Ramirez homers, Price snaps slide as Red Sox beat Blue Jays

Hope Soto
May 14, 2018

The Joe Biagini Experiment - which sounds like a prog rock album from the 1970's - surely must be coming to a close. Price made six home starts for the Blue Jays in 2015 after being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline.

Maile capped an incredible night, lining a line drive over the wall in centre field off Boston reliever Brian Johnson for a two-run home run to send the Blue Jays to a joyous 5-3 12-inning walkoff victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. 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. He has lost seven consecutive decisions. Biagini posted a weak 5.34 ERA in 119.2 innings with Toronto last season. It's Pomeranz's best outing so far this season and his arrow is pointing up with two straight quality starts following a couple clunkers.

But Maile made up for that gaffe, smacking his timely homer off Boston's testy-lefty Chris Sale in the seventh inning that knotted the score at 3-3 and set the stage for his late-game heroics. Biagini averaged 94.3 miles per hour on his fastball out of the bullpen his first year with the Jays in 2016, but it's gone down progressively since they've tried turning him back into a starter (93.8 last year and 92.3 this season). In fact, he seemed to take umbrage when asked what he thought of the big right-hander's performance on Sunday. "But I do not think that's the cause". "I want to see if you saw it like I did".

"And more I threw the better I felt, so that's always a good sign". Only a handful of players from that playoff roster remain on the club today, while much of the front office has turned over, too. "And that makes it tough on a team". He said his swing didn't feel right.

Joe Biagini will make his third start of the season in place of Marcus Stroman, looking to rebound from a disastrous outing.

"What a year he's having, he really is", Gibbons said. "The last time we heard that was - who was the guy, Jay?"

"That's just another way of asking the question", Gibbons said.

Martinez gave a Sanchez offering a ride and the ball just missed clearing the wall in right by just a matter of inches.

Biagini's teammates didn't do him any favours early in Sunday's game. The lanky left-hander allowed three runs and six hits over nine innings.

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Ramirez has three home runs in his past four games and nine RBIs in his past seven games. The Jays are a flawless 17-0 when scoring five runs or more in a game this season. Boston also stole four bases.

Martinez drove in a first-inning run with a ground-ball out to bring home Mookie Betts.

Toronto has now dropped four consecutive series.

- Martinez delivered again in the fifth inning, scoring Betts on a line-drive single to right field.

Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez celebrates a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with teammate Andrew Benintendi during the third inning.

The Red Sox, who won the final two games of the three-game series April 24-26, will be trying to match that feat in this three-game series starting Saturday.

None of those milestones earned Sale the win, a chance that went by the boards with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. But a ideal relay between Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez resulted in Yangervis Solarte getting tagged out at the plate.

- Martinez and Betts, who finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases, were the only members of the Red Sox lineup to record multiple hits.

Each team scored once in the first.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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