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Red Sox manager Alex Cora liked what he saw from Price.

Estrada (2-3) worked through six innings, allowing four runs to the visitors in the process, but the Jays bats couldn't pick him up and the result was a 5-2 loss.

Former Blue Jay David Price, who had his last start pushed back as he battles carpal tunnel syndrome, is expected to start the second game of the series Saturday. The lefty struggled with his control on Sunday, walking five and allowing five hits in just four-plus innings.

Estrada had just one spot of trouble, coming in third inning, but it was enough to create damage from which the Jays could not recover.

Boston (28-12) took two of three from the Blue Jays and have won six of 10 overall.

"I feel like it's usually a home run that just kind of kills everything for me", Estrada said.

"Today, same thing. If it wasn't for that homer, who knows". Pomeranz served up a pair of solo home runs to Giancarlo Stanton, but those were the only tallies the Bombers mustered off the southpaw.

"We all know he can do that". I wish I could have given the team a better chance to win today, but still got through six.

"The more I threw, the better I felt", Price said.

Touching 95 miles per hour and throwing more curves than he's used since last June, Price held the Toronto Blue Jays to two runs while striking out six over 5.1 innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 win at the Rogers Centre. Estrada allowed a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in the third, part of a three-run inning for Boston.

With Toronto trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Yangervis Solarte thought he had the game's tying run while trying to score from first on a Martin double, but the Blue Jays second baseman couldn't beat the Red Sox relay and was tagged out at home. His 33 RBIs lead the Red Sox and rank fifth in the league.

It was Maile's second home run of the contest as he drove in four of the Toronto runs to help the Blue Jays draw first blood in their three-game American League East showdown at a vibrant Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he had no problem with third base coach Luis Rivera's decision to send Solarte.

"What a year he's having, he really is", Gibbons said. "If we're going to go, we'd better be safe".

The weird sensations in his wrist and hands have made it hard for him to spin a breaking ball at times, but he looked confident in the pitch against the Jays.

"That's big, just to have that velocity separation, to be able to throw it 0-0 and get that strike", Price said. "They have to go more than twice through the lineup or you're probably not in very good shape anyway".

"I'm not sure about the other guys but for me, for sure", said Estrada, who got through the batting order three times, hallelujah.

He surrendered his 10th jack of the season yesterday in a crooked third inning that ultimately made the only difference the Red Sox needed: back-to-back doubles by Mookie Betts and Andrew Benitendi, Boston up 1-0, followed immediately by a Henley Ramirez sluggo into the Toronto pen on an 0-1 count, feasting on a fastball with hardly a trace of movement on it. They have pitched a lot. He'll try to keep it going on Sunday in Toronto.

"It's awesome, he's pretty good", Maile said of Sale. He was committed. He told me: 'I'm a better hitter than I was a year ago, ' and he's always been great defensively. but he's got big hit after big hit. "The home run ball to Ramirez was a bit over the plate. but overall he gave us six innings".

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