Martinez homer lifts Red Sox over Blue Jays

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Updates with Yankees beating Oakland.

Touching 95 miles per hour and throwing more curves than he's used since last June, Price held the Toronto Blue Jays to two runs while striking out six over 5.1 innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 win at the Rogers Centre. Toronto stranded eight base runners over the first seven innings - 10 in total - and was 2-for-13 hitting with runners in scoring position.

His command was mostly sharp until the fourth inning, when he walked two batters and gave up a two-out RBI single to Anthony Alford.

Urshela has been a third baseman for most of his career, but catcher Russell Martin made his second start of the season at third on Saturday and regular third baseman Josh Donaldson was used as designated hitter as has been used on occasion since returning from the DL where he had been with a sore shoulder.

While the Red Sox bullpen has been questionable and the starting pitching has taken a step back after a hot start, the Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, on Sunday to complete a hard road trip with a 6-4 record thanks largely to two people: Mookie Betts and Martinez.

Well, let's just he offered a gentle reminder Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto has lost six of 10 overall. The Red Sox went 6-4 on a trip to Texas and AL East rivals NY and Toronto. "I was hoping (starter Aaron Sanchez) wasn't on the hook for a really unfortunate L right there".

"It's nice to go home, play in front of our own fans and sleep in our own beds", Martinez said.

J.D. Martinez has hit a two-run homer and RBI single. It scored Betts, who singled, stole second and took third on a Benintendi flyout to the wall in left and Biagini was removed from the game. It's fun to watch. Solarte was out at home on Martin's two-out double to left.

Justin Smoak roped a double to right-centre, which just eluded Betts's outstretched glove.

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Price pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six in his first start since skipping his last outing in NY due to a minor case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

"Don't worry about that now, will ya", Gibbons said, adding he thought Biagini had "good stuff" on Sunday. This came following Carson Smith, Velazquez, Kelly and Craig Kimbrel combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings the day before in relief of David Price. "Under control. Nobody panicked". "When he's on, he's throwing that fastball over the plate, it gets a lot of action on it so it gets some quick ground balls", said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "You've got to have a plan and try to execute". "Those kind of things happen". The lanky left-hander allowed three runs and six hits over nine innings.

Boston's Brock Holt was thrown out trying to steal third in the ninth, the second Red Sox player in as many days to be caught stealing at third.

"We just had a good team plan", Betts said.

"We need to address that", Cora said. When we make decisions like that, it can't be a gamble.

Blue Jays regular shortstop Aledmys Diaz is on the DL with a sprained ankle and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who has been playing there for him, is in a 1-for-13 drought and had the day off. A corresponding move has not yet been made.

They win two of the three games in the Toroonto series and finally come back home after a long roadtrip.

Right-handed starters are 1-17 with a 7.08 ERA in 31 starts against the Red Sox this season. LHP Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11) starts for the Athletics.

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