Betts lifts Red Sox over Blue Jays

Boston, MA ( – Mookie Betts’ RBI single in the bottom of the
ninth lifted the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5, in the opener
of a three-game series.

The Blue Jays sent Miguel Castro (0-2) to the mound in the ninth with the
score tied. Xander Bogaerts and Ryan Hanigan hit consecutive one-out singles.
The two runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Bogaerts scored on Betts’ hit up
the middle.

Betts went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Red Sox, who snapped a two-
game skid and bounced back from Sunday’s 18-7 loss to the Orioles. Pablo
Sandoval hit a solo homer and knocked in three runs before leaving with neck

Boston starter Joe Kelly allowed five runs on five hits while striking out 10
and walking three over six innings. Alexi Ogando tossed two scoreless frames
and Koji Uehara (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth.

Devon Travis hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who
have lost four in a row. Russell Martin added two RBI.

Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez gave up four runs — three earned — on five
hits with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.