Bogaerts, Holt help red-hot Red Sox enter break with win

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox rolled through the pre-All-Star game portion of their schedule piling up wins. Now, they'll have a few days to sit back, relax and enjoy their historic start.

Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs, leading the Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday to enter the break with their best record since 1949.

''I think we did great. I think the record shows,'' Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts said. ''We were pretty much in every game, had a chance to win every game and we won a lot of them.''

Brock Holt also drove in two runs for the AL East-leading Red Sox (68-30), who own the major league's best record and have won 12 of their last 13 games. They lead the Yankees by 4 1/2 games going into the break.

''Anytime you're winning you're having fun,'' Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. ''Just keep winning and you'll keep going good.''

Betts went 0 for 3, lowering his major league-leading batting average to .359, and fellow-All Star J.D. Martinez enters the break with 29 homers and an MLB best 80 RBIs.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays (43-52). Toronto's dropped seven of 10 and fell to 3-10 against the Red Sox this season.

''Just to reset. I think that's the mindset of anyone,'' losing pitcher Marcus Stroman said before storming off later in the interview after a question from a reporter. ''Even if you're playing well, it's definitely good to get the break to kind of get away from the game, clear your head and hopefully come back and put some wins together.''

Stroman was upset when asked him about pitching at a field in Vancouver, Canada.

Brandon Workman (2-0), the first of five relievers, struck out the only batter he faced in the fifth after starter Brian Johnson was pulled with the score tied.

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 30th save, his eighth straight season with 30 or more. Johnson gave up two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Bradley's RBI double against Stroman (2-7) pushed Boston ahead 3-2 in the fifth, and he scored on Bogaerts run-scoring grounder off Stroman's foot.

Holt's second RBI single made it 5-2 an inning later.

Bogaerts, whose 10th-inning slam on Saturday gave Boston a 6-2 win, homered on the third pitch he saw, sending it completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster for his 16th of the season in the first. Holt's RBI single made it 2-0 in the inning.

Hernandez's shot went over the Monster in the third.

Stroman gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits in five innings.

SPECIAL TIMES

Going to the All-Star game will have special meaning for Kimbrel, who is planning to take his 8-month-old daughter and his wife, Ashley, on the trip to Washington D.C.

''Yeah, it is,'' said Kimbrel of his seventh All-Star selection in the clubhouse Sunday morning. ''It's been a busy day trying to get everything ready.''

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, had two open-heart surgeries shortly after her birth, the second causing him to miss most of spring training.

First-timer Mitch Moreland has a different reason with his 5-year-old son, Crue.

''I think the biggest thing over the years is watching the Home Run Derby, the guys having their kids with them out on the field,'' he said. ''I'm looking forward to doing that with my son, my oldest, and I think he's looking forward to that, too.''

Lefty ace Chris Sale rounds out Boston's five All Stars.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Placed CF Kevin Pillar on the 10-day disabled list with a sternoclavicular joint injury suffered making a diving catch and rolling over Saturday. ... INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was also placed on the 7-day concussion DL after sliding headfirst into first and colliding with Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez's leg.

Red Sox: DH Steve Pearce did some early-morning running on the field and was back in the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left shin from getting hit by a pitch on Thursday. . ..Rodriguez went on the 10-day DL with a sprained right ankle, opening a spot for Johnson, who was activated after a stint on the DL with left hip inflammation.

''There's some serious damage in the ankle, no surgery required,'' manager Alex Cora said about Rodriguez. ''He's going to have a boot for two weeks and we'll evaluate to see where he's at, no surgery, that sounds promising.''

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Open their post-break schedule with the first of three at home against Baltimore on Friday.

Red Sox: Begin a three-game series in Detroit on Friday.

