David Price leads Red Sox to victory over Blue Jays
Red Sox pick up the win in the second of the three-game set against the Blue Jays
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Boston propels to 27-12 on the season while Toronto drops to 21-19. David Price was the starter for the Sox and Marco Estrada was the same for the Jays. The game was played at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
After being lambasted by media and fans for missing his scheduled start against the Yankees over a reported hand injury, Price responded with a strong game on Saturday. In 5 and 1/3 innings, the southpaw only surrendered 2 runs to go along with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks.
On the offensive side of the ball, Hanley Ramirez‘s two-run homer to left-center field in the 3rd inning was the highlight. It put Boston ahead 3-0, as the shot was preceded by an Andrew Benintendi RBI ground-rule double. Benintendi collected two RBIs in the contest, the second of which came in the top 9th to put the Red Sox up 5-2.
The cleanup behind Price was phenomenal, as the Sox’ bullpen did outstanding work to shut the Jays’ lineup down. The effort from Carson Smith, Hector Velazquez, Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel combined to pitch 4 and 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits. Additionally, the group compiled 6 strikeouts and 0 walks.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:07 p.m. eastern time on Sunday. Drew Pomeranz will take the bump for Boston and Joe Biagini will do the same for Toronto. It will be the rubber match of the three-game set.