J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Mother’s Day at Rogers Centre, taking two out of the three in the road series. The Sox finished the weekend tied with the New York Yankees for the American League East lead and the major leagues’ best record at 28-12.
Martinez launched a fastball from Blue Jays starter Biagini into the right field bullpen in the first inning, scoring Andrew Benintendi to give the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead. Four innings later, with the Red Sox up 3-0, Martinez hit an RBI single to extend the Sox’ lead to 4-0.
Martinez is now batting .342, third-best in the AL, with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 38 games. His 33 RBIs lead the Red Sox and rank fifth in the league.
The Red Sox bullpen held off the Blue Jays with five innings and no earned runs allowed, with all three Toronto runs charged to Boston starter Drew Pomeranz. The lefty struggled with his control on Sunday, walking five and allowing five hits in just four-plus innings.
Up Next: The Red Sox head back home to kick off a six-game homestand, starting with three against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.79 ERA) takes on Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11 ERA), who no-hit the Red Sox in April, in the series opener on Monday.
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