Four Blue Jays combined for five home runs, piling it on a Red Sox team struggling to score runs of its own, in a 12-4 Toronto win Sunday at Fenway Park.
The Jays were able to take two games of the three-game set from the Sox, who’ve lost eight of their last 10. Since taking two of three from the Jays in Toronto earlier this month, the Sox have lost three straight series.
With David Ortiz taking a scheduled offday, the Sox continued to struggled with runners on, going 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. They were 0 for 11 in that situation Saturday. The Sox also left eight runners on base Sunday.
Blue Jays spot starter Chad Jenkins gave up two runs over five innings.
The Sox’ offense revolved around Dustin Pedroia (2 for 5 with a run) and Mike Napoli (3 for 4 with a homer).
Meanwhile, the Jays used 12 hits to put up their second-highest run total of the season. Jose Bautista (2 for 4, three RBIs) shot a pair of home runs over the Green Monster, giving him nine for the season. Although he came in with 20 career homers against the Sox, it was his first multi-home run game against them (18th overall).
In the third inning, Bautista put a charge into a first-pitch fastball from Sox starter Ryan Dempster. The blast ricocheted off the fence at the back of the Monster and back onto the field to give the Jays a 3-0 lead.
At that point things hadn’t gotten away from the Sox, but Bautista’s two-run homer off Clayton Mortensen in the sixth landed in the first row of the Monster seats and capped a four-run inning that blew the game wide open.
The three home runs Dempster allowed matched a career-high he gave up last year against the Padres while pitching with the Cubs. He hadn’t given up more than one in any of his six starts for the Sox this season.
Dempster, who had been solid all season, had his roughest outing of the year, giving up six runs on seven hits over five innings, his record falling to 2-4.
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