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TOR43-52
002000000281
BOS68-30
20002100X560
  • W: B. Workman (2-0)L: M. Stroman (2-7)S: C. Kimbrel (30)
  • HR: TOR - T. Hernandez (15), BOS - X. Bogaerts (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grichuk CF41200120.206.273.427.7004.0
Y. Solarte 3B50000023.241.297.422.719-1.0
T. Hernandez LF31121121.257.308.510.8187.0
J. Smoak 1B40100011.245.364.480.8450.5
K. Morales DH30000101.246.320.436.7561.0
R. Martin C40200001.179.328.285.6132.0
D. Travis 2B40100022.242.294.389.6840.0
D. Smith RF30000123.289.378.579.9570.0
A. Diaz SS30100002.240.277.393.6701.0
a- C. Granderson PH10000000.233.342.426.7680.0
  • a-flied out for Diaz in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF30000111.359.448.6911.1392.5
X. Bogaerts SS41121011.284.353.535.8896.5
J. Martinez LF21000210.328.393.6441.0372.5
M. Moreland 1B31000101.278.353.500.8532.0
S. Pearce DH20000111.324.390.562.9521.5
B. Holt 2B30220110.289.363.385.7484.5
E. Nunez 3B40000006.255.283.361.6440.0
S. Leon C31200001.242.283.369.6524.0
J. Bradley CF31110000.210.297.345.6424.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grichuk (11)
    • HR - T. Hernandez (15)
    • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (39)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Leon (7), J. Bradley (18)
    • HR - X. Bogaerts (16)
    • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (64), B. Holt 2 (25), J. Bradley (32)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts (18)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Smith
    • DP - 2 (Travis-Diaz-Smoak; Solarte-Diaz-Smoak)
    • E - D. Travis (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Brasier-Bogaerts-Moreland)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (L, 2-7)5.05431415.861.503.0
    A. Loup0.01111004.831.61-3.0
    J. Petricka1.00000003.381.613.0
    R. Tepera1.00001102.901.192.5
    J. Garcia0.20003006.101.65-3.0
    C. Rowley0.100000040.504.500.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (L, 2-7)5.0
    A. Loup0.0
    J. Petricka1.0
    R. Tepera1.0
    J. Garcia0.2
    C. Rowley0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Johnson4.22224514.201.466.5
    B. Workman (W, 2-0)0.10000101.620.847.5
    T. Thornburg (H, 1)1.01000105.401.502.5
    R. Brasier (H, 1)1.02000000.000.801.0
    H. Hembree (H, 13)1.03000203.791.341.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 30)1.00000201.770.8911.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Johnson4.2
    B. Workman (W, 2-0)0.1
    T. Thornburg (H, 1)1.0
    R. Brasier (H, 1)1.0
    H. Hembree (H, 13)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 30)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Loup (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 95-59, A. Loup 16-8, J. Petricka 8-5, R. Tepera 24-14, J. Garcia 20-6, C. Rowley 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-5, J. Petricka 1-1, J. Garcia 1-0, C. Rowley 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 21, A. Loup 3, J. Petricka 2, R. Tepera 3, J. Garcia 4, C. Rowley
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 84-52, B. Workman 7-4, T. Thornburg 14-11, R. Brasier 16-11, H. Hembree 19-17, C. Kimbrel 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 2-7, R. Brasier 2-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 20, B. Workman, T. Thornburg 4, R. Brasier 4, H. Hembree 6, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS68-30
    20002100X560
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grichuk CF41200120.206.273.427.7004.0
    Y. Solarte 3B50000023.241.297.422.719-1.0
    T. Hernandez LF31121121.257.308.510.8187.0
    J. Smoak 1B40100011.245.364.480.8450.5
    K. Morales DH30000101.246.320.436.7561.0
    R. Martin C40200001.179.328.285.6132.0
    D. Travis 2B40100022.242.294.389.6840.0
    D. Smith RF30000123.289.378.579.9570.0
    A. Diaz SS30100002.240.277.393.6701.0
    a- C. Granderson PH10000000.233.342.426.7680.0
    Total34282141114-----
    • a-flied out for Diaz in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF30000111.359.448.6911.1392.5
    X. Bogaerts SS41121011.284.353.535.8896.5
    J. Martinez LF21000210.328.393.6441.0372.5
    M. Moreland 1B31000101.278.353.500.8532.0
    S. Pearce DH20000111.324.390.562.9521.5
    B. Holt 2B30220110.289.363.385.7484.5
    E. Nunez 3B40000006.255.283.361.6440.0
    S. Leon C31200001.242.283.369.6524.0
    J. Bradley CF31110000.210.297.345.6424.0
    Total2756516511-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grichuk (11)
      • HR - T. Hernandez (15)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (39)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Leon (7), J. Bradley (18)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (16)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (64), B. Holt 2 (25), J. Bradley (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (18)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Smith
      • DP - 2 (Travis-Diaz-Smoak; Solarte-Diaz-Smoak)
      • E - D. Travis (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Brasier-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (L, 2-7)5.05431415.861.503.0
      A. Loup0.01111004.831.61-3.0
      J. Petricka1.00000003.381.613.0
      R. Tepera1.00001102.901.192.5
      J. Garcia0.20003006.101.65-3.0
      C. Rowley0.100000040.504.500.0
      Total8.0654651---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (L, 2-7)5.0
      A. Loup0.0
      J. Petricka1.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      J. Garcia0.2
      C. Rowley0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Johnson4.22224514.201.466.5
      B. Workman (W, 2-0)0.10000101.620.847.5
      T. Thornburg (H, 1)1.01000105.401.502.5
      R. Brasier (H, 1)1.02000000.000.801.0
      H. Hembree (H, 13)1.03000203.791.341.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 30)1.00000201.770.8911.0
