June 18, 2018
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Peavey pitches Red Sox past Blue Jays

Nick Turchiaro | USA Today Sports
Nick Turchiaro | USA Today Sports
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25) celebrates scoring a run during the sixth inning of Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

TORONTO — Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and third baseman Will Middlebrooks each drove in two runs and right-hander Jake Peavy pitched seven innings as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Friday night.

Designated hitter David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox (11-13) who handed the Blue Jays (11-12) their third straight loss. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hits in the Red Sox 16-hit attack.

Peavy (1-0) held the Blue Jays to five hits, two walks and one run, on a seventh-inning homer by designated hitter Juan Francisco, while striking out seven in seven innings. Left-hander Chris Capuano took over in the eighth and struck out the side.

Left-hander Mark Buehrle (4-1) allowed 12 hits, three walks and seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Buehrle’s ERA went from 0.64 to 2.16.

The Red Sox struck for four runs in the second inning keyed by Pedroia’s two-run single. They added one in the third, two in the sixth and one in the ninth.

Middlebrooks, who came off the disabled list for the game, doubled in his second run of the game in the sixth inning to score catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who singled and gave the Red Sox a 6-0 lead. Middlebrooks was out trying for third. An error by shortstop Jose Reyes and two walks by right-hander Neil Wagner, who took over from Buehrle, gave Boston a 7-0 lead.

Ninth-inning doubles by Pierzynski and Jackie Bradley Jr., who had three hits each, scored a run against right-hander Todd Redmond.

The Red Sox scored four runs in the second inning. The inning started with a walk to first baseman Mike Napoli, who took third on a double by shortstop Xander Bogaerts and scored on catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s fly to center. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit an RBI single and took third on a double by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia singled in two runs and was out trying for a double.

Ortiz hit his fifth homer of the season with one out in the third.

NOTES: Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks (right calf strain) was activated from the disabled list for Friday’s game. INF Brock Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Thursday night’s game. … Toronto RHP Casey Janssen (left abdominal/lower back strain) hopes to throw a bullpen session on Saturday or Sunday and would need to throw another session before going on a rehabilitation assignment. … Toronto DH Adam Lind (back) is swinging a bat but not yet running. … The three-game series in Toronto will be Boston’s only road games in a stretch of 20 dates from April 18 to May 7. … Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (0-2, 7.71 ERA) will start Saturday against Toronto RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.03 ERA).

Mets 4, Marlins 3

Curtis Granderson singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as host New York rallied past Miami in the opener of a three-game series.

Omar Quintanilla singled home Lucas Duda with two outs to tie the game and moved to third on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis double before Granderson lined a shot to right field to end it. David Wright had two hits and an RBI while Jeurys Familia (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth as the Mets earned their ninth comeback victory.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones belted back-to-back, two-out solo homers in the eighth inning to give Miami a 3-2 lead. Steve Cishek (1-1) allowed two runs and four hits in 2/3 of an inning as his club-record streak of 33 straight saves came to an end.

Wright singled through a drawn-in infield to knock in Eric Young Jr. with one out in the third before scoring on Daniel Murphy’s RBI double into the left-field corner. Derek Dietrich led off the fifth with a walk and later scored on Marcell Ozuna’s two-out single up the middle to pull the Marlins within a run.

Saltalamacchia drilled a 3-2 pitch into the left-center field seats off Gonzalez Germen to tie the game and Jones followed by hooking a 2-1 offering off the right-field foul pole. Duda blooped a single to left field to open the ninth, was sacrificed to second and scored on Quintanilla’s clutch single to left field.

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