Martinez's homer leads Boston over Blue Jays 6-4 for sweep

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox are rolling into Houston for their first matchup against the champion Astros since getting bounced by them last postseason.

J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park, and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

The win finished a 5-1 homestand for the AL East leaders, who own the best record in the major leagues at 39-17.

''It's been great to be able to come in and sweep Toronto, now we're going to be able to face a tough opponent in Houston,'' Martinez said. ''It's fun to leave on this note.''

Martinez tied for the major league lead with his 18th homer, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth.

Eduardo Nunez had a solo homer and RBI double, and Jackie Bradley Jr., had a run-scoring double for Boston, which has won nine of 11 and improved to 15-3 in series finales.

''Contributions from everybody. We're not relying on one, two, three people. We're ready,'' Bradley said. ''We're playing good ball right now. We look forward to going there and trying to continue with our game plan.''

Last year, the Astros beat Boston in four games in the ALDS.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost 13 of 17 and dropped to 2-7 against the Red Sox this season. Toronto, which opened the season 13-6, is a season-high six games under .500 at 25-31.

''I think guys are upset, I think guys are disappointed, I think we have some talented players here that aren't playing up to their capabilities,'' Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar said.

Toronto will finish May without consecutive wins.

''We'll look forward to a day off tomorrow,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''We could use it.''

Eduardo Rodriguez (6-1) gave up two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. Boston is 10-1 in his starts.

Craig Kimbrel allowed two inherited runners to score on Kendrys Morales' double, then got three straight outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Making his third start since his May 11 recall from Triple-A, Sam Gaviglio (2-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Boston opened a 2-0 lead on Bradley's RBI double in the third and Nunez's fifth-inning homer off a tabletop above the Green Monster in left.

Hernandez's homer tied the score in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson missed his second consecutive game with right calf soreness.

Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts missed his fourth straight because of tightness in his left side that flared up during BP Sunday. ''If he's OK, most likely he'll be in the lineup tomorrow,'' manager Alex Cora said ... 2B Dustin Pedroia also had the day off.

TWO REVERSALS

The Blue Jays challenged two safe calls with the same batter up in the third: one at second on a steal attempt, the other at the home with a runner looking to score when a pitch bounced away. Both were overturned.

FOND MEMORIES

Cora is excited to get his World Series ring before Thursday's series opener in Houston.

''It was an amazing ride,'' he said.

He plans to bring a jersey he wore last season as the team's bench coach, have it signed by the Astros and hang it ''probably at home.''

