Martinez 3-Run Homer Leads To Sox Win

Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland

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Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox snapped their season-high three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

"Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons called the events of Monday are extremely brutal, and the Manager Red Sox Alex Cora said that "...the mere thought of what happened becomes bad". "This was a meaningful win". But they dropped a pair of series to their main rivals -- NY and Boston - in the last week, going 2-5.

The right fielder cranked an opposite-field home run into the bullpen in the fifth inning with the Sox down by one. Granderson went 3 for 5 with three RBIs. His second punch out was to Eduardo Nunez and he represented the 1000th strikeout victim of Estrada's career.

Boston improved to 6-1 in one-run games and got their 18th win of the season, tying the franchise record for victories before May 1. The loss was Kimbrel's first since October 1, 2016, against Toronto. "I just didn't do my job today".

Martinez's blast traveled with a 102.2 miles per hour exit velocity and at a 23 degree launch to put Boston ahead 5-3. The Jays pulled to within one in the seventh inning when a one-out Travis triple was followed by an RBI groundout from pinch hitter Kendrys Morales to make the score 5-4 ... "If you don't win that one, that's a kick in the teeth".

He legged out an infield single, stole second and beat the throw home when Pearce lifted a flare into left field. A sacrifice fly by Kevin Pillar knocked in the other run in the first inning.

After Sanchez walked Jackie Bradley Jr., and hit Christian Vazquez with a pitch, Holt doubled to bring home Bradley with the go-ahead run. The big blow came in the fifth, when Red Sox slugger J.D. "He can beat you so many ways. He made a ideal throw and threw him out".

The 10 strikeouts were also a season best for Sale.

Estrada ended his evening with eight hits in his five innings of work allowing five earned runs with his five strikeouts. He is 6-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 12 career games (nine starts) against the Blue Jays overall and was 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts against them last season.

"It's tough to see because he's playing the way he's playing", Cora said.

Porcello extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 by pitching around a one-out walk in the first but couldn't escape the second. The Red Sox have fanned 10 or more times in three straight.

Sanchez walked Andrew Benintendi to load the bases but Toronto turned a slick 4-6-3 double play on a Hanley Ramirez grounder to keep it a 2-1 game. They'll face Chris Sale on Thursday night when the American League East rivals wrap up their series at 7:07 p.m. ET. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo homer for the Blue Jays, who fell to 14-9. Perhaps the two players will swap places now. After the video message and a moment of silence, a group of high school students performed the national anthems.

"A blue banner reading "#TORONTOSTRONG" was hung from the second deck in center field, and similar signs were hung on the wall behind home plate.

Two-time Gold Glove victor Mookie Betts made a diving, backhanded catch to retire Teoscar Hernandez in the fifth.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada looked very sharp at the start, including a three-swinging-strikeout second inning that began with his career strikeout No. 1,000, on Mitch Moreland.

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