Big Papi is rib­bie-happy

Knocks in pair against Jays, leads ma­jors with 53

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - BASEBALL - By Ken Pow­tak

BOS­TON — Mar­cus Stro­man should be glad he won’t see the Bos­ton Red Sox for a

Stro­man was hit hard by Bos­ton for the third time this sea­son, giv­ing up six runs over 5 2/3 in­nings in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6- 4 loss to the Red Sox Satur­day.

The loss was Toronto’s third in its past 12 games.

”They’re a good lineup, one through nine,” Stro­man said. “They’re ob­vi­ously on a great run. They’re all very hot, but I just wasn’t ex­e­cut­ing. Just got to kind of find out what’s been go­ing on, where I can kind of get back to where I’ve been in the past.”

Stro­man (5-2) gave up nine hits, walked five and struck out four. He’s al­lowed at least six runs in three of his last four starts.

The righty has given up 18 runs over 16 1/3 in­nings in his three starts against the Red Sox, get­ting a loss and two no-de­ci­sions.

“It was a bat­tle for him, re­ally typ­i­cal Fen­way Park game,” Blue Jays man­ager John Gib­bons said. “They swing the bats and got some big hits.”

Af­ter this week­end, the Blue Jays aren’t sched­uled to see the Red Sox un­til early Septem­ber in Toronto.

David Or­tiz added two more RBI to his tor­rid start in what he says will be his fi­nal sea­son and Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs for the Red Sox.

The 40-year- old Or­tiz en­tered the day lead­ing the ma­jors in RBI and raised his to­tal to 53, help­ing Bos­ton snap a three-game los­ing streak. He an­nounced his re­tire­ment on his birth­day in Novem­ber.

Knuck­le­baller Steven Wright (6- 4) gave up three un­earned runs, five walks and three hits in five in­nings, strik­ing out three, but was lifted due to a high pitch count.

Craig Kim­brel worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Lead­ing 5- 4 in the sixth in­ning, Bos­ton ben­e­fited from an over­turned re­view on a play at home plate.

Betts dou­bled into the left-field corner and Blake Swi­hart tried to score from first but was called out by plate um­pire Jerry Meals. Af­ter a lengthy re­view, it was ruled Swi­hart touched the plate be­fore catcher Russell Martin’s tag.

Or­tiz’s bro­ken-bat, two-run sin­gle with run­ners on sec­ond and third gave Bos­ton a 3- 0 edge in the third.

Justin Smoak’s RBI sin­gle in the fourth sliced it to 3-1 be­fore Betts’ run-scor­ing sin­gle pushed Bos­ton back in front by three in the bot­tom half.

Toronto then cut it to 4-3 in the fifth when Wright struck out Michael Saun­ders for what would have been the fi­nal out, but the ball bounced off catcher Ryan Hani­gan’s glove for a passed ball.

Ryan Goins scored from third and Jose Bautista from sec­ond when Hani­gan threw late to first with the plate left un­cov­ered.



Bos­ton’s Travis Shaw (right) trots home on an RBI- sin­gle by Red Sox team­mate Blake Swi­hart dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Satur­day.

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