BOSTON – The Red Sox bullpen gave up the lead again, but like most nights in 2018, it didn’t matter how bad the bullpen was.
The Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-3, picking up their 101st win of the season and earning a series sweep of Toronto.
The Sox pushed across the eventual winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after Xander Bogaerts doubled, stole third, and scored on a dropped pop-fly by Toronto second baseman Yangervis Solarte.
The eighth inning proved to be a disaster for the Red Sox again. With a 3-1 lead, Bobby Poyner gave up a solo home run to Lourdes Gurriel. Joe Kelly came on with the bases empty and two men out, before walking a man, giving up a hit, and hitting back-to-back hitters to force in the tying run.
Brandon Workman was called on and got out of the inning without any further damage with a strikeout. Workman was credited with the win and improved to 5-0 on the season.
Craig Kimbrel picked up his 40th save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Eduardo Rodriguez tossed six innings of one-run ball. He struck out seven and gave up five hits.
Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez homered for Boston. Martinez’s solo shot, his 41st of the season, tied him with Oakland’s Khris Davis for the league lead.
The Sox will open up a series with the New York Mets on Friday. Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.29 ERA) will take the ball against Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA).