Red Sox sweep Jays, near AL East crown

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

BOS­TON (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit his 41st home run and the Bos­ton Red Sox moved closer to clinch­ing the AL East ti­tle, com­plet­ing a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 4-3 vic­tory Thurs­day night.

Xan­der Bo­gaerts scored the go-ahead run on an eighth-in­ning er­ror af­ter the Blue Jays ral­lied in the top half with two runs to tie it 3-all.

Rafael Dev­ers also home­red for the ma­jor league­lead­ing Red Sox (101-46), who pulled 10½ games ahead of the idle New York Yan­kees and de­creased their magic num­ber to six for clinch­ing a third straight di­vi­sion crown.

Bos­ton is the only team in the ma­jors that’s al­ready locked up a play­off berth.

Bran­don Work­man (5-0) faced one bat­ter, end­ing Toronto’s eighth-in­ning rally, and got the win. Craig Kim­brel earned his 40th save.

Danny Barnes (3-3) took the loss.

Lour­des Gur­riel Jr. home­red for the Blue Jays.

Dev­ers hit a solo homer to right with two outs in the sixth off Mark Leiter Jr., putting Bos­ton up 3-1.

Martinez went deep in the se­cond, ty­ing Oak­land’s Khris Davis for the ma­jor league lead in homers.

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