Ciriaco clutch hit helps Sox edge Jays 3-2

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Ciriaco clutch hit helps Sox edge Jays 3-2

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
win.

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.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.