Velazquez0.1
      C. Kimbrel (S, 17)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Estrada
      • HBP - D. Barnes
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 63-37, A. Loup 21-13, J. Biagini 29-20, T. Clippard 10-8, D. Barnes 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 4-6, A. Loup 2-0, J. Biagini 1-0, T. Clippard 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 18, A. Loup 4, J. Biagini 7, T. Clippard 4, D. Barnes 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Porcello 2 (6), J. Kelly (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 96-66, J. Kelly 22-12, H. Velazquez 11-9, C. Kimbrel 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-7, J. Kelly 1-2, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, J. Kelly 5, H. Velazquez 4, C. Kimbrel 2
      • 8TH INNING
        Leon homered to right center, Holt scored38
      • 7TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left36
        Granderson reached on an infield single to first, Martin and Morales scored, Travis to third on Porcello fielding error35
      • 6TH INNING
        Leon doubled to right center, Devers scored, Pedroia to third15
      • 4TH INNING
        Bradley singled to left center, Holt scored14
        Smoak homered to right center13
      • 2ND INNING
        Benintendi doubled to deep center, Leon scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez doubled to deep left, Moreland scored02
        Moreland doubled to deep right, Bogaerts scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Joe Kelly
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Morales doubled to deep center
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
        • Dwight Smith hit for Luke Maile
        • D. Smith: Smith singled to left center, Morales to third, Travis to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Granderson flied out to left
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Hector Velazquez
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Pillar struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Solarte grounded into fielder's choice to third, Smith out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Solarte popped out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez hit by pitch
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martin popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Danny Barnes relieved Tyler Clippard
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt hit by pitch
        • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Leon homered to right center, Holt scored
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley flied out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to center
        • R. Martin: Ball, Martin hit by pitch
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales walked, Martin to second
        • D. Travis: Travis singled to left center, Martin to third, Morales to second
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Granderson reached on an infield single to first, Martin and Morales scored, Travis to third on Porcello fielding error
        • Joe Kelly relieved Rick Porcello
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Joe Biagini
        • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep left
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers flied out to center
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Granderson grounded out to third
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte hit by pitch
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Biagini relieved Aaron Loup
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia singled to right center, Devers to third
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • S. Leon: Ball, Leon doubled to right center, Devers scored, Pedroia to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bradley out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Morales grounded out to first
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Maile: Foul, Maile lined out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Loup Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Moreland grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte flied out to left
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smoak homered to right center
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt singled to right
        • S. Leon: Ball, Holt stole second, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon grounded out to first, Holt to third
        • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to left center, Holt scored
        • Aaron Loup relieved Marco Estrada
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Maile struck out looking
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson lined out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pillar fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to deep center
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Smoak grounded out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez fouled out to first
        • R. Martin: Martin singled to center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Morales singled to right, Martin to third
        • D. Travis: Foul, Travis grounded into fielder's choice to third, Morales out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to second
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon doubled to deep right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley flied out to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep center, Leon scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi to third on wild pitch, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granderson out at third, Granderson caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Solarte flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts singled to left center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep right, Bogaerts scored
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep left, Moreland scored
        • R. Devers: Devers flied out to center
        • D. Pedroia: Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)