Red Sox sweep Jays, near AL East crown
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.