March 25, 2018
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Blue Jays hand Red Sox their sixth straight loss

Mark L. Baer | USA Today Sports
Mark L. Baer | USA Today Sports
Boston's Jonny Gomes (5) reacts after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday night.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice for the second straight night as the Toronto Blue Jays handed Boston its sixth straight setback, 6-4 Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro each added two hits and an RBI and Anthony Gose drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of nine. Drew Hutchison (3-3) allowed one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings and four relievers bridged the gap to Casey Janssen, who picked up his fifth save.

Mike Carp and Xander Bogaerts each doubled twice and Shane Victorino hit a solo home run for the Red Sox, who never lost more than three straight en route to the 2013 World Series. Clay Buchholz (2-4) suffered the brunt of the damage, yielding five runs — four earned — on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 frames to push his ERA to 6.32.

Encarnacion got it started in the second inning, driving a 2-0 fastball out to left for a solo blast. Reyes sent a bases-loaded single up the middle later in the inning to make it a 2-0 gap and Encarnacion doubled the advantage in the third with a lined two-run blast into the seats above the “Green Monster” in left.

Victorino’s homer in the fourth got Boston on the board but the Blue Jays got that run back on Navarro’s RBI single in the fifth and Gose plated a run with a single to center in the seventh to make it 6-1. The Red Sox made things interesting with three runs in the eighth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Carp and Bogaerts and Brock Holt’s RBI single before Steve Delabar got the final out to end the threat.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Red Sox placed LHP Felix Doubront (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list and activated SS Stephen Drew. … Encarnacion entered the game 1-for-21 in his career against Buchholz before taking him out in each of his first two at-bats on Wednesday. … Boston 1B Mike Napoli (flu-like symptoms) got the night off while Carp took over at first and Jonny Gomes moved up into Napoli’s cleanup spot in the order.

Yankees 4, Cubs 2

Brendan Ryan singled and scored on a wild pitch to snap a 13th-inning tie and help lift visiting New York to a split of the two-game series.

The Yankees forced extra innings with two runs in the ninth on a fielder’s choice and throwing error by Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney, and went ahead against Jose Veras (0-1) in the 13th. Yangervis Solarte walked after Ryan’s hit and both runners moved up on a bunt by reliever Preston Claiborne before Veras threw a pitch over the head of J.R. Murphy to allow the tiebreaking run to scamper home.

Murphy followed with a blooper to right to score another run and make things easier for David Robertson, who worked around a one-out single in the bottom half for his ninth save. Each of New York’s 13 hits were singles, nine of which came after hard-luck Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija left following seven scoreless innings.

Samardzija remained without a win in 16 straight starts dating to Aug. 24 despite lowering his ERA to a major league-leading 1.46. He was in line to break the streak after leaving with a 2-0 lead, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Mike Olt in the fourth and a safety squeeze for an RBI in the seventh by Emilio Bonifacio.

Claiborne (2-0), one of seven relievers after starter Chase Whitley, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames to finish a dominant 8 2/3 innings by the New York bullpen. Ichiro Suzuki had two hits for the Yankees and drove in their first run in the ninth with a bases-loaded grounder before reaching when Barney’s relay on a potential double play got past first base, which allowed the tying run to come across.

Dodgers 4, Mets 3

Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back homers and Adrian Gonzalez went deep for the third straight game as visiting Los Angeles beat New York for the sixth consecutive time.

Hyun-jin Ryu (4-2), making his first start since April 27, gave up two runs on nine hits and struck out a season-high nine in six innings as the Dodgers matched their longest winning streak against the Mets since 1996. Two relievers bridged the gap to Kenley Jansen, who gave up a run before earning his 13th save to help Los Angeles beat New York for the 11th time in 12 meetings and improve to 8-1 in their last nine at Citi Field.

Rookie Eric Campbell belted his first career homer while Juan Lagares, David Wright and Wilmer Flores each had three hits for the Mets, who lost for the sixth time in seven games to drop a season-worst five games under .500. Rookie Jacob deGrom (0-2) went six innings and allowed only four hits, but three left the park in his second career start.

Gonzalez hammered a titanic shot into the upper deck in right field to lead off the second for the Dodgers, who managed only two hits through five innings off deGrom. Los Angeles quickly added to the lead in the sixth when Puig drilled a one-out homer to left-center and Ramirez followed by golfing a breaking ball into the seats in left to make it 3-0.

New York responded in the bottom of the frame when Curtis Granderson reached on a two-out single and Campbell lined an outside fastball over the wall in left to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Dodgers added a huge insurance run in the eighth when Chone Figgins scored on a potential inning-ending double-play comebacker by Ramirez, but reliever Jeurys Familia hesitated on the throw and the Mets were unable to turn two.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Puig has reached base in a career-high 22 consecutive games and has at least one hit in 18 of his last 19 contests. … Campbell’s homer extended his hitting streak to six games and halted Ryu’s 31-inning road scoreless streak — the second-longest stretch to start a season in 50 years (Roger Clemens, 35 in 2005). … The Dodgers placed 3B Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered in the ninth inning of the series opener. … DeGrom had a leadoff single in the fifth inning and has the only two hits by New York pitchers this season.


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