Red Sox LHP Sale set for Sunday return

Mitch Moreland

Cora had hoped Sale would be able to return during a three-game series at Toronto that begins Tuesday.

Kimbrel (3-1) gave up a solo homer to Justin Smoak with one out in the ninth, tying the game at 5. He was replaced by Ryan Tepera, who allowed four runs in his lone inning.

Sale has been out since July 31 with shoulder inflammation but will miss just two turns in the rotation.

Martinez now has 97 RBIs this season and is easily on pace to surpass his career-best mark of 104 set in 2017.

If you follow the Red Sox, then you may remember Remy missed nearly all of the 2009 season while recovering from treatment and complications from surgery.

Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman delivered a strong seven innings.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon threw a complete game allowing just two earned runs in Pittsburgh's 10-2 win over the Rockies.

Stroman came out to warm up for the eighth but didn't throw a pitch, leaving with trainer Nikki Huffman after she visited the mound to examine a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

But with the win last night, the Red Sox are the first team to reach eighty wins on the season, they have a nine game lead over the Yankees for first place in the A.L. east, and there are dozens of teams throughout the league that would love to have their problems in the overall scheme of things.

Toronto restored its two-run lead in the seventh inning when Teoscar Hernandez hit a sac fly to centre to give the Blue Jays a 3-1 advantage. He would come around to score on a RBI single by Martinez. Then, three batters later, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer which stretched the lead to five.

Moreland hit an RBI fielder's choice to cut Toronto's lead to 3-2 in the top of the eighth.

Tepera was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Ed Hickox as he walked off at the end of the inning. Moreland grounded into a potential double play, but Travis struggled the field the ball at second base and was only able to get a force out at second. That brought Martinez up with two outs and two on, setting up his go-ahead home run off the left field foul pole.

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the eighth, his major league-leading 34th.

Boston scored an unearned run in the fourth.

Toronto added two runs in the bottom of the 10th on a Pillar home run.

The lefty is 11-4 with a 2.04 ERA in 22 starts this season for Boston. His ERA in save situations remains 0.00.

The 25-year-old Betts is the first Boston player to hit for the cycle since Brock Holt in 2015.

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