Cabrera, Blue Jays trounce fading Red Sox
BOSTON — Melky Cabrera homered from each side of the plate and drove in five runs, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey baffled Boston for seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays posted a 14-1 win over the fading Red Sox on Monday night.
It was Toronto’s sixth win in seven games; and its eighth in 11 against the Red Sox this season.
Ryan Goins had four hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who broke it open with a nine-run sixth inning.
American League East cellar dwellers, the Red Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games after winning five straight.
Dickey (9-10) won for just the third time in 10 starts, beating the Red Sox for the second time in a week. He allowed one run and three hits, striking out a season-high 10 and walking just one. He held Boston to two hits over five shutout innings before giving up the run in the sixth on David Ortiz’s RBI single.
Boston starter Clay Buchholz (5-7) was hammered for seven runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. Reliever Felix Doubront got just two outs during Toronto’s sixth, getting tagged for six runs and six hits, including Cabrera’s second homer.
Leading 4-0 in the sixth, the Blue Jays chased Buchholz and broke it open with the nine runs. Goins’ RBI double off the Green Monster in left ended Buchholz’s night. Doubront relieved and Jose Reyes’ bases-loaded sacrifice fly made it 6-0 before Cabrera, batting right-handed, homered over the Monster and out of Fenway Park. Colby Rasmus had an RBI double and Munenori Kawasaki added a two-run double, making it 12-0. Goins plated the final run with a fielder’s choice.
Doubront left the mound to loud boos.
Toronto grabbed a 2-0 lead two batters into the game when Cabrera homered on the first pitch after Reyes had walked.
Boston threatened in the third when Stephen Drew had a leadoff double down the right-field line for Boston’s first hit. He moved to third on Xander Bogaerts’ ground out, but was stranded when David Ross fanned and Brock Holt lined out to right.
The Blue Jays then added two runs in the fourth on Goins’ two-run single through a draw-in infield.
Rasmus had opened the inning with a walk and Kawasaki singled before Josh Thole sacrificed them to second and third.
Skies became dark over the first-base stands early in the third inning and light rain fell for a brief time.
Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava fanned in consecutive at-bats, each on 60-mph knuckleballs.
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Notes: The Blue Jays announced early in the game that they acquired INF Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals for RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz. ... Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera, who homered in the first inning, hit safely in 17 of his past 20 games. ... Toronto DH Jose Bautista entered the night with 28 career homers against the Red Sox, 18 coming in Fenway Park. It is his highest total in any visiting park. ... Despite the team’s poor season to date, Red Sox starters own 61 quality starts, just three behind the AL’s best mark, held by the Oakland A’s. ... Boston DH David Ortiz took a big swing and miss in the first inning and stood in a pose for a few seconds, standing statue-like in the batter’s box. ... RHP R.A. Dickey beat RHP Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox last Wednesday, allowing four earned runs in six innings. ... RHP Marcus Stroman (6-2, 3.21 ERA) goes for Toronto against RHP Rubby De La Rosa (3-3, 3.54) Tuesday night in the middle game of the three-game set.