The Blue Jays ride Manoah’s arm with more of his bat, defeating the Bosox. Globalnews.ca

BOSTON (AP) — All-Star Alec Manoah played six quick innings as the Toronto Blue Jays relied on their hand more than their bat to maintain their season-long dominance of the Red Sox, defeating Boston 4 on Saturday. beat by 1.

A day after Toronto set a team record for runs—and most runs scored against the Red Sox—in a 28-5 romp, Manoah set the tone.

“When he’s on the mound, we know we have a chance to win,” said Toronto interim manager John Schneider. “It’s easier to get up for the game when he’s on the mound.”

Boston lost for the eighth time in nine matches. Red Sox fans were sure to get a cheer on Sunday, however, when former slugger David Ortiz was inducted into the Hall of Fame—many of them headed to Cooperstown, New York—to see Big Papi.

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“It is very challenging and difficult, but no one will feel sorry for you, especially the opposing team. They think it is an ideal position for them,” said Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogarts. “We need the team and we have Need to go out with the lineup. We’re all here for a reason. We can play.”

Manoah (11-4) allowed a run on a homer by Bobby Dalbeck, who cleared everything in left field in the second, and seven hits. He left none, killed seven and reduced his era to 2.24.

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Manoah said, “My competition is something I know I can control.” “The desire to win in that and not expecting anything less is what I’m trying to do every day.”

Animated Manoah barked at the Boston bench after ending his outing with three straight strikeouts. He inspired fellow All-Star Bogarts to flourish as of late.

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“He’s a passionate guy and that’s what makes him an elite — the way he competes,” Schneider said. “Just make sure your emotions don’t overwhelm you and show that to your opponent, but you can’t ask him for anything more in that innings.”

Jordan Romano took a scoreless ninth to save his league-leading 21st.

Toronto had seven hits the day after scoring 29, and improved to 9-3 against the Red Sox this year. The Blue Jays are 3 1/2 games ahead of Boston for the AL’s final wild card spot.

Toronto made the third run for three runs off rookie Cutter Crawford (2-3). Santiago Espinal and Jorge Springer hit RBI singles and Alejandro Kirk had a sacrificial fly.

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The Red Sox put All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers on a 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring swelling, making the move a day after he was ruled out early in the fifth inning.

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Blue Jays: Yui Kikuchi (neck strain) conceded five innings of a two-hit shutout ball in a rehab debut for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. The lefty finished with four strikes and three walks, throwing 43 of his 77 pitches for strikes. Interim manager John Schneider said the next 72 hours will be crucial before plotting the next course of action for a pitcher who has posted a 5.12 ERA in 16 before being placed on a 15-day injured list earlier this month.

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Red Sox: A back spasm kept All-Star DH JD Martinez out of the lineup for the second straight game. “He doesn’t feel very well,” said manager Alex Cora. “Hopefully by tomorrow (Sunday) or Monday, he will be back in the lineup.” … Rich Hill (left knee sprain) has bullpen session scheduled for Sunday. Lefty pitcher has been on IL since July 2… Cora says RHP Matt Barnes (shouldered swelling) was in good spirits after Friday’s rehab appearance with Worcester. He is scheduled to throw an innings for VUSOX on Sunday. …INF/OF Kiké Hernández (hip flexor strain) was transferred to 60-day-old IL. , 2B is throwing Trevor Storey (injury to the right arm), but has yet to swing the bat since he was on the injured list on July 16.

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Blue Jays: Ross Stripling (5-3, 3.03) will continue to build on a strong July. The right-hander has registered 2.70 ERA in his last three starts this month.

Red Sox: Top pitching prospect Brian Bello (0-1, 10.13 ERA) makes his third start on Sunday. The 23-year-old is still looking for his first MLB win and wants to pitch in the fifth inning – something he didn’t do in his first two starts with Boston.

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