Blue Jays seek series edge vs. Red Sox after walkoff win

'I really, really like this robe': Marco Estrada remains sole devotee to the Blue Jays robes of 2015

Saturday was more of the same story.

J.D. Martinez homered and had three RBIs, Mookie Betts had two hits and made a sensational diving catch, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Sunday.

"It feels great knowing that he's out there healthy", Betts said. "Things are usually going OK and the next thing you know I get two guys on (base), the next guy hits the ball well and it just kinda ruins everything".

"(Saturday), same thing. If it was not for that homer, who knows?

Toronto's Marco Estrada (2-3) allowed four runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out five in six innings in his fourth straight start without a win.

Facing right-hander Joe Biagini, pitching in place of the injured Marcus Stroman, Martinez hammered the first pitch he saw for a two-run jack to right-center field in the first inning.

Price was a midseason acquisition from the Detroit Tigers by the Blue Jays in 2015 and helped boost them into the postseason, where they lost the American League Championship Series to the Kansas City Royals.

"I thought I threw the ball pretty well today and wish it could have gone different, but it didn't".

"If that was the cause of the problem, then it started back in 1997, when I got my first PlayStation when I was 12 years old", Price said. "I was hoping (starter Aaron Sanchez) wasn't on the hook for a really unfortunate L right there". He allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings in the second game of a doubleheader at Cleveland on May 3. We just couldn't do a whole lot.

Drama, often bordering on hysteria, is David Price's frequent companion with the Boston Red Sox.

Allowing two runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings during a 5-2 victory should ease the pressure, at least temporarily. From there, four Red Sox relievers combined to keep the Jays scoreless the rest of the way, and Boston is now 12-3 in their last 15 at Rogers Centre.

Not the Price who was a prince of mastery in his molten summer as a Jay three years back. "The more I threw, the better I felt".

"It's not that I wasn't comfortable with David against Russell but I thought it was a good outing, if he gets on base and someone hits a homer or something, all of a sudden it's like he struggled and he didn't", explained Cora.

Carson Smith got two outs, Hector Velazquez and Joe Kelly each worked one inning and Craig Kimbrel finished for his 11th save in 13 chances. Justin Smoak went 1 for 3 with a solo home run while Anthony Alford added his first RBI of the season to cap off the scoring for the Jays in the loss. Bogaerts scored on Devers's RBI single for a 4-1 edge.

Luke Maile called his fourth-inning error "the dumbest play" of his career. Furthermore, Drew Pomeranz has tallied two straight Quality Starts, and he went 3-1 in four starts against the Blue Jays last season, plus he features a solid 3.06 career ERA at the Rogers Centre. After he hit it, I didn't think it was going to go out but it did.

"I'm just glad to get it out of the way". The home run was Smoak's first since April 30 at Minnesota.

Kendrys Morales snapped an 0-for-28 slide with a double in the second and came around to score on a single from Maile - his first RBI of the night - to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.

Infielder Gio Urshela singled in the third inning in his first at-bat as a Blue Jay.

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