Russell Martin’s go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning Saturday in Boston gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. It was the 10th victory in a row for Toronto, and the club is now just one game back of the Yankees and Rays in the American League East standings.
Martin also had a tie-breaking, bases-loaded triple Friday in the Jays’ 13-10 defeat of the Red Sox. The 32-year-old catcher boasts an .873 OPS, 10 home runs, and 32 RBI in 54 games this season. Not a terrible way to spend $82 million.
Your box scores AP recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4 (11 innings)
Twins 7, Rangers 11
Phillies 3, Pirates 4
Indians 5, Tigers 4
Nationals 7, Brewers 2
Mariners 8, Astros 1
Braves 5, Mets 3 (11 innings)
Royals 2, Cardinals 3
Rockies 1, Marlins 4
White Sox 4, Rays 5
Yankees 4, Orioles 9
Reds 3, Cubs 4
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2
Athletics 0, Angels 1
Dodgers 1, Padres 2
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.
Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.
Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.