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Bogaerts, Holt help red-hot Red Sox enter break with win

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BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox rolled through the pre-All-Star game portion of their schedule piling up wins. Now, they'll have a few days to sit back, relax and enjoy their historic start.

Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs, leading the Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 yesterday to enter the break with their best record since 1949.

“I think we did great. I think the record shows," Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts said. "We were pretty much in every game, had a chance to win every game and we won a lot of them.”

Brock Holt also drove in two runs for the AL East-leading Red Sox (68-30), who own the major league's best record and have won 12 of their last 13 games. They lead the Yankees by 4 1/2 games going into the break.

“Anytime you're winning you're having fun," Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "Just keep winning and you'll keep going good.”

Betts went 0 for 3, lowering his major league-leading batting average to .359, and fellow-All Star J.D. Martinez enters the break with 29 homers and an MLB best 80 RBIs.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays (43-52). Toronto's dropped seven of 10 and fell to 3-10 against the Red Sox this season.

“Just to reset. I think that's the mindset of anyone," losing pitcher Marcus Stroman said before storming off later in the interview after a question from a reporter. "Even if you're playing well, it's definitely good to get the break to kind of get away from the game, clear your head and hopefully come back and put some wins together.”

Stroman was upset when asked him about pitching at a field in Vancouver, Canada.

Brandon Workman (2-0), the first of five relievers, struck out the only batter he faced in the fifth after starter Brian Johnson was pulled with the score tied.

In other MLB action yesterday, the Orioles edged the Rangers 6-5; the Marlins skewered the Phillies 10-5; the Pirates sobered up the Brewers 7-6; the White Sox usurped the Royals 10-1; the Rockies sunk the Mariners 4-3; the Dodgers soared above the Angels 5-3; the Nationals vetoed the Mets 6-1; the Indians defeated the Yankees 5-2; the Braves beat the Diamondbacks 5-1; the Twins reeled in the Rays 11-7; the Athletics toppled the Giants 6-2; the Cubs nipped the Padres 7-4; the Cardinals beat the Reds 6-4; and the Tigers mauled the Astros 6-3.

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