Big Papi is ribbie-happy
Knocks in pair against Jays, leads majors with 53
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.
RED SOX 6 BLUE JAYS 4
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.