Red Sox sweep Blue Jays, move closer to AL East crown

BOSTON (AP) Thanks to a miscue by Toronto, the Boston Red Sox moved one step closer to clinching the AL East title.

J.D. Martinez hit his 41st home run and the Red Sox scored the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning error, completing a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays with a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

After the Blue Jays rallied for two runs to tie it at 3 in the top of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts doubled in the bottom half and stole third. He came home when Toronto second baseman Yangervis Solarte dropped a popup in shallow right field.

''That was a huge situation,'' Bogaerts said. ''I've made errors to make us lose, so I definitely know how he feels. But it's good we're on the good side.''

Rafael Devers also went deep for the major league-leading Red Sox (101-46), who pulled 10 1/2 games ahead of the idle New York Yankees and decreased their magic number to six for securing a third straight division crown.

Boston is the only team in the majors that's already locked up a playoff berth.

Brandon Workman (5-0) faced one batter, ending Toronto's eighth-inning rally with just three pitches, and got the win. Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save.

Danny Barnes (3-3) took the loss for the Blue Jays, who were down 3-1 entering the eighth.

''We clawed back into it after the bullpen did a nice job,'' manager John Gibbons said.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered in the eighth for Toronto and the Blue Jays added another run after Justin Smoak walked with two outs and Kendrys Morales followed with a single. Joe Kelly hit Randal Grichuk with a pitch to load the bases, then plunked Kevin Pillar to force in the tying run.

''He knows that tonight wasn't a great night for him,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said about Kelly.

Devers hit a solo homer with two outs in the sixth off Mark Leiter Jr., putting Boston up 3-1.

Martinez went deep in the second, tying Oakland's Khris Davis for the major league lead in homers.

Sam Gaviglio pitched 3 1/3 innings for Toronto, allowing two earned runs and six hits.

ON THE RUN

Bogaerts said he wanted to be aggressive after his double in the eighth and he got a great jump as Barnes was pitching to Blake Swihart.

''I was just trying to get to third and make things a little bit easier,'' Bogaerts said. ''Trying to get a guy home from third with one out is better than trying to get a guy in from second.''

Bogaerts was halfway down the third-base line and had a clear view as Solarte tried to get under the ball before it bounced off his glove.

''You have to make that play. It's not always easy when the infield is in,'' Gibbons said.

SOLID START

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez recovered from a rough outing in a 6-3 loss to Houston last Friday, when the Astros tagged him for five runs and six hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Rodriguez struck out seven in six innings this time, retiring the last nine batters he faced. He struck out two in the sixth before the Red Sox turned it over to their bullpen in the seventh. He allowed one run on five hits and didn't walk a batter.

It was only his third start since coming off an extended stint on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle.

Cora said he wasn't about to push Rodriguez.

''It was more about taking care of him,'' the manager explained. ''I felt that six was good. The way he threw the ball in the sixth inning was good enough for me.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 3B Eduardo Nunez left in the fourth with soreness in his right knee after hitting a leadoff double. Nunez, who tripped and stumbled over first base while running out a fielder's choice in the second, was replaced by Devers.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (7-11, 5.32 ERA) starts Friday for Toronto in the first of three games at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.29) gets the ball when Boston opens a three-game series at home against the New York Mets.

