Boston beans Blue Jays, 5-1; Pomeranz leads with solid pitching
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.
Red Sox Andrew Benintendi makes the catch on a drive by Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar in Boston’s Fenway Park on Wednesday.