Blue Jays out of haze

Mount come­back to win third straight game

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game since last Oc­to­ber.

“All you can ask for in that op­por­tu­nity is a chance to get up and to help your team win,” Travis said of his team­mate. “All game long he was huge for us.”

Kim­brel (0-2) got the last two outs in the eighth in­ning and picked up two quick outs in the ninth. But Justin Smoak kept things go­ing with a sin­gle and pinch-run­ner Eze­quiel Car­rera stole sec­ond and took third on an er­rant throw.

The sell­out crowd of 48,154 at Rogers Cen­tre roared when Martin smacked a pitch to the gap in left-cen­tre field to bring home the ty­ing run.

“That’s a good piece of hit­ting,” Kim­brel said. “I left it up and he drove it and I think there are times when you throw bad pitches and guys pop them up, and there are times when you throw good pitches and guys hit line drives. So it was dis­ap­point­ing.”

Martin, a Toronto na­tive who grew up in Mon­treal, took third on a wild pitch and came across when the speedy Travis legged out a sin­gle. First base­man Han­ley Ramirez couldn’t squeeze Travis Shaw’s low throw to first base from across the di­a­mond.

“I was just try­ing to battle and put the ball in play,” Travis said. “Good things hap­pen some­times when that hap­pens. So that was my goal, just to put it in play.”

Xan­der Bo­gaerts and Shaw also home­red for the Red Sox, who scored four runs in the fifth in­ning and tacked on two more in the sixth against Blue Jays starter Mar­cus Stro­man.

Ramirez drove in three runs for the Red Sox (29-20), who have lost three in a row. Gavin Floyd (2-3) worked an in­ning of re­lief for the vic­tory.

Toronto scored three runs in the third in­ning off Red Sox starter Rick Por­cello. He worked 6 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing four earned runs, seven hits and a walk. He had five strike­outs.

In the eighth, Michael Saun­ders and Smoak reached against reliever Tommy Layne. Ju­nichi Tazawa came on and Martin hit a flare that scored Saun­ders from sec­ond base.

Travis fol­lowed with a dou­ble that scored Smoak and a wild pitch al­lowed Martin to come across. Tazawa struck out pinch-hit­ter Jimmy Pare­des be­fore be­ing re­placed by Kim­brel, who fanned Kevin Pil­lar be­fore giv­ing up a game-ty­ing RBI sin­gle to Jose Bautista.

Stro­man worked 5 1/3 in­nings and gave up seven earned runs, 11 hits and a walk while strik­ing out five.

NOTES: It was Toronto’s eighth home sell­out of the sea­son... Be­fore the game, the Blue Jays placed short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki on the 15-day dis­abled list due to a quadri­ceps strain and ac­ti­vated pitcher Aaron Loup. The left-handed reliever suf­fered a fore­arm flexor strain dur­ing spring train­ing. Loup came on in the sev­enth in­ning and struck out both bat­ters he faced... Mon­treal Cana­di­ens de­fence­man P.K. Sub­ban, wear­ing a No. 76 jersey with “Sub­bana­tor” on the back, took a few swings in the bat­ting cage be­fore the game... Knuck­le­baller R.A. Dickey (2- 6, 4.60 earned-run av­er­age) will start to­day’s se­ries fi­nale against for­mer Blue Jays ace David Price (7-1, 5.34).



Toronto Blue Jays left-fielder Eze­quiel Car­rera steals se­cond un­der­neath Bos­ton Red Sox se­cond base­man Dustin Pe­droia. Car­rera took third on an er­rant throw.

Toronto Blue Jays third base­man Josh Don­ald­son (left) hugs se­cond base­man Devon Travis af­ter Travis smacked the game-win­ning RBI Satur­day.

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