Andrew Benintendi has actually continued the hot hitting out of the leadoff spot for injured star Mookie Betts.
Benintendi struck a three-run homer to top a five-run 4th inning, J.D. Martinez included a solo homer, and the Boston Red Sox coasted to an 8-3 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
With routine leadoff player Betts missing his 2nd straight game since of tightness on his left side that he felt in batting practice Sunday, Benintendi included a triple and single, improving to 4 for 8 in the 2 days.
” I’m seeing it pretty well today,” Benintendi stated in his typically peaceful voice.
Reminded that it was his very first profession homer over the Green Monster, the 23-year-old stated: “I’ve struck a couple of over there in BP, but not in a video game.”
Betts entered the day with a major-league-leading.359 batting average.
Jackie Bradley Jr. added an RBI double, scored twice and made an incredible catch in centre field as Boston won for the seventh time in 9 games.
It was the Blue Jays’ 11th loss in 15 games, dropping them to 2-5 against the Red Sox this season. Teoscar Hernandez had an RBI triple and double for Toronto.
David Price (5-4) laboured through 5 innings, enabling 2 runs and 4 hits with four strikeouts and four strolls.
The lefty took a hard grounder from Yangervis Solarte that bounced off his glove and appeared to carom off his chest in the first inning prior to picking it up and tossing him out.
” You know me, I’m the softest person in this clubhouse,” Price stated, joking. “If that had troubled me, I was coming out of the video game.”
The Red Sox took charge with their big fourth inning, pulling ahead 6-1 versus Aaron Sanchez (2-5).
Brock Holt had a sacrifice fly and Bradley his run-scoring double before Benintendi lofted a fly ball into the first row of Monster seats.
” They get a couple singles because inning, a bloop, then a blast,” Sanchez said.
Martinez then led off the 5th with his 17th homer, a drive that completely left Fenway Park over the Monster, tying him with Betts for the group lead.
” They’ve got a tough lineup, they constantly have,” Blue Jays supervisor John Gibbons stated. “It’s hard to shut ’em down.”
Sanchez was tagged for 7 runs and 9 hits in five innings, being up to 0-3 in his past five starts with a 5.96 ERA.
Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson left the game with left calf tightness after getting a single and strolling twice.
Heaven Jays third baseman, who had actually walked with one out, made it to 3rd on a Justin Smoak double however covered the distance gingerly. After talking to the group fitness instructor, he gave way to pinch runner Gio Urshela.
Manager John Gibbons stated Donaldson would be evaluated Tuesday to determine the intensity of the injury.
” That’s the way the game goes. You deal with it,” Gibbons said. “Whether you like it or not, you handle it.”
The 32-year-old Donaldson, who has currently hung around on the disabled list this season with a shoulder injury, has a history of calf issues.
His start to the 2017 season was interrupted with a best calf injury. At the time the 2015 AL MVP stated he had played through unassociated flare-ups of the calf injury during the 2016 season.
Toronto is already without the hurt Aledmys Diaz (ankle), Randal Grichuk (knee), Steve Pearce (oblique), Marcus Stroman (shoulder) and Troy Tulowitzki (foot).
Another shift for Martin
Toronto’s Russell Martin made his first profession start in left field. In his 13th season in the major leagues, the 35-year-old has been mostly a catcher.
He was out playing caroms off the Monster prior to the game.
Heaven Jays had 3 switch players and six batting right-handed, so that provided an all righty lineup against Price.
Marco Estrada (2-5, 5.40 ERA) is set to start Tuesday. He’s 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in 2 starts against the Red Sox this season.
Meanwhile, Rick Porcello (6-2, 3.74) hopes to rebound from his worst start of the season when he gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Rays on Wednesday.