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  • W: B. Workman (5-0)L: D. Barnes (3-3)S: C. Kimbrel (40)
  • HR: TOR - L. Gurriel (8), BOS - J. Martinez (41), R. Devers (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Gurriel SS52211020.284.317.436.7537.0
Y. Solarte 2B40000001.234.287.394.6810.0
J. Smoak 1B30110120.247.355.466.8212.0
J. Davis PR01000000.200.200.200.4001.0
R. Tellez 1B00000000.409.435.8641.2980.0
K. Morales DH40200001.256.339.456.7953.0
D. Smith PR-DH00000000.241.333.444.7780.0
R. Grichuk RF30100021.245.302.481.7831.0
K. Pillar CF30010002.245.274.408.6822.0
T. Hernandez LF30100001.241.299.473.7721.0
a- B. McKinney PH-LF10000013.324.393.568.960-0.5
A. Diaz 3B40000003.254.290.445.7350.0
R. McGuire C20000010.250.333.375.708-0.5
b- D. Jansen PH-C20000010.254.357.407.764-0.5
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
  • b-popped out for R. McGuire in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF40000002.289.367.473.8400.0
I. Kinsler 2B30010000.247.306.396.7011.0
M. Moreland 1B40100010.250.325.447.7720.5
J. Martinez RF41211010.330.400.6341.0346.5
X. Bogaerts SS41200010.291.362.524.8865.5
B. Swihart DH30000113.224.277.298.5762.5
E. Nunez 3B20100001.262.287.387.6742.0
R. Devers PR-3B21111011.239.295.420.7165.5
C. Vazquez C30100002.213.256.298.5543.0
a- B. Holt PH10000011.260.347.368.715-0.5
S. Leon C00000000.184.242.290.5310.0
J. Bradley CF31100012.232.311.401.7122.5
  • a-struck out for Vazquez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Morales (15)
  • HR - L. Gurriel (8)
  • RBI - L. Gurriel (27), J. Smoak (75), K. Pillar (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (29), K. Pillar (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Morales, B. McKinney 3 (3), A. Diaz 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - X. Bogaerts (42), E. Nunez (22), J. Bradley (29)
  • HR - J. Martinez (41), R. Devers (17)
  • SF - I. Kinsler (3)
  • RBI - I. Kinsler (46), J. Martinez (122), R. Devers (56)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, B. Swihart 3 (3), C. Vazquez, B. Holt, J. Bradley
BASERUNNING
  • SB - X. Bogaerts (7), B. Swihart (5), C. Vazquez (3)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Solarte (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gaviglio3.16221115.251.440.5
J. Fernandez1.10000001.500.833.0
M. Leiter1.02110316.101.841.5
T. Mayza1.10000103.691.363.5
D. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.01100205.301.69-2.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Gaviglio3.1
J. Fernandez1.1
M. Leiter1.0
T. Mayza1.1
D. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez6.05110703.531.2218.5
R. Brasier (H, 8)1.00000001.590.853.0
B. Poyner (H, 4)0.21110012.201.10-2.0
J. Kelly (BS, 4)0.01111004.261.30-3.0
B. Workman (W, 5-0)0.10000102.391.127.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 40)1.00000102.331.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez6.0
R. Brasier (H, 8)1.0
B. Poyner (H, 4)0.2
J. Kelly (BS, 4)0.0
B. Workman (W, 5-0)0.1
C. Kimbrel (S, 40)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 53-32, J. Fernandez 15-10, M. Leiter 22-15, T. Mayza 16-9, D. Barnes 25-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 7-2, J. Fernandez 2-2, T. Mayza 3-0, D. Barnes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 17, J. Fernandez 4, M. Leiter 5, T. Mayza 4, D. Barnes 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Kelly 2 (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 78-52, R. Brasier 10-8, B. Poyner 7-5, J. Kelly 15-5, B. Workman 3-3, C. Kimbrel 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-6, R. Brasier 1-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, R. Brasier 3, B. Poyner 3, J. Kelly 4, B. Workman, C. Kimbrel 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Gurriel SS52211020.284.317.436.7537.0
Y. Solarte 2B40000001.234.287.394.6810.0
J. Smoak 1B30110120.247.355.466.8212.0
J. Davis PR01000000.200.200.200.4001.0
R. Tellez 1B00000000.409.435.8641.2980.0
K. Morales DH40200001.256.339.456.7953.0
D. Smith PR-DH00000000.241.333.444.7780.0
R. Grichuk RF30100021.245.302.481.7831.0
K. Pillar CF30010002.245.274.408.6822.0
T. Hernandez LF30100001.241.299.473.7721.0
a- B. McKinney PH-LF10000013.324.393.568.960-0.5
A. Diaz 3B40000003.254.290.445.7350.0
R. McGuire C20000010.250.333.375.708-0.5
b- D. Jansen PH-C20000010.254.357.407.764-0.5
Total3447311912-----
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
  • b-popped out for R. McGuire in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF40000002.289.367.473.8400.0
I. Kinsler 2B30010000.247.306.396.7011.0
M. Moreland 1B40100010.250.325.447.7720.5
J. Martinez RF41211010.330.400.6341.0346.5
X. Bogaerts SS41200010.291.362.524.8865.5
B. Swihart DH30000113.224.277.298.5762.5
E. Nunez 3B20100001.262.287.387.6742.0
R. Devers PR-3B21111011.239.295.420.7165.5
C. Vazquez C30100002.213.256.298.5543.0
a- B. Holt PH10000011.260.347.368.715-0.5
S. Leon C00000000.184.242.290.5310.0
J. Bradley CF31100012.232.311.401.7122.5
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  • a-struck out for Vazquez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Morales (15)
  • HR - L. Gurriel (8)
  • RBI - L. Gurriel (27), J. Smoak (75), K. Pillar (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (29), K. Pillar (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Morales, B. McKinney 3 (3), A. Diaz 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - X. Bogaerts (42), E. Nunez (22), J. Bradley (29)
  • HR - J. Martinez (41), R. Devers (17)
  • SF - I. Kinsler (3)
  • RBI - I. Kinsler (46), J. Martinez (122), R. Devers (56)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, B. Swihart 3 (3), C. Vazquez, B. Holt, J. Bradley
BASERUNNING
  • SB - X. Bogaerts (7), B. Swihart (5), C. Vazquez (3)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Solarte (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gaviglio3.16221115.251.440.5
J. Fernandez1.10000001.500.833.0
M. Leiter1.02110316.101.841.5
T. Mayza1.10000103.691.363.5
D. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.01100205.301.69-2.0
Total8.0943172---
PITCHERSIP
S. Gaviglio3.1
J. Fernandez1.1
M. Leiter1.0
T. Mayza1.1
D. Barnes (L, 3-3)1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez6.05110703.531.2218.5
R. Brasier (H, 8)1.00000001.590.853.0
