David Ortiz hit his 13th home run of the year in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Jackie Bradley Jr., David Ortiz homer in Red Sox' third straight win

Ryan Hannable
June 30, 2015 - 6:11 pm
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Is it too soon to say the Red Sox may be building some momentum and turning a corner? For just the third time all season (79 games) the Red Sox have won three games in a row as they held on to beat the Blue Jays, 4-3 Tuesday night in Toronto. It was also their ninth win in their last 14 games. The Red Sox scored two runs in the first inning without even recording a hit against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada. The right-hander walked four, including two with the bases loaded as the Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead before the Blue Jays even stepped to the plate. Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Ortiz each hit solo home runs in the second and third innings respectively to force Estrada from the game after just 2 1/3 innings. Ortiz's was absolutely crushed -- 468 feet to right field for his 13th home run of the season. Eduardo Rodriguez faced the Blue Jays just over two weeks ago and allowed nine runs in 4 2/3 innings, but Tuesday the left-hander got some revenge. The rookie went six innings allowing one run on four hits, while walking two and striking out four. He threw 97 pitches with a season-high nine swing and misses. Rodriguez improved to 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA on the year. Tommy Layne relieved Rodriguez for the seventh inning and allowed a two-run homer to Jose Reyes, which cut the Red Sox lead to one at 4-3, but the Red Sox bullpen was able to hold on. Koji Uehara earned his 18th save with a perfect ninth inning. It was his third appearance in the last three days. The Red Sox have now took the first two games of the four-game series. Here's what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-3 in the win. His home run was his first major league homer since May 31, 2014, a stretch that spanned 248 at-bats. -- Ortiz's home run just added to his records against the Blue Jays. He now has 38 home runs and 120 extra-base hits, the most ever by a player against the Jays. -- Alexi Ogando retired all four batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings in between Layne and Uehara. He's now gone 11 appearances and 11 2/3 innings without allowing a run. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Layne's home run allowed to Reyes was just the second he's allowed this season, but it allowed the Jays to get within a run. -- The Red Sox finished with just three hits against Blue Jays relievers.

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