Alex Verdugo had an RBI grounder earlier than Martinez related on his 250th homer. The 2-out drive got here off Rafael Dolis (1-1), making his second look since getting back from a proper calf damage.
Martinez shouted and repeatedly pumped his fists whereas rounding the bases. He stopped a 12-game homerless drought Wednesday.
Phillips Valdez (2-1) went 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Matt Barnes labored the ninth to get his tenth save in 11 probabilities. After strolling Rowdy Tellez, Barnes struck out Danny Jansen with a 98 mph full-count fastball.
Boston (27-18) held onto the AL East lead. Toronto dropped to 10-7 at TD Ballpark, the place the Blue Jays have 4 extra dwelling video games trigger by Canadian authorities coronavirus journey restrictions. Toronto shifts dwelling video games subsequent month to its Triple-A affiliate’s ballpark in Buffalo, New York.
Jonathan Davis and Randal Grichuk had RBI singles off Hirokazu Sawamura within the sixth because the Blue Jays went up 7-5. Grichuk’s hit got here after shortstop Xander Bogaerts made a diving seize on Teoscar Hernández’s two-out grounder, however second baseman Michael Chavis was charged with an error for dropping a flip toss.
A match up of five-game winners was offensive fireworks early.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Grichuk had RBI doubles off Nick Pivetta within the first, and the Purple Sox had seven straight batters attain with two outs throughout a five-run second in opposition to Steven Matz.
Bobby Dalbec hit an opposite-field three-run homer that struck the right-field pole, and Kiké Hernández and Martinez contributed run-scoring singles.
Pivetta allowed 5 runs, seven hits, two walks and struck out eight in 5 innings.
Matz, who gave up 5 runs and 10 hits over six innings, was in line for the win till Dolis blew the save.
There was some lighthearted ribbing relating to Boston LHP Eduardo Rodríguez’s lack of hitting prowess (0 for 20, 10 strikeouts) heading into his begin Sunday at Philadelphia.
“I’d be actually blissful if he will get one however I can even be actually shocked,” stated Bogaerts, who put the prospect of Rodríguez getting successful at one %.
Purple Sox supervisor Alex Cora stated he was not assured.
Cora has a rule that gamers can’t put on earrings however will let Rodriguez do it when he bats to see if it helps.
Cora is wanting ahead to seeing former Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who at the moment holds the identical place with the Phillies. The pair had been collectively through the Purple Sox’s 2018 World Sequence championship season
As for Dombrowski’s legacy, Cora stated “he gained” and “he did it his approach, too.”
Purple Sox: INF-OF Danny Santana (foot an infection) might be known as up from Triple-A Worcester shortly..
Blue Jays: Supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated CF George Springer (quadriceps) continues his working development however must be constructed up extra and would require a rehab project.
Purple Sox: LHP Martín Pérez (1-2) and Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (3-3) are Friday night time’s starters
Blue Jays: Will face Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow (4-2) Friday night time to start out their closing dwelling sequence at TD Ballpark. The Rays have gained seven straight.