Sanchez started once against Boston in 2017 and gave up five runs (three earned) in 4.0 innings. Updates with new lead and quotes. Toronto starter JA Happ was outstanding with a run allowed over seven frames while striking out ten. Boston still owns the best record in the majors at 17-5.
Betts went 2-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs. Tyler Clippard (3-0) worked a scoreless 10th for the win.
TORONTO (AP) - With one big throw, and an even bigger swing, Curtis Granderson gave a somber city reason to smile. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 13-8 SU and 12-9 ATS. "It was a meaningful win for us on several levels".
Yangervis Solarte hit his sixth home run of the season into the second deck of left field in the sixth inning to give Toronto its only lead of the game at 3-2.
Granderson, in typical fashion, tends to wax philosophical when discussing the quirky nature of the game and his role in it.
At 35 years old, he's showing no signs of slowing down at this stage of the game, and the Blue Jays should count themselves fortunate with the value they've gotten back on his contract.
After Sanchez walked Jackie Bradley Jr., and hit Christian Vazquez with a pitch, Holt doubled to bring home Bradley with the go-ahead run. Gleyber Torres had a pair of hits and his first RBI for NY, which extended a winning streak to four for the first time under new manager Aaron Boone and sent the Twins to their season-worst fifth consecutive loss.
"He's somebody that can get to you quick", said Sanchez of Betts.More news: Facebook revenue up 50 percent in first-quarter earnings
Betts carried an 0-for-8 drought into Wednesday's game, one he needed just three pitches to end.
Boston had a chance to break the game open in the fifth inning but settled for a single run thanks to some solid defensive play by the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna blew the save in the ninth, allowing Boston to tie the game at 3 on four hits, a walk and two runs. "If you don't win that one, that's a kick in the teeth". He scored with one out when third baseman Rafael Devers' throw on a Justin Smoak groundball got by first baseman Hanley Ramirez, allowing Pearce to score and Smoak to advance to second base. It was the first run off Osuna this season. Left fielder Granderson threw out Nunez at the plate to prevent Boston from taking the lead. He entered his start against the Red Sox with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but that didn't tell the whole tale on how he's pitched thus far in 2018, at least not as far as I'm concerned. He beats you so many ways. Happ made four starts against the team in 2017, compiling a ideal 2-0 record in 2017, posting a flawless 2-0 record with a 1.90 ERA and 16 strikeouts. Daniel Descalso and Jarrod Dyson also homered for the Diamondbacks, who upped their NL-best record to 16-6. He allowed three of the Toronto runs on six hits through 6⅔ innings. "He's one of the guys who's in the MVP running every year", said Gibbons.
He turned a 3-2 Toronto lead over to the bullpen in the seventh in which Danny Barnes promptly served up a two-run home run by Mookie Betts that provided Boston with its winning margin.
After starting out 17-2 the Sox have now lost three straight games.
Boston finished with a season-worst 14 strikeouts. He struck out 10 Red Sox without walking a single hitter, touching 95 m.p.h. with his fastball while generating 14 swinging strikes. He was 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 2016, finishing 6th in Cy Young voting that year, and throwing 195 innings across 32 starts.
"He's at the top of the game", said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
Before the game, the Blue Jays honored the victims of Monday's deadly attack and some of the first responders who rushed to the scene. CC Sabathia got the win, giving up just two hits over six innings. Following a video message and a moment of silence, a group of high school students sang the national anthems. Gennett hit his second homer of the game off left-hander Max Fried (0-1) for his first career game-ending shot. Sanchez has faced NY twice and Baltimore once.