TORONTO -- For the first time since the last weekend in August, the Red Sox have won consecutive games.
Pedro Ciriaco's two-out double in the ninth inning scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the go-ahead run as the Sox edged the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, for their second straight
The victory pulled the Sox into a tie in the fourth spot American League East.
Craig Breslow, who pitched the eighth, got credit for the win as Andrew Bailey nailed down his second save in as many games.
The teams had traded solo runs through the first five innings. After the Jays used an RBI-double from Adam Lind off starter Clay Buchholz (seven innings, two runs allowed), Cody
Ross answered with his 21st homer in the second.
The Sox went up for the first time in the fourth when Saltalamacchia singled home Ross. The Jays answered an inning later when Lind delivered a sacrifice fly.
Boston then squandered several scoring opportunities. The fourth, seventh and eighth innings all ended with a Red Sox baserunner stranded on third.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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