Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and his teammates backed him up with season-high 16 hits as the Boston Red Sox crushed the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, in Friday’s opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.
Peavy (1-0) gave up just one run, a homer to Juan Francisco, on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts while Will Middlebrooks and Dustin Pedroia drove in a pair of runs apiece as the Red Sox improved to 11-13.
A.J. Pierzynski and Jackie Bradley each finished with three hits while David Ortiz added a solo shot for the Red Sox.
Mark Buehrle (4-1) suffered his first defeat of the season after allowing seven runs – six earned — on 12 hits with three walks and no strikeouts over 5 1/3 frames for the Blue Jays (11-12), who have dropped three in a row and six of nine.
The Red Sox sent seven men to the plate as part of a four-run second inning. Pierzynski lifted a sacrifice fly, Middlebrooks hit an RBI single and Pedroia drove in two with a single to give Boston a 4-0 lead.
In the third, Ortiz hit a one-out solo homer, his fifth of the season, to put the Red Sox ahead, 5-0.
Buehrle navigated his way out of trouble the next two frames until Boston chased him with one out in the sixth.
Middlebrooks, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, came through again, driving a 1-2 offering to right-center field to double in Pierzynski, giving Boston a 6-0 lead.
Bradley later came around to score on a bases-loaded walk by Toronto reliever Neil Wagner to put the Red Sox ahead, 7-0.