HARD SHOT

Plate umpire Jerry Layne was dazed by a foul ball off his chest but stayed in the game. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez held up Layne when the umpire was wobbly.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Jaime Garcia (2-3, 5.52 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday's series opener at Detroit.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 6.75) is to be on the mound Thursday for the opener of a four-game series against Houston. He's 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in his last three starts and hasn't gone past four innings.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (6-1)L: S. Gaviglio (2-1)S: C. Kimbrel (18)
  • HR: TOR - T. Hernandez (8), BOS - E. Nunez (4), J. Martinez (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Hernandez RF41121030.247.296.506.8025.5
K. Pillar CF41100010.271.314.444.7591.5
Y. Solarte SS41100000.257.320.471.7912.0
J. Smoak 1B30100100.250.377.450.8272.0
K. Morales DH40220001.203.277.341.6194.0
D. Smith PR-DH00000000.300.382.533.9160.0
D. Travis 2B40000014.188.242.329.571-0.5
C. Granderson LF40000034.234.372.406.778-1.5
L. Maile C40000012.256.337.400.737-0.5
G. Urshela 3B21000110.138.194.276.4691.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi CF41200002.294.376.517.8932.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41100011.282.335.519.8551.5
    J. Martinez LF42121011.322.379.6631.0427.5
    R. Devers 3B40000022.234.290.415.705-1.0
    E. Nunez DH41221000.249.265.381.6469.0
    B. Holt 2B30110100.329.407.468.8755.0
    B. Swihart 1B31200011.179.273.205.4782.5
    M. Moreland 1B10000012.312.379.6321.011-0.5
    C. Vazquez C40000025.188.228.225.452-1.0
    J. Bradley RF30210001.196.287.301.5884.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Morales (5)
      • HR - T. Hernandez (8)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (23), K. Morales 2 (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez (13), J. Bradley (8)
      • HR - J. Martinez (18), E. Nunez (4)
      • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (47), E. Nunez 2 (14), B. Holt (9), J. Bradley (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - K. Morales
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Holt (3)
      • CS - A. Benintendi
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Tepera
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Vazquez-Holt)
      • E - B. Swihart
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio (L, 2-1)6.07440423.321.024.0
      S. Oh1.01001202.131.112.0
      R. Tepera1.03210203.331.260.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio (L, 2-1)6.0
      S. Oh1.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)6.23221713.881.2125.5
      M. Barnes (H, 13)1.10000202.350.964.0
      B. Johnson0.02220005.331.48-4.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 18)1.01001102.160.848.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)6.2
      M. Barnes (H, 13)1.1
      B. Johnson0.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 18)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 83-55, S. Oh 21-15, R. Tepera 26-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 9-3, R. Tepera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 23, S. Oh 5, R. Tepera 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 100-70, M. Barnes 15-11, B. Johnson 3-3, C. Kimbrel 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-7, M. Barnes 1-2, C. Kimbrel 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, M. Barnes 5, B. Johnson 2, C. Kimbrel 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Hernandez RF41121030.247.296.506.8025.5
      K. Pillar CF41100010.271.314.444.7591.5
      Y. Solarte SS41100000.257.320.471.7912.0
      J. Smoak 1B30100100.250.377.450.8272.0
      K. Morales DH40220001.203.277.341.6194.0
      D. Smith PR-DH00000000.300.382.533.9160.0
      D. Travis 2B40000014.188.242.329.571-0.5
      C. Granderson LF40000034.234.372.406.778-1.5
      L. Maile C40000012.256.337.400.737-0.5
      G. Urshela 3B21000110.138.194.276.4691.5
      Total33464121011-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Benintendi CF41200002.294.376.517.8932.0
        X. Bogaerts SS41100011.282.335.519.8551.5
        J. Martinez LF42121011.322.379.6631.0427.5
        R. Devers 3B40000022.234.290.415.705-1.0
        E. Nunez DH41221000.249.265.381.6469.0
        B. Holt 2B30110100.329.407.468.8755.0
        B. Swihart 1B31200011.179.273.205.4782.5
        M. Moreland 1B10000012.312.379.6321.011-0.5
        C. Vazquez C40000025.188.228.225.452-1.0
        J. Bradley RF30210001.196.287.301.5884.0
        Total34611621815-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Morales (5)
          • HR - T. Hernandez (8)
          • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (23), K. Morales 2 (17)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (7)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Nunez (13), J. Bradley (8)
          • HR - J. Martinez (18), E. Nunez (4)
          • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (47), E. Nunez 2 (14), B. Holt (9), J. Bradley (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - K. Morales
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Holt (3)
          • CS - A. Benintendi
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Tepera
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Vazquez-Holt)
          • E - B. Swihart
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gaviglio (L, 2-1)6.07440423.321.024.0
          S. Oh1.01001202.131.112.0
          R. Tepera1.03210203.331.260.0
          Total8.01165182---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gaviglio (L, 2-1)6.0
          S. Oh1.0
          R. Tepera1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)6.23221713.881.2125.5
          M. Barnes (H, 13)1.10000202.350.964.0
          B. Johnson0.02220005.331.48-4.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 18)1.01001102.160.848.5
          Total9.06442101---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (W, 6-1)6.2
          M. Barnes (H, 13)1.1
          B. Johnson0.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 18)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 83-55, S. Oh 21-15, R. Tepera 26-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 9-3, R. Tepera 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 23, S. Oh 5, R. Tepera 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 100-70, M. Barnes 15-11, B. Johnson 3-3, C. Kimbrel 19-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-7, M. Barnes 1-2, C. Kimbrel 2-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, M. Barnes 5, B. Johnson 2, C. Kimbrel 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Morales doubled to deep right, Pillar and Solarte scored, Smoak to third46
          • 8TH INNING
            Holt singled to left, Martinez scored, Nunez to third26
            Nunez doubled to right, Bogaerts scored, Martinez to third25
          • 6TH INNING
            Martinez homered to left center, Benintendi scored24
            Hernandez homered to left, Urshela scored22
          • 5TH INNING
            Nunez homered to left center02
          • 3RD INNING
            Bradley doubled to deep left, Swihart scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brian Johnson relieved Matt Barnes
            • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to center
            • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte singled to deep left, Pillar to third
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Brian Johnson
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Solarte to second
            • K. Morales: Ball, Morales doubled to deep right, Pillar and Solarte scored, Smoak to third
            • Dwight Smith ran for Kendrys Morales
            • D. Travis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Travis grounded out to third
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Granderson struck out on foul tip
            • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Mitch Moreland at first
            • L. Maile: Ball, Maile lined out to right
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Urshela struck out looking
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts singled to deep left
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bogaerts to second on Tepera fielding error
            • R. Devers: Foul, Devers popped out to shortstop
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez doubled to right, Bogaerts scored, Martinez to third
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt singled to left, Martinez scored, Nunez to third
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt stole second, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Solarte popped out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak singled to left center
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Morales popped out to shortstop
            • Matt Barnes relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Travis safe at first on Swihart fielding error, Smoak to third
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Holt walked
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Swihart struck out looking
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to left, Holt to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
            • L. Maile: Maile lined out to right
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Urshela walked
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez homered to left, Urshela scored
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts fouled out to catcher
            • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Martinez homered to left center, Benintendi scored
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to second
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Morales singled to center
            • D. Travis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morales caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez homered to left center
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt lined out to right
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Vazquez popped out to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • K. Pillar: Pillar lined out to right
            • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
            • L. Maile: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul tip, Maile struck out on foul tip
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Strike swinging, Swihart singled to center
            • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Vazquez grounded out to third, Swihart to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep left, Swihart scored
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Bradley to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Benintendi caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley out at home, Bradley out at home on wild pitch
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Travis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Travis flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Holt grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar lined out to right
            • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte lined out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)