Betts' slam, 5 RBI lift Red Sox

Rex Christensen
July 15, 2018

Rick Porcello just didn't want it to be his fault.

The Blue Jays first baseman hit two home runs to pace Toronto to a wild 13-7 victory over the Red Sox, snapping a 10-game Boston win streak. His final run included three birdies on the last four holes while to score a 69 for the day, while holding off a strong challenge from second place finisher Max Major, who finished with a 70 on the final day of competition, and two strokes behind Hull overall.

Sort of like the run they are on now.

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Eight players had hits for Boston and Benintendi was one of four with two - his fifth straight game with multiple hits. He is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season and 10-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) lifetime against Toronto.

"I think the city is starting to like this team", said manager Alex Cora. Teoscar Hernandez reported to Fenway Park Friday with a sore left heel, and was scratched from that night's lineup.

Betts added another RBI in the seventh, and though Price served up a second home run before departing, he earned his 10th win of the season and snapped a streak of two disastrous outings in which he allowed 12 total runs. The next time he takes the ball will be the Sox' first game after the All-Star break as they work toward not just another ticket to the playoffs, but a division title and a sense of confidence they seemed to lack in recent years.

"I'll take 10 in a row and a loss after that", Martinez said. "I'm good if we do that the rest of the year". Pujols hit a two-run shot in the first and a solo drive in the sixth. Yangervis Solarte also had a pair of hits.

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The Red Sox, who placed Rafael Devers on the disabled list on Thursday, are now on a season-high 10-game win streak.

While he has no idea where he might be headed in a trade, he knows he's going to Washington from Boston after getting his first All-Star nod. StatCast data dating back to 2015 suggests that Toronto owns an expected batting average of.391 and an expected slugging percentage of.844 versus the Red Sox lefty heading into Sunday's start. "We turn the page".

Mike Trout scored three runs and stole a base, making him the second player all-time, along with Joe Morgan in 1974, to compile 100 hits, 80 walks and 15 steals before the All-Star break. Smoak made it 13-7 in the eighth with his 16th homer of the season.

Red Sox: Vazquez (broken finger) and IF Marco Hernandez (left shoulder) both had surgery Tuesday.

Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers extended his on-base streak to 48 games on Tuesday. "They're a really good ballclub".

If you needed more proof of the two veteran left-handers' pitching against the other team, just examine the numbers. Right-hander Seunghwan Oh came on to face him with two outs in the seventh and Toronto leading 8-7; Betts lined out to third, where Solarte did a celebratory dance with Gurriel, the shortstop, before leaving the field. The former Cy Young victor is now 11-3 on the season, and he's punched out 113 hitters over 118 innings. Petricka shut Boston down after coming in with runners on first and third and nobody out in the fourth.

"Huge when he came in there and got out of that", Gibbons said. "Really that held it in check". He went 1 for 3 with a walk as the DH for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays against the GCL Phillies.

Red Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi went on the bereavement list because of a death in the family. Sam Travis was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and started at designated hitter.

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