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April 26, 2014

Sox rout Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz homered, Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 last night.

Will Middlebrooks returned from the disabled list with two hits and two RBIs as Boston bounced back from an error-filled loss to the Yankees on Thursday. The Red Sox held a pregame meeting after making five errors in their 14-5 home defeat against New York.

“No one is proud of the way things unfolded (Thursday) night,” manager John Farrell said. “That was an ugly game.”

The Red Sox set season highs with 16 hits and eight extra-base hits as they roughed up left-hander Mark Buehrle (4-1), who was trying to become the first Blue Jays pitcher to start a season with five straight wins.

Buehrle came in with a major league-best 0.64 ERA, but allowed 12 hits and seven runs, six earned, in 5 1-3 innings. He gave up more earned runs in Boston’s four-run second than he had in his four previous starts combined (two). He walked three and struck out none.

Juan Francisco homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

Peavy (1-0) allowed one run and five hits to win for the first time in five starts. He walked two and struck out seven.

Chris Capuano struck out the side in the eighth and Andrew Miller finished for Boston.

Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski opened the scoring in the second with a sacrifice fly off Buehrle, his former Chicago White Sox batterymate. Middlebrooks followed with an RBI single, the first hit against Buehrle in 24 at-bats this season with a runner in scoring position. Dustin Pedroia capped the rally with a two-run single.

Ortiz made it 5-0 with a leadoff homer in the fifth, the 50th of his career against Toronto. Ortiz has 33 career homers at Rogers Centre, the second-highest total by an opposing player. Alex Rodriguez leads with 36.

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