By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ Dustin Pedroia drove in three, Drew Pomeranz pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Pomeranz (10-4) allowed an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision and continues to be among Boston’s most dependable arms. He hasn’t lost since June 11, and the Red Sox are 9-3 in his past 12 starts. His ERA over the stretch is 2.62, dropping it from 5.29 to 3.51 for the season.
Pedroia and Deven Marrero each had two-run singles with two outs in the second inning to provide all the offense the Red Sox needed. Pedroia has six RBIs in the series, which concludes Thursday.
Aaron Sanchez (1-3) gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in four innings. It ended his four-game winning streak against Boston.
A baserunning error early in the second almost derailed Boston’s big inning. Chris Young led off with a double, and Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single. After Bradley stole second, Christian Vazquez hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Justin Smoak. He stepped on the bag for the out, and then caught Young hung up between third and home.
Young was tagged out after a brief rundown for the double play, but Brock Holt walked to keep the inning alive.
Blue Jays: RHP Michael Bolsinger was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to the game with left knee inflammation. Bolsinger allowed one hit _ a walk-off homer in the 15th inning _ in 3 1/3 innings in Toronto’s 5-4 loss Tuesday. RHP Cesar Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. … RHP Joe Smith (right shoulder) was expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, but will instead need one more rehab start in the minors. The plan is for him to meet the team for its series in Cleveland, which begins on Friday.
Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts (right hand) took pregame ground balls and manager John Farrell is hopeful he can be back in the lineup Thursday. He was a late scratch Tuesday and had an MRI on the hand, which has bothered him since he was hit by a pitch July 6.
Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (5-5, 6.04 ERA) will make his 16th start of the season. He lasted just two innings in his last outing on July 15 at Detroit, giving up five runs.
Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (0-3, 6.75) appeared in relief last week in Boston’s 4-1, 16-inning loss to the Yankees. He took the loss after allowing three runs over 2 2/3 innings.
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