May 22, 2018
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Hall hits 2 homers as Red Sox rout Blue Jays

The Associated Press

   TORONTO — Bill Hall hit two home runs, Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew also connected and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto once again, routing the Blue Jays 10-1 Wednesday night.

Hall, who drove in four runs, and Mike Lowell each had three hits as the Red Sox improved to 9-2 against Toronto this season.

The Red Sox have hit 153 home runs this season, second in the majors to Toronto’s 178.

Clay Buchholz (13-5) won his third straight decision, allowing one unearned run and five hits in eight innings and lowering his ERA to 2.49.

Hall led off the second with a home run, then added a two-run shot, his 15th of the season, in the fourth. It was the fourth multihomer game of his career.

Drew hit a solo homer in Boston’s five-run fifth, his 14th. Beltre capped the inning with a three-run drive, his 21st.

Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum (10-6) allowed a season-high eight runs and seven hits in four-plus innings, including a career-high four home runs.

Marcum came in having allowed just 18 earned runs over 55 2-3 innings in 13 prior appearances against the Red Sox, but was shaky from the start. He walked three and hit a batter in a 36-pitch first inning. Lowell drew a bases-loaded walk as the Red Sox took the early lead.

Jose Bautista had a sacrifice fly in the bottom half, but that was all the Blue Jays would get against Buchholz.

Hall put Boston ahead with his homer in the second, and widened the gap with his two-run shot in the fourth.

The Red Sox broke it open in the fifth. Drew led off with a homer and Victor Martinez and David Ortiz both singled before Beltre chased Marcum with his drive.

Brian Tallet came on and gave up a double to Lowell, who scored on Hall’s single.

NOTES: Bautista threw out Martinez after an RBI single in the eighth. It was Bautista’s major league-best 10th outfield assist. … The Red Sox have won 10 of their last 11 in Toronto. … Boston recalled C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Pawtucket and placed C Kevin Cash (left hamstring) on the 15-day DL. Saltalamacchia came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth. … OF Vernon Wells (right foot) and SS Yunel Escobar returned to Toronto’s lineup after sitting out Tuesday. … Marcum allowed a career-high nine runs on Aug. 19, 2006, at Baltimore.

    Red Sox promote Saltalamacchia from Triple-A

TORONTO — The Boston Red Sox recalled catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday and placed catcher Kevin Cash on the 15-day disabled list.

The switch-hitting Saltalamacchia was acquired by Boston on July 31 in a trade with Texas. He played just two games for the Rangers this season before going on the DL with back and shoulder pain, then struggled with his throwing at Triple-A before being traded.

Saltalamacchia is expected to make his Boston debut behind the plate in Thursday’s game at Toronto, with Victor Martinez moving to first base and Mike Lowell getting the day off.

Drafted by Atlanta in 2003, Saltalamacchia has a career average of .251 with 23 homers and 94 RBIs in 240 games.

Cash injured his left hamstring in Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees. The eight-year veteran, who began the season with Houston, joined the Red Sox in a July 1 trade and is batting .176 with no home runs or RBIs in 20 games since.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, out since June 25 with a broken left foot, ran again Wednesday and reported no pain, manager Terry Francona said. Pedroia will fly back to Boston on Thursday and is scheduled to undergo X-rays Friday. If he receives clearance, Pedroia will play second base for Pawtucket on Saturday night, be the designated hitter Sunday, then rejoin the Red Sox in time for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Boston is off Monday.

Francona also said outfielder Mike Cameron, who has not played since July 30 with a torn abdominal muscle, felt good after taking batting practice Tuesday and would hit again Wednesday.

Carlos Delgado, who signed a minor league deal with Boston last week, will DH at Pawtucket on Wednesday, Francona said. Delgado went 0 for 3 in his Pawtucket debut Monday and did not play Tuesday because the Red Sox wanted Saltalamacchia to play first base.

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