Red Sox edge Blue Jays to claim series win


Maile capped an incredible night, lining a line drive over the wall in centre field off Boston reliever Brian Johnson for a two-run home run to send the Blue Jays to a joyous 5-3 12-inning walkoff victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.

Boston is 12-1 in series finales this season, winning its past six. One out later, Martin added an RBI single to get Toronto within 4-3.

Boston also maintained a share of the best record in the majors with the Yankees, who beat Oakland on Sunday.

As NESN's Dave O'Brien noted, Betts' play came in fair territory, and prevented Toronto from scoring its first run of the game.

Betts made a superb catch on Richard Urena's fly to right field with a runner at second to end the Toronto fourth. It's fun to watch. He doubled to left again in the ninth, plating a key insurance run that prevented the Blue Jays from having any hopes of tying things up with a walk and a two-run homer. Toronto is 11-11 at Rogers Centre. He's 5 for 54 with no extra-base hits and 26 strikeouts in his past 17 games.

Marco Estrada started for the Jays and went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and taking the loss, his third of the season.

"Nothing felt good coming out of my hand", Pomeranz said.

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Hector Velazquez, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree and Joe Kelly combined to throw five scoreless innings. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded the throw from left fielder Andrew Benintendi and fired it to catcher Christian Vazquez, who tagged Solarte to preserve Boston's narrow lead.

"Changing speeds, using the breaking ball, elevating fastballs, that was good to see", Cora said. "Under control. Nobody panicked". "When he's on, he's throwing that fastball over the plate, it gets a lot of action on it so it gets some quick ground balls", said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. His 39 runs through 38 games were the most in franchise history, passing the likes of Ted Williams (1942) and Tris Speaker (1912) with 38 apiece. "Those kind of things happen".

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 top of the order was practically dormant and while they did play a good defensive game, it wasn't almost enough to stop the Red Sox offense from putting up five runs. Cora said it's something he'll talk to the team about.

Of starters in general, Gibbons said: "They need to be good". "He went out and did a great job at giving us a chance to win". When we make decisions like that, it can't be a gamble. The Jays, who finish the three-game set with the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon before an off-day on Monday, have lost six of their past nine. RHP Carlos Ramirez was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire on the 40-man roster. … Following the game Toronto optioned OF Anthony Alford to Buffalo with a corresponding move to come prior to Tuesday's game against the Mets. A corresponding move will be made before Toronto's next game, Tuesday at NY against the Mets.

There were three video reviews during the game, including two from the Red Sox. LHP Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11) starts for the Athletics.

Since April 13, they're the two best hitters in baseball.

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