Bos­ton beans Blue Jays, 5-1; Pomer­anz leads with solid pitch­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - KYLE HIGHTOWER BOS­TON —

Dustin Pe­droia drove in three, Drew Pomer­anz pitched three-hit ball into the sev­enth in­ning and the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-1, in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Wednes­day night.

Pomer­anz (10-4) al­lowed an un­earned run over 6 2/3 in­nings to win his fourth straight de­ci­sion and con­tin­ues to be among Bos­ton’s most de­pend­able arms. He hasn’t lost since June 11, and the Red Sox are 9-3 in his past 12 starts. His ERA over the stretch is 2.62, drop­ping it from 5.29 to 3.51 for the sea­son.

Pe­droia and Deven Mar­rero each had two-run sin­gles with two outs in the sec­ond in­ning to pro­vide all the of­fence the Red Sox needed. Pe­droia has six RBIs in the se­ries, which con­cludes Thurs­day.

Aaron Sanchez (1-3) gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in four in­nings. It ended his four-game win­ning streak against Bos­ton.

A baserun­ning er­ror early in the sec­ond al­most de­railed Bos­ton’s big in­ning. Chris Young led off with a dou­ble, and Jackie Bradley Jr. fol­lowed with a sin­gle. Af­ter Bradley stole sec­ond, Chris­tian Vazquez hit a sharp grounder to first base­man Justin Smoak. He stepped on the bag for the out, and then caught Young hung up be­tween third and home. Young was tagged out af­ter a brief run­down for the dou­ble play, but Brock Holt walked to keep the in­ning alive.

TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: RHP Michael Bolsinger was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list prior to the game with left knee in­flam­ma­tion. Bolsinger al­lowed one hit — a walk-off homer in the 15th in­ning — in 3 1/3 in­nings in Toronto’s 5-4 loss Tues­day. RHP Ce­sar Valdez was re­called from Triple-A Buf­falo.

UP NEXT Blue Jays: In­con­sis­tent LHP Fran­cisco Liri­ano (5-5, 6.04 ERA) will make his 16th start of the sea­son. Red Sox: RHP Doug Fis­ter (0-3, 6.75) goes for Bos­ton.

CHARLES KRUPA, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Red Sox An­drew Ben­in­tendi makes the catch on a drive by Blue Jays’ Kevin Pil­lar in Bos­ton’s Fen­way Park on Wednes­day.

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