The Toronto Blue Jays unloaded on Boston pitching Sunday afternoon, matching a team high 5 home runs in a single game this season to build a commanding early lead over Boston and cruise to a 12-4 victory. The win capped just the second series victory for the Blue Jays this season and continued Boston’s May swoon. In losing their last 8 of 10 games, the Red Sox continued a troubling offensive trend Sunday afternoon, finishing the series with Toronto with just 3 hits with 36 runners in scoring position. The Blue Jays victimized Bosox starter Ryan Dempster with a two out, two run single by Munenero Kawasaki hitting out of the number 9 slot in the second inning. They added a third run on a solo shot by Jose Batista and a fourth run by a homer by Emilio Bonafacio just over the outreach of right fielder Shane Victorino. Victorino made a leaping effort at the wall and crashed hard against the right field fence on the play. He managed to remain in the game but was removed in the 6th inning and taken for x-rays in the Boston locker room. The Red Sox got a run back in the bottom of the 4th on Mike Napoli’s 7th home run of the season, which also marked his 24th extra base hit of the season, tops in the major leagues. Edwin Encarcion recouped that run with a solo shot in the top of the 5th to make it 6-1 for the Blue Jays and chased starter Ryan Dempster. Dempster suffered his worst outing in a Red Sox uniform, giving up 6 runs, all earned, including three long balls in just 5 innings. Andrew Miller came on in relief and with one out surrendered a solo home run to Brett Lawrie to increase Toronto’s lead to 7-1. A double steal followed by Bautista’s second home run of the day pushed Toronto’s lead to 10-1. Boston responded in the bottom of the 6th when Napoli doubled and scored and Daniel Nava’s sacrifice fly. Pedro Ciriaco, making a rare appearance at first base, hit a solo home run in the 8th inning, his first of the season and only third of his career to bring the score to 10-3. The Red Sox loaded the bases in the frame but could chase home just one more run on Jarrod Saltalamachia’s sacrifice rbi to draw within 10-4. Rookie Jose De La Torre, called up from Triple-A, made his 2013 debut in a relief role for Boston in the 9th, giving up two more runs on a double by Melky Cabrera, a walk to Bautista, followed by a two rbi single from Edwin Encarcion.
Following a single by Stephen Drew to open the Boston 9th, the Red Sox went quietly in the 9th to close out the 12-4 loss.
Ciriaco had two adventuresome plays in his unfamiliar spot start at first base, struggling to get his foot on the bag for a routine ground ball throw from Pedroia at second, then recovering nicely later to cleanly field a scorching ground ball just behind the bag and crisp toss to the pitcher on the cover throw.
There was no word on the extent of Victorino’s injury following his removal from the game and x-rays. The Red Sox Sunday also placed catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion DL after he took two wicked foul ball tips directly off his face mask in Saturday evening’s loss to the Jays. Boston called up Ryan Lavarnway to back up Saltalamachia behind the plate. DH David Ortiz got a “scheduled” day off from manager John Farrell, although Ortiz has gone hitless in his last 16 at bats.
Boston has an off day Monday and then hits the road for a nine-game swing through Tampa Bay, Minnesota and at the Chicago White Sox before returning to Fenway on May 23 for a three game series against the resurgent Cleveland Indians under former Boston skipper Terry Francona and a two game Interleague set against the Philadelphia Phillies before closing out the month on the road against the Phillies again and that team from the Evil Empire, the New York Yankees.
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