TORONTO (AP) — Alek Manoah struck out seven and pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Thursday.
The 24-year-old Manoah (4-0) walked just one batter because the Blue Jays took three of 4 from their AL East rival.
Manoah, in his second season, received his eighth in a row courting to final 12 months. The Blue Jays have gone 20-4 in his 24 profession begins.
The Blue Jays’ lone run was unearned off starter Garrett Whitlock (1-1) within the third inning. Lourdes Gurriell Jr. reached on a one-out error to Red Sox shortstop Christian Arroyo, moved to second after a stroll to Raimel Tapia and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s two-out single.
After yielding a one-out single to Alex Verdugo within the first inning, Manoah retired 12 batters in a row earlier than Arroyo’s single within the fifth.
A leadoff double down the right-field line from Kiké Hernandez was snuffed out within the seventh inning. After a sacrifice bunt from Jackie Bradley Jr., Manoah received Arroyo on a lineout to shortstop and Bobby Dalbec to foul out close to the Red Sox dugout.
Adam Cimber took over for Manoah with a 1-2-3 eighth, and Toronto nearer Jordan Romano completed off Boston within the ninth for his ninth save.
Whitlock allowed 4 hits, walked two and struck out two over three innings, throwing 61 pitches in his second profession begin.
Xander Bogaerts, the MLB hits chief with 29, didn’t begin after his four-hit sport on Wednesday. Instead, he pinch-hit however meekly grounded out to Cimber within the eighth.
Kirk went 2 for 4 within the matinee to increase his streak and not using a strikeout to 41 consecutive at-bats, the longest energetic streak in MLB. The catcher has 13 hits, eight walks and solely 4 strikeouts in 17 video games.
Red Sox: J.D. Martinez didn’t play. He aggravated a left adductor ailment on Wednesday. Manager Alex Cora expects Martinez to return sooner or later on the weekend. Cora stated LHP Chris Sale (60 day IL, rib) threw seven pitches in a bullpen session in Fort Myers on Tuesday.
Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. missed his first sport of the season with a sore proper foot. He fouled a pitch off his foot in Wednesday’s sport, however an X-ray taken was unfavorable.
Red Sox LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 4.85 ERA) faces the Orioles (starter TBD) in collection opener in Baltimore on Friday.
Blue Jays LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 3.75 ERA) faces Astros RHP Jose Urquidy (1-1, 5.52 ERA) in Friday’s collection opener at Rogers Centre.
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