Blue Jays out of haze
Mount comeback to win third straight game
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).
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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.