Red Sox beat Jays in Farrell's return to Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli hit a two-run shot and drove in three, as the Boston Red Sox ensured a positive result in manager John Farrell's return to Toronto, with a 6-4 decision over the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.
The 50-year-old Farrell led the Blue Jays to a 73-89 mark in 2012 and 154-170 record in two seasons at the helm, but bolted for the vacant BoSox post in late October.
Will Middlebrooks added an insurance homer, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedro Ciriaco each knocked in a run for the Red Sox, who had won two of three in the Bronx to begin 2013.
Junichi Tazawa (1-0) allowed a run in the seventh but picked up the win.
Jose Reyes finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Blue Jays, losers in three of four to start the year. Mark DeRosa also went deep and knocked in the other two runs.
Esmil Rogers (0-1) was charged with the deciding run while recording just two outs in the eighth.
04/05 22:52:01 ET