Marcus Stroman was effective for six innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. put three balls in a safe place and the Toronto Blue Jays had a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.
Danny Jansen scored a two-point single and Eric Sogard added a solo circuit for the Blue Jays (29-49), who won the last two games in this three-man series. Rowdy Tellez got two hits and scored twice.
The Red Sox (42-37) had won eight of their last nine outings after winning the first game on Friday, following a long two-point ball from Christian Vazquez.
Stroman (5-9) limited the Red Sox to five singles, including three straight in the second inning, and he gave a walk. This is the fifth time in his last eight starts that he is only one point behind his opponents.
Rick Porcello (5-7) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings for Boston.
The visitors scored one point in the second and third inning before adding three more in the sixth, propelling themselves ahead 5-0.
Unlike the first two games of the series, in which the leading team let slip a good lead, Stroman and three bullpen have held up.
Friday, the Red Sox trailed 5-1 in the seventh inning. On Saturday, the Blue Jays were five points behind in the seventh.
While the Torontonians led 2-0, Porcello made an illegal pretense that cost a point. Jansen followed with a single in the center-left field.
Gurriel also did a good job on the defensive, removing Brock Holt to the plate after a single from Jackie Bradley Jr.
Brandon Drury opened the score and Cavan Biggio had doubled his lead a few minutes before.
Bradley does not miss his entry
Bobby Bradley knocked out a double and produced a point in his first appearance at the Marble in the Majors, helping the Cleveland Indians defeat the Detroit Tigers 8-3.
Bradley, who led the International League with 24 homers, was promoted earlier in the day. He crossed the plate once and took a walk and did a nice catch.
Verlander on a mission against the Yankees
Jose Altuve slammed a long ball as first batter, Yordan Alvarez scored a four-goal shot and the Houston Astros easily defeated the New York Yankees 9-4.
The Yankees had won their last eight outings, but they stumbled on ace pitcher Justin Verlander. The Astros hit four homers, including a Tyler White grand slam.
The Royals crush the Twins
Hunter Dozier hit a three-run homer during a five-run thrust in the third inning, Homer Bailey was solid until round six and the Kansas City Royals crushed the Minnesota Twins 6-1.
Alex Gordon had two RBIs and Nicky Lopez also scored a one-point single to allow the Royals to split the honors in this four-game series.
Bailey (7-6) made only one mistake in the fourth by allowing Eddie Rosario to snap a right-field circuit. The right handed conceded only five hits and a walk.