Martinez Drives In 3, Sox Win

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Luke Maile caps big night with 12-inning homer, lifting Jays over Red Sox

David Price couldn't have picked a better opponent to face while making his return to the mound.

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.

"Changing speeds, using the breaking ball, using elevated fastballs, that was good", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "The best right fielder, one of the best baserunners, he hits for average, he hits for power, he doesn't strike out - what more could you ask for in a ballplayer?"

Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday's start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday.

As NESN's Dave O'Brien noted, Betts' play came in fair territory, and prevented Toronto from scoring its first run of the game.

"That's big, just to have that velocity separation, to be able to throw it 0-0 and get that strike", Price said.

"I thought he was pretty solid", Gibbons said. "He competed. That's all we want from him".

The right fielder sprinted toward the foul line and made a tremendous diving catch on a ball hit by Blue Jays' Richard Urena.

"I feel like it's usually a home run that just kind of kills everything for me", Estrada said. As of this writing, 67% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Red Sox to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline. "When he's on, he's throwing that fastball over the plate, it gets a lot of action on it so it gets some quick ground balls", said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

Price came in 0-3 in his previous three outings but avoided the first four-start skid of his career.

In his second inning of work, Price struck out the side. Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3.

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Russell Martin had three hits for the Blue Jays, who lost for the eighth time in 11 home games.

One of the hits was a double, which gives Martin four on the season.

Ramirez has three home runs in his past four games, and nine RBIs in his past seven games.

The Red Sox are 10-2 in their last 12 games in Toronto and are 15-7 in their last 22 games versus the Blue Jays overall. He's 5 for 54 with no extra-base hits and 26 strikeouts in his past 17 games.

"I don't think I've seen a player do so many things so well", Boston right-hander Rick Porcello said. Hopefully, we keep them rested enough. "He'll be out there tomorrow".

With John Axford on in relief, Martinez drove in Andrew Benintendi with a single to right giving Boston a 4-0 cushion.

Blue Jays: Toronto added INF Gio Urshela to its roster and optioned OF Dalton Pompey to Triple-A Buffalo. This contest also saw the debut of the newly acquired Gio Urshela, who went 1-for-2 in his first game with the club. He started at shortstop Saturday.

The rubber match of the series will feature recently recalled Joe Biagini (0-1, 8.10 ERA) facing off against Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.23 ERA) on Sunday afternoon.

There were about two weeks in spring training and two weeks to start the season when J.D. Martinez was in a cold streak.

Despite the no-decision, Sale continued his mastery over Toronto hitters for much of the night and struck out six straight across the fourth and fifth innings.

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