The Boston Red Sox were unable to slow down Toronto's surging lineup and the Blue Jays rolled to a 10th straight victory. They're hoping rookie sensation Eduardo Rodriguez has better luck against the hottest team in baseball Sunday at Fenway Park.
Toronto (33-30), which last won 11 in a row in June 2013, beat the Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings Saturday. Russell Martin put the Blue Jays ahead for the second straight game with a home run in the 11th, his 10th of the season and third in five games.
They were 4 for 8 with runners in scoring position and the double-digit hit total was the club's 12th in 18 games. Toronto is averaging 6.8 runs during the winning streak and has scored 6.5 per game while taking five of eight meetings in the season series.
Rodriguez (2-0, 0.44 ERA) will try to rise to the challenge as he looks to continue the excellent start to his career, having allowed one run in 20 2-3 innings over three outings.
"Through three starts, we're looking at a pretty special young man," manager John Farrell said.
The left-hander is making Boston look brilliant for acquiring him from Baltimore for reliever Andrew Miller in July. He's given up eight hits and seven walks with 21 strikeouts, and the lone run came on a homer by Minnesota's Brian Dozier on June 3.
However, with a major league-leading .308 average and .498 slugging percentage against left-handers, Toronto could give Rodriguez problems. Josh Donaldson is hitting .419 against lefties, though he was 0 for 5 overall Saturday.
The Red Sox (27-36) are a season-worst nine games below .500 after dropping a season-high five straight, giving up 29 runs in the last four. David Ortiz is 2 for his last 30 with runners in scoring position.
"We've got to show up tomorrow and play," said second baseman Dustin Pedroia, batting .373 over his last 12 games. "That's all you can do. We're all grown men. We can't start crying."
They'll face Marco Estrada (3-3, 3.78), who is looking to win a third straight start after knocking off Washington and Miami. Toronto helped him out by scoring 18 runs in those games after he had received one or no runs of support in nine of his first 11 outings.
"It's awesome watching these guys swing the bat," Estrada said. "It's impressive."
He was a winner in relief in his first appearance against Boston, walking two over three scoreless innings in an 11-8 road victory April 28. He didn't record a decision in his only start against the Red Sox, giving up one earned run over 5 2-3 innings of a 6-2 victory April 4, 2014, with Milwaukee.
Boston's lineup could be stretched thin after Pablo Sandoval departed Saturday due to a tight right quadriceps. He is day to day.
Mookie Betts is also expected to miss another game after crashing into the wall in Friday's loss, spraining his lower back. Farrell said no personnel moves were likely, however.
Rusney Castillo moved from right field to Betts' center field spot Saturday while Alejandro De Aza played right.
"With Brock Holt being able to move all over the field, we're covered," Farrell told MLB's official website. "So we're not looking to make any kind of roster change, right now."