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JD Martinez hits 41st homer in Red Sox 101st win

  • Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez celebrates his solo home run as he crosses the plate in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Thursday in Boston. aP

  • Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel celebrates with catcher Sandy Leon after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Yangervis Solarte mishandles a pop fly by Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart for an error in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts scored from third on the play. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, scores from third on an error by Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Yangervis Solarte who mishandled a pop fly by Red Sox's Blake Swihart in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Randal Grichuk is hit by a pitch by Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak (14) has words with home plate umpire Chris Segal while Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez looks on after he was called out on strikes in the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. watches the flight of his solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi makes a catch as center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) also reaches up for a fly ball by Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez celebrates his solo home run with Brock Holt in the dugout in the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers rounds the bases on a solo home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers celebrates his solo home run in the dugout in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola



Associated Press
Friday, September 14, 2018

BOSTON — J.D. Martinez hit his 41st home run and the Boston Red Sox moved closer to clinching the AL East title, completing a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

Xander Bogaerts scored the go-ahead run on an eighth-inning error after the Blue Jays rallied in the top half with two runs to tie it 3-all.

Rafael Devers also homered for the major league-leading Red Sox (101-46), who pulled 10½ games ahead of the idle New York Yankees and decreased their magic number to six for clinching a third straight division crown.

Boston is the only team in the majors that’s already locked up a playoff berth.

Brandon Workman (5-0) faced one batter, ending Toronto’s eighth-inning rally, and got the win. Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save.

Danny Barnes (3-3) took the loss.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays.

Gurriel’s drive pulled Toronto to 3-2 in the eighth and the Blue Jays added another run after Justin Smoak walked with two outs and Kendrys Morales followed with a single. Joe Kelly hit Randal Grichuk with a pitch to load the bases, then plunked Kevin Pillar to force in the tying run.

Bogaerts stole third after hitting a one-out double in the eighth and scored when second baseman Yangveris Solarte dropped a popup in shallow right field.

Devers hit a solo homer to right with two outs in the sixth off Mark Leiter Jr., putting Boston up 3-1.

Martinez went deep in the second, tying Oakland’s Khris Davis for the major league lead in homers.

Smoak singled home Gurriel in the third, and Ian Kinsler had a sacrifice fly for Boston in the bottom half.

Sam Gaviglio pitched 3 1/3 innings for Toronto, allowing two earned runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Eduardo Rodriguez struck out seven over six innings for the Red Sox. Rodriguez retired the last nine batters he faced, striking out two in the sixth before Boston turned it over to the bullpen in the seventh. He allowed one run on five hits and didn’t walk a batter.

TRAINER’S ROOM — Red Sox 3B Eduardo Nunez left in the fourth with soreness in his right knee after hitting a leadoff double. Nunez, who tripped and stumbled over first base while running out a fielder’s choice in the second, was replaced by Devers.