Blue Jays sweep Red Sox, extend winning streak to 11 games

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The red-hot Blue Jays polished off a series sweep of the division-rival Red Sox with a 13-5 win at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon to extend their winning streak to 11 games. Six Blue Jay hitters had multiple hits, including Ryan Goins, who knocked in five runs. Starter Marco Estrada wasn’t very effective, so he certainly enjoyed the outpouring of run support.

On their 11-game winning streak, the Jays have averaged exactly eight runs per game, hitting 23 doubles, two triples, and 18 home runs, accounting for about 35 percent of their 123 total hits during that span of time. The pitching, overall, has been quite good as well, as the Jays’ staff has a 3.12 ERA collectively over their last 11 games.

After losing the first game of a doubleheader on June 2 versus the Nationals, the Jays were 23-30, 4.5 games out of first place, in fourth place in the AL East. After Sunday’s win, they’re 34-30, just one game behind the first-place Yankees and Rays. The Jays will finish off their short road trip with two games in New York against the Mets, then head home for two more games against the Mets, followed by three against the Orioles.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.