The Red Sox held onto sole possession of first place in the American League East by virtue of a ninth inning JD Martinez homer in the series finale of a three-game set against the Blue Jays. Prior to that in the opening game, it was another tough outing for Eduardo Rodriguez who was tagged for five runs (four earned) across five innings pitched. Opposite Rodriguez, Hyun Jin Ryu had the Sox well contained tossing seven shut-out innings while only allowing four Red Sox hits. Matt Andriese followed Rodriguez and continued his struggles allowing three runs in finish off the 8-0 loss.
On Wednesday in the second game, the Red Sox came out on fire racking up 5 runs in the first inning thanks to homers from Alex Verdugo and J.D. Martinez. Enrique Hernández and Christian Vázquez also homered to cap off the 7-3 victory.
The finale was a wild one. The Red Sox jumped out to a 5-3 lead thanks to another five-run inning early in this contest, but then slowly allowed the Jays back into it with two runs to tie the game in the fifth and then two more in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. The top of the ninth started with back-to-back singles from Bobby Dalbec and Michael Chavis, then a Verdugo ground out scored Dalbec. Finally, a Martinez two-run homer gave the sox the lead 8-7 for Matt Barnes to shut the door on his tenth save of the season.
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