B. Poyner (H, 4)0.21110012.201.10-2.0
J. Kelly (BS, 4)0.01111004.261.30-3.0
B. Workman (W, 5-0)0.10000102.391.127.5
C. Kimbrel (S, 40)1.00000102.331.0010.5
Total9.0733191---
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez6.0
R. Brasier (H, 8)1.0
B. Poyner (H, 4)0.2
J. Kelly (BS, 4)0.0
B. Workman (W, 5-0)0.1
C. Kimbrel (S, 40)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 53-32, J. Fernandez 15-10, M. Leiter 22-15, T. Mayza 16-9, D. Barnes 25-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 7-2, J. Fernandez 2-2, T. Mayza 3-0, D. Barnes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 17, J. Fernandez 4, M. Leiter 5, T. Mayza 4, D. Barnes 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Kelly 2 (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 78-52, R. Brasier 10-8, B. Poyner 7-5, J. Kelly 15-5, B. Workman 3-3, C. Kimbrel 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-6, R. Brasier 1-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 23, R. Brasier 3, B. Poyner 3, J. Kelly 4, B. Workman, C. Kimbrel 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Swihart safe at first on 2nd baseman Solarte fielding error, Bogaerts scored34
    Pillar hit by pitch, Davis scored, Smith to third, Grichuk to second33
    Gurriel homered to left23
  • 6TH INNING
    Devers homered to right13
  • 3RD INNING
    Kinsler hit sacrifice fly to left, Bradley scored12
    Smoak singled to center, Gurriel scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Martinez homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Craig Kimbrel relieved Brandon Workman
    • Sandy Leon catching
    • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to left
    • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
    • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bobby Poyner relieved Ryan Brasier
    • Danny Jansen hit for Reese McGuire
    • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jansen popped out to second
    • L. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to left
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte fouled out to catcher
    • Joe Kelly relieved Bobby Poyner
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
    • Jonathan Davis ran for Justin Smoak
    • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Morales singled to right, Davis to second
    • Dwight Smith ran for Kendrys Morales
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk hit by pitch, Davis to third, Smith to second
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pillar hit by pitch, Davis scored, Smith to third, Grichuk to second
    • Brandon Workman relieved Joe Kelly
    • Billy McKinney hit for Teoscar Hernandez
    • B. McKinney: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rowdy Tellez at first base
    • Danny Barnes relieved Tim Mayza
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts stole third, Ball, Swihart safe at first on 2nd baseman Solarte fielding error, Bogaerts scored
    • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • Brock Holt hit for Christian Vazquez
    • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ryan Brasier relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pillar lined out to right
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mayza Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to second
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales lined out to left
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leiter Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers homered to right
    • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez singled to left
    • Tim Mayza relieved Mark Leiter
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Vazquez stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McGuire struck out looking
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Fernandez Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler flied out to right
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
    • Mark Leiter relieved Jose Fernandez
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk singled to shallow left
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to third, Grichuk to second
    • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Nunez doubled to left center
    • Rafael Devers ran for Eduardo Nunez
    • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to third
    • Jose Fernandez relieved Sam Gaviglio
    • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second, Devers to third
    • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McGuire grounded out to third
    • L. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to center
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte grounded out to pitcher, Gurriel to second
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to center, Gurriel scored
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Bradley doubled to deep left
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop, Bradley to third
    • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler hit sacrifice fly to left, Bradley scored
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland singled to right
    • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to left, Moreland to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to third, Moreland to third, Martinez to second
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart grounded into fielder's choice to third, Martinez out at third
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Morales doubled to deep right
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar flied out to deep center
    • T. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to left, Morales to third
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to right center
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Swihart walked
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to second, Swihart out at second
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Vazquez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte flied out to deep left
    • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to second
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to first
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)