      Total9.08224111---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Johnson4.2
      B. Workman (W, 2-0)0.1
      T. Thornburg (H, 1)1.0
      R. Brasier (H, 1)1.0
      H. Hembree (H, 13)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 30)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Loup (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 95-59, A. Loup 16-8, J. Petricka 8-5, R. Tepera 24-14, J. Garcia 20-6, C. Rowley 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-5, J. Petricka 1-1, J. Garcia 1-0, C. Rowley 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 21, A. Loup 3, J. Petricka 2, R. Tepera 3, J. Garcia 4, C. Rowley
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 84-52, B. Workman 7-4, T. Thornburg 14-11, R. Brasier 16-11, H. Hembree 19-17, C. Kimbrel 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 2-7, R. Brasier 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 20, B. Workman, T. Thornburg 4, R. Brasier 4, H. Hembree 6, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Holt singled to right, Moreland scored, Pearce to second25
      • 5TH INNING
        Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher, Bradley scored24
        Bradley doubled to deep center, Leon scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Hernandez homered to left, Grichuk scored22
      • 1ST INNING
        Holt singled to center, Martinez scored, Pearce to second02
        Bogaerts homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Heath Hembree
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Aledmys Diaz
        • C. Granderson: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Granderson flied out to center
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Solarte struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Ryan Brasier
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak singled to right
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales flied out to deep center
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martin reached on an infield single to shortstop, Smoak to second
        • D. Travis: Travis singled to right, Smoak to third, Martin to second
        • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jaime Garcia relieved Ryan Tepera
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Martinez out at second
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Pearce to second
        • Chris Rowley relieved Jaime Garcia
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Holt out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Diaz singled to left
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk singled to left, Diaz to second
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Solarte grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Grichuk out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Jake Petricka
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bradley popped out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts out at third, Betts out at third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Brandon Workman
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak lined out to center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Morales lined out to second
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to center
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Loup relieved Marcus Stroman
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
        • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pearce hit by pitch, Moreland to second
        • B. Holt: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Holt singled to right, Moreland scored, Pearce to second
        • Jake Petricka relieved Aaron Loup
        • E. Nunez: Nunez flied out to deep left
        • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Leon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Holt out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz lined out to left
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
        • Brandon Workman relieved Brian Johnson
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Leon doubled to left center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep center, Leon scored
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to deep right, Bradley to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher, Bradley scored
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martin flied out to center
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk doubled to deep center
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte popped out to catcher
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Hernandez homered to left, Grichuk scored
        • J. Smoak: Smoak lined out to center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Morales lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
        • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin fouled out to third
        • D. Travis: Travis lined out to center
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smith walked, Morales to second
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Diaz grounded into fielder's choice to third, Morales out at third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Leon singled to deep center, Leon out at second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Bradley flied out to deep right
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Marcus Stroman pitching
        • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland safe at first on 2nd baseman Travis fielding error, Martinez to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez to third, Moreland out at second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Holt singled to center, Martinez scored, Pearce to second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Holt out at second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)