Manoah sets the tone as Blue Jays beat Red Sox for 5th straight win
Star Alek Manoah pitched six point innings as the Toronto Blue Jays relied more on his arm than their sticks to maintain their dominance over the Red Sox throughout the season, beating host Boston 4-1 Saturday.
Boston lost for the eighth time in nine games. Red Sox fans were sure to be cheered on Sunday, however, when former slugger David Ortiz was inducted into the Hall of Fame – many of them headed to Cooperstown, New York, to see Big Papi enshrined .
Manoah (11-4) allowed one run, on a Bobby Dalbec homer that cleared it all in left field in second, and seven hits. He didn’t walk one, struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 2.24.
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The lively Manoah barked at the Boston bench after ending his outing with three straight outs. He whipped up fellow all-star Xander Bogaerts to start that late bloomer.
Jordan Romano threw a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 21st save.
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Toronto had seven hits a day after beating 29, and improved to 9-3 against the Red Sox this year. The Blue Jays are 3.5 games ahead of Boston for the AL’s final wildcard spot.
After teeing off the previous night at Fenway Park, the Blue Jays had a three-point third against rookie Kutter Crawford (2-3). Santiago Espinal and George Springer hit RBI singles and Alejandro Kirk had a sacrifice fly.