Martinez Drives In 3, Sox Win


Maile capped an incredible night, lining a line drive over the wall in centre field off Boston reliever Brian Johnson for a two-run home run to send the Blue Jays to a joyous 5-3 12-inning walkoff victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.

David Price didn't show much rust in his return from a sore wrist.

The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday at 1:07 p.m. ET.

"It was good to get back out there", Price said. "It's a place I feel comfortable pitching".

Price issued two of his three walks in the fourth, putting himself in trouble. Price threw an extended bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on Thursday and pronounced himself fit to take the ball on Saturday.

"Changing speeds, using the breaking ball, elevating fastballs, that was good to see", Cora said. "And he competed. That's all we wanted from him".

Blue Jay relievers Jake Petricka, Aaron Loup and Seung-hwan Oh all pitched scoreless innings in relief, while Ryan Tepera allowed one run on two hits in the ninth, striking out three.

"It was good to get back out there", Price said. "I wish I could have given the team a better chance to win today but still got through six".

Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez celebrates a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with teammate Andrew Benintendi during the third inning.

Estrada continued his third inning play-by-play review: "Next pitch wasn't so great - Benintendi...hit a gapper".

Biagini hasn't won a start with the Blue Jays this season in three attempts, and is 0-3 with a 4.57 ERA in four starts with triple-A Buffalo.

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At least that specific skipper's Ave Maria was answered in Toronto's 5-2 loss: a six-inning contribution by Estrada, in a month when only three starts have gone that distance. "I like the mound". "I didn't think he hit it that well but ... got a double out of it".

Smoak led off the sixth with a solo shot off Price to make it 4-2. The homer was Smoak's first since April 30 at Minnesota.

A big inning by Hector Velazquez took care of the seventh and the Sox got a strong outing by Joe Kelly, who allowed a single to Russell Martin but still struck out the side in the eighth.

Price (3-4), in his first start since being diagnosed with a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome earlier this week, allowed two runs and five hits, walked two and struck out six over five-and-two-third innings.

With one out in the inning, a fan ran onto the field and caused a delay of about five minutes. After police and security staff escorted the fan out the gate in right field, Cora came out to make the change.

"That lead off walk to (Jackie) Bradley Jr". He's 5 for 54 with no extra-base hits and 26 strikeouts in his past 17 games. "And more I threw the better I felt, so that's always a good sign". Hopefully, we keep them rested enough. "He'll be out there tomorrow".

Xander Bogaerts stroked his fourth homer leading off the fourth for Boston to tie the game, and that should have been it. This contest also saw the debut of the newly acquired Gio Urshela, who went 1-for-2 in his first game with the club.

Price was supposed to start against the Yankees on Wednesday, but had his start pushed to Saturday due to concern over the feeling in his left wrist.

Normally a catcher, Martin made his second start at third base in four days, while Josh Donaldson was the DH. Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3.

Life as a starter continues to be a struggle for Joe Biagini.