Fister sharp {}, Bradley Jr. homers as Red Sox beat Blue Jays


Doug Fister has rapidly gone from a pitcher looking for a major league job into being a key starter for a team pursuing a division title.

Fister gave up one run over seven innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. struck a two-run homer and drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Wednesday night, a day after the teams played a 19-inning marathon.

The Red Sox claimed the 33-year-old Fister in June after he picked out of a Triple-A contract and was published by the Los Angeles Angels. In the past couple weeks, he has definitely been Boston’s best starter.

“To say that if we got him from the Angels that he’d be conducting a series of starts consecutively like he is, no — he has surpassed the first expectation,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He is doing a wonderful job.”

It was the second straight win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who moved four games before the second-place Yankees. New York’s game at Baltimore was rained out.

Playing only 18 hours after finishing a 3-2 victory that lasted half an hour and finished on Hanley Ramirez’s bloop single, the Red Sox took charge with a four-run fourth which was capped by Bradley’s homer.

Fister (5-7) allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked three, improving to 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.50 ERA.

“It is definitely a fun time of year, being anxious for what might come,” he said. “I just always work hard each and every day.”

Joe Biagini (3-10) was tagged for five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

With rain beginning to fall when the Red Sox came to the plate in the fourth, Xander Bogaerts stopped a 3-for-33 stretch by lining an opposite field RBI triple and scored on Rafael Devers’ single. Bradley then belted his homer to Boston’s bullpen, which makes it 5-1.

“I thought he threw the ball pretty good early under these circumstances,” Blue Jays acting director DeMarlo Hale said of Biagini. “You consider the fourth inning, actually the big blow was the home run. He left a changeup up to Bradley and I thought that was really the big blow of the game{}”

Biagini did not waste time analyzing his outing.

“Bad. That’s a brief answer for you,” he said. “It is a search for consistency, consistency of discharge stage. Just aggressiveness and all that great stuff.”

Both teams scored a run in the first.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) threw his fourth bullpen session of this week and Farrell said he is expected to pitch a simulated game Saturday. … Farrell chose to DH 2B Dustin Pedroia with the prediction of showers to restrict playing his left knee which landed him on the DL with inflammation for almost 3 weeks last month.

LET ME SEE, TOO

Fister stood on the edge of the mound and joined in, appearing at an iPad which Red Sox head groundskeeper Dave Mellor brought out to reveal the umpires the radar prior to the sixth.

SLOW STARTS

During his powerful four-start stretch, Fister has allowed all five of his runs in the opening inning.

Miguel Montero attracted a bases-loaded walk after Fister gave up a leadoff single to Ezequiel Carrera, a double to Justin Smoak and a stroll to Michael Saunders.

“He gets to the rhythm of the match. It takes him an inning,” Farrell said. “It has been uncanny how similar the start of matches are and how he ends.”

EASY THEFTS

The Red Sox were in stolen base attempts, and enhanced to 29 for 32 this season against Toronto, the most steals by any club in the majors against an opponent this year.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Away Thursday. They open a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Friday against Detroit. RHP Marcus Stroman (11-6, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled to begin after leaving his final one when he was hit on the right elbow with a line drive.

Red Sox: Away Thursday. LHP Drew Pomeranz (14-5, 3.36) looks to rebound after his career-best eight-game winning streak was stopped in his last start when Boston opens a three-game series against Tampa Bay in Fenway Park on Friday.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail