Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox

Saturday was more of the same story.

Compared to his total season slash line of.255/.300/.403, Pillar performed well against lefty pitching at home in 2017, slashing.333/.364/.583 over 77 such plate appearances. "Things are usually going OK and the next thing you know I get two guys on [base], the next guy hits the ball well and it just kinda ruins everything".

Facing right-hander Joe Biagini, pitching in place of the injured Marcus Stroman, Martinez hammered the first pitch he saw for a two-run jack to right-center field in the first inning. The right-hander also walked a batter and struck out five.

Velazquez (5-0) allowed two hits over two innings while striking out two for the win.

For all the struggles that the Red Sox bullpen had in NY, it's also worth noting nearly every other bullpen in the league has had its fair share of issues against the Yankees this year.

Martinez homered and had three RBIs, Mookie Betts had two hits and made a sensational diving catch, and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Sunday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he had no problem with third base coach Luis Rivera's decision to send Solarte.

"I like the mound", Price said. Toronto ranks second in the Majors with 61 runs against left-handers on the season, so I expect them to get to Pomeranz, and the over is 4-1-1 in Pomeranz' last six Sunday starts. We've just been struggling a bit, which happens in sports. Solarte is 1 for 16 with one RBI against the Red Sox this season.

Drew Pomeranz wasn't sharp in this one, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks over just four-plus innings of work.

The former Blue Jay, who helped Toronto reach the American League Championship Series in 2015, had his last start pushed back and was coming off one of his worst outings of his career, allowing a season-high nine runs against Texas on May 3.

Though acknowledging he isn't pleased to be headed to the DL, Stroman said the move was "a collective decision to take a step back, do what I need to do for my shoulder, get my emotion and everything in sync". "The more I threw, the better I felt". "To me, that's always a good sign". Curtis Granderson's walkoff homer against Craig Kimbrel gave Toronto a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Red Sox on April 24, and Kimbrel remained in the bullpen this time while Johnson was charged with the defeat. Betts went to third on a single to right by Andrew Benintendi and then scored on a ground out by J.D. Martinez to give Boston a quick 1-0 lead.

Jays third baseman Russell Martin tags out Boston's Christian Vazquez on a steal attempt during the seventh inning.

Xander Bogaerts stroked his fourth homer leading off the fourth for Boston to tie the game, and that should have been it. Bogaerts scored on Devers's RBI single for a 4-1 edge. Biagini has made two spot starts for Toronto this season.

"Hopefully it's the first of many", Alford said of his first RBI.

Luke Maile is not the first name that comes to mind when you picture hitting excellence. I told [first base coach Tim] Leiper I didn't think my first hit was going to ever come here. "Just dealing with all that is, again, a great opportunity for me".

Smoak led off the sixth with a solo shot off Price to make it 4-2. Betts doubled down the line, Benintendi slashed a changeup to the gap for another double and Ramirez nailed a fastball into the home bullpen.

Still, around the Blue Jays clubhouse, there is a constant reminder of that era: Marco Estrada's bathrobe. The 10 curveballs he threw dwarfed the two combined he delivered in his last two starts.

  • Stacy Allen