- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - The results are far from what the Boston Red Sox figured. Yet as the losses add up, they keep insisting they’re better than their record.

Russell Martin delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight day, a leadoff home run in the 11th inning Saturday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their 10th straight win, 5-4 over the struggling Red Sox.

Boston lost its season-high fifth in a row and is nine games under .500 for the first time this year at 27-36.

“That’s the tough part, you see the team on paper, it’s a really good one and stable one,” shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. “No one expected us to be where we are right now.”

The Red Sox left the bases loaded in the seventh after coming back from a 4-0 deficit, tying it on David Ortiz’s solo homer in the sixth.

“If you look around the clubhouse, we know we still have a good team,” said Matt Barnes (2-2), who gave up Martin’s homer. “We’re not putting any pressure on ourselves.”

The winning streak is Toronto’s longest since it took 11 in a row in June 2013.

On Friday night, Martin hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded triple during a nine-run burst in the seventh for a 13-10 victory. On Saturday, he drove a 2-0 pitch from Barnes deep into the left-center field stands for his 10th homer of the season.

Brett Cecil pitched a perfect 11th for his fourth save, and second in two days, to preserve the win for Aaron Loup (2-3).

Toronto took a 3-0 lead in the second when it loaded the bases on singles by its first three batters -Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Colabello and Martin. Any possibility of a repeat of Friday night’s nine-run inning, when the first nine hitters scored before a batter was out, ended when Justin Smoak struck out.

But Kevin Pillar followed with an RBI single and Ryan Goins hit a two-run single.

The Blue Jays went ahead 4-0 in the fourth on consecutive singles by Pillar, Goins and Jose Reyes. Then they managed just three hits, all singles, in the next six innings.

The Red Sox began their comeback against R.A. Dickey with three runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Bogaerts and a two-run single by Pablo Sandoval. They tied it on Ortiz’s eighth homer of the season.

Boston wasted the bases-loaded opportunity when Liam Hendriks struck out Ortiz and Bogaerts.

Toronto prevented another run from scoring in the third when right fielder Jose Bautista leaped at the right-center field fence in front of Boston’s bullpen to take a potential leadoff homer away from Rusney Castillo.


Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia isn’t about to give up on the season after the club’s rough start.

“We’ve got to show up tomorrow and play,” he said. “That’s all you can do. We’re all grown men. We can’t start crying.”

He’s collected at least one hit in 19 of 21 games since being moved to the leadoff spot.


Red Sox: CF Mookie Betts missed the game with a sore back. He was hurt Friday night when he ran into the low fence near the Boston bullpen in right-center field while chasing Smoak’s triple in the second. He left the game in the top of the third. … 3B Sandoval left the game in the top of the seventh with tightness in his right quadriceps. “We had to get him off his feet,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s day to day.” … LF Hanley Ramirez started after missing Friday night’s game with soreness in his left knee and left hamstring.


Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (3-3, 3.78) tries to win his third straight start in the finale of the three-game series. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.

Red Sox: Rookie sensation Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0, 0.44) makes his fourth start since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket for his major league debut May 28. The left-hander obtained from Baltimore at last year’s trade deadline has allowed one run on eight hits with 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 20 2-3 innings.

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