American League Game Summary - Toronto at Boston|
(Sunday, May 12th)
Final Score: Toronto 12, Boston 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jose Bautista hit two of Toronto's five home
runs and had three RBI as the Blue Jays powered past the Boston Red Sox, 12-4,
in the rubber match of a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer while Edwin Encarnacion and
Brett Lawrie each added solo shots for Toronto, which won just its second
series of the season and completed a winning road trip with a 4-3 record.
"We only played one game over .500 on the road trip, but it's a great way to
bounce back, because we were playing pretty bad," Bautista said. "It's good,
too, to just be playing good baseball. The results are going to come just from
the consistency of doing that."
Chad Jenkins (1-0), making his first start of the year in place of the injured
Brandon Morrow, earned his second career victory after allowing two runs on
seven hits in five-plus innings of work.
Mike Napoli and Pedro Ciriaco each hit solo homers for a Boston club that has
lost eight of 10 and went 3-of-36 with runners in scoring position in the
series, including 0-for-8 on Sunday.
Ryan Dempster (2-4) was rocked for six runs on seven hits in his five-inning
start to take the loss.
"I've just got to do a better job," Dempster admitted. "I didn't have the
slider I normally have. It's unfortunate."
Toronto's Munenori Kawasaki slapped a two-out, two-run single in the second
inning prior to the home run barrage.
In the third, Bautista hit the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster and
nearly out of the stadium for his eighth home run of the season.
An inning later, with a runner on base, Bonifacio launched his first of the
year. Shane Victorino was tracking the ball before recklessly smacking hard
into the right-field wall. The outfielder was dazed for a moment but stayed
in the game before being replaced in the seventh inning.
Napoli got the Red Sox on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a blast
to straightaway center, but Encarnacion got the run right back in the fifth by
crushing a letter-high fastball over everything in left field.
Dempster was gone at the start of the next inning, but the Blue Jays continued
to pound the ball. Lawrie greeted Andrew Miller with a no-doubter over the
wall in left-center, Melky Cabrera added a sacrifice fly and Bautista hammered
a two-run shot off Clayton Mortensen for a 10-1 cushion.
Daniel Nava's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth and two runs in the
eighth courtesy of Ciriaco's first home run of the season and Jarrod
Saltalamacchia's RBI groundout accounted for the final three Red Sox runs.
Encarnacion, who had three of Toronto's 12 hits, tacked on an run-scoring
single in the ninth, and Bautista crossed the plate again on J.P. Arencibia's
Victorino was taken to a local hospital after Sunday's game ... Bautista has
18 career multi-home run games ... Morrow had his start pushed back due to
neck/back issues ... Jenkins, who was recalled from Double-A New Hampshire,
went 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 games -- 3 starts -- last season for the Blue
Jays ... Toronto improved to 2-8-2 in series this year ... Dempster has
given up nine home runs in eight starts this year ... Napoli had three of the
Red Sox's 10 hits ... Boston stranded 25 runners in the series ... The Red Sox
placed catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Sunday and
recalled catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.
05/13 02:08:49 ET