Red Sox continue to roll, beat Blue Jays, 5-1

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Red Sox continue to roll, beat Blue Jays, 5-1

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
TORONTO -- The Red Sox road show rolled on Friday night, using a familiar formula -- get an early lead and let the pitching take care of the rest.

Clay Buchholz, pitching with extra rest after some concerns over a stiff back, limited the Toronto Blue Jays to a single run over seven innings and got early run support for a 5-1 Red Sox victory.

The Sox have are 4-0 to start their tour of three A.L. East cities and have won seven in a row overall.

Boston pushed across two runs in the third and two more in the fifth off Toronto starter JoJo Reyes. An infield single by Dustin Pedroia (two hits, on base three times) and a double play produced the first two runs.

Run-scoring singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis accounted for the final two Sox runs. Gonzalez has now knocked in at least one run in seven straight games, a career high for the first baseman.

Gonzalez added an RBI-double in the eighth, giving him 57 RBI in 63 games.

Daniel Bard took care of a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon had a rare efficient inning in a non-save situation.

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Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

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Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.