The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Thanks to a miscue by Toronto, the Boston Red Sox moved one step closer to clinching the AL East title.
J.D. Martinez hit his 41st home run and the Red Sox scored the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning error, completing a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays with a 4-3 victory Thursday night.
After the Blue Jays rallied for two runs to tie it at 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts doubled in the bottom half and stole third. He came home when Toronto second baseman Yangervis Solarte dropped a popup in shallow right field.
“That was a huge situation,” Bogaerts said. “I’ve made errors to make us lose, so I definitely know how he feels. But it’s good we’re on the good side.”
Rafael Devers also went deep 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 securing 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 with just three pitches, and got the win. Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save.
Devers hit a solo homer 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.
Danny Barnes (3-3) took the loss for the Blue Jays, who were down 3-1 entering the eighth.
Mets’ Wright set for final game
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets said that third baseman David Wright will return for the team’s final homestand on Sept. 29.
The Mets said that they plan to activate Wright when they return to Citi Field on Sept. 25 against Atlanta.
The 35-year-old is scheduled to play on the second to last day of the regular season against Miami.