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Final: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 – Unearned run helps cover for the bullpen

With considerable help from the Toronto Blue Jays, the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four games with an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning leading to a 4-3 Boston win.

Blue Jays second baseman Yangervis Solarte drifted back on an infield popup, then dropped the ball, enabling Xander Bogaerts (double, stolen base) to score the go-ahead run.

The Sox had carried a 3-1 lead into the top of the eighth before Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered off Bobby Poyner and Joe Kelly loaded the bases with a walk, single and a hit batsman, then forced in a run with a second hit batsman.

Eduardo Rodriguez went six innings and allowed just one run.

The Sox got solo homers from J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers.

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS

9:47   You know it's your season when a routine pop-up behind second gets dropped, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

9:34  Disastrous appearance by Joe Kelly. He faces four hitters with the bases empty and a one-run lead: walk, single, hit batter, hit batter. The second hit batter came when Kelly was ahead 1-and-2 in the count.

9:21  Bobby Poyner is certainly getting chances to show what he can do in terms of making the post-season roster. Tonight was his fifth appearance since being recalled. He got two pop-ups, but also allowed a solo homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

9:02 A little surprising that Rodriguez is lifted after just 78 pitches and six innings. He could have easily gone another one. But Cora may be using this opportunity to take a look at some relievers in a high-leverage spot. Ryan Brasier on

8:34 Rodriguez has settled into a better groove over the last couple of innings, retiring the last six in a row after allowing a leadoff single to start the fourth.  He's been relatively efficient, with 63 pitches through five innings.

8:18 That's ominous -- Eduardo Nunez who stumbled as he reached first in the second inning, was noticeably struggling as legged out a double and is replaced by pinch-runner Rafael Devers. Certainly looks as if Nunez is dealing with the knee again, which first began bothering him about a year ago this time.

7:36  That's homer No. 41 for J.D. Martinez, tying him with Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez for most homers in first season with Red Sox. Dick Stuart is the record-holder at 42.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
WHAT'S UP: The Red Sox won their third straight game Wednesday night and in the process, won their 100th game of the season, reaching that level for the first time since 1946.  They also reduced their magic number to clinch the division to seven games. With six more wins they could also set a record for most wins in a season in franchise history. Tonight marks the final matchup with Toronto this season, with the Red Sox having won 14 of the first 18 meetings. A win tonight would also give the Sox their 15th series sweep of the season and eighth at home...J.D. Martinez is four doubles shy of becoming just the third hitter in Red  Sox history to hit 40 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. Both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz accomplished that feat...With Mookie Betts getting a night off, Andrew Benintendi is hitting leadoff and is one run shy of scoring his 100th of the season. Benintendi registered an assist Wednesday night, giving him the second-highest total in MLB. Since the start of 2017, Benintendi has 22 assists, more than any outfielder in the game over that span...Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has eight hits in his last four games, lifting his average from .281 to .289. Bogaerts has knocked in 28 runs in his last 31 games and is second on the team with 93 RBI, good for sixth in the league...Christian Vazquez is behind the plate, and the Sox are 14-3 in his last 17 starts against the Jays...Eduardo Rodriguez makes his fourth start against the Blue Jays this evening. Rodriguez is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his first three. The Blue Jays were the opponents when Rodriguez suffered his ankle injury on July 14, a mishap that cost him six weeks. The Sox are 17-4 in Rodriguez's 21 starts...The Blue Jays are 5-7 in their last 12 and are currently 34.5 games behind the Red Sox in the standings, their largest deficit of the season. The last time the Jays found themselves so far out of first place was the end of the 1980 season when they were 36 games back...Starter Sam Gaviglio is making his fifth appearance and third start against the Red Sox this year. He's 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA against Boston in 2018...Shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has reached base safely in 30 of his last 33 starts. Among A.L. rookies, he's fourth in average and ninth in OPS.
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 3.64) vs. RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.25)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM

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