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Boston’s Clay Buchholz beats Blue Jays again

Nathan Denette | AP
Nathan Denette | AP
Boston Red Sox's Scott Podsednik (right) celebrates with teammate David Ortiz after scoring a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during eighth-inning action in Toronto on Friday, June 1, 2012.
The Associated Press

TORONTO — David Ortiz homered, Clay Buchholz won his sixth straight start in Toronto and the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 7-2 Friday night, their fourth victory in five games.

Daniel Nava had three doubles and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits for the Red Sox, who have not lost consecutive games since May 8 and 9 at Kansas City.

Buchholz (5-2) won for the first time in four starts, giving up two runs, both on solo homers, and six hits in a season-high eight innings. The right-hander improved to 6-2 with a 1.72 ERA in eight career starts at Rogers Centre. His six consecutive wins in Toronto are the most ever by a Red Sox pitcher.

Scott Atchison finished in the ninth for the Red Sox.

For the second straight game, the Blue Jays saw their starting pitcher hit on the lower leg by a comebacker. Two days after Brandon Morrow had to be helped off the field after being struck on the right leg, Henderson Alvarez was drilled on the left shin by a one-hopper off the bat of Mike Aviles to start the fifth.

Alvarez (3-5) threw his glove down and hopped around before lying on the ground in pain. He was treated on the field and stayed in the game.

He allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, walked one and struck out two. The second-year right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his past four starts, all Blue Jays losses.

Ortiz got Boston on the board with a leadoff homer to left in the second, his 13th, and the Red Sox made it 2-0 in the second when nava doubled and scored on Gonzalez’s RBI single.

Toronto cut the lead in half in the third when Yunel Escobar homered, his third, but Boston restored its two-run cushion on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s RBI fielder’s choice.

Ryan Sweeney doubled to begin the seventh and Alvarez left after striking out Aviles. Luis Perez came on and got Nick Punto to ground out, then gave up four straight hits. Scott Podsednik singled home a run and scored on Nava’s double before Gonzalez and Ortiz followed with RBI singles. Ortiz was thrown out at first to end the inning after taking too wide a turn on his base hit off the wall in right.

Jose Bautista got another outfield assist in the ninth when he threw out Nick Punto at second base.

Blue Jays rookie David Cooper hit an opposite field homer in the seventh, his first.

NOTES: Boston leads the major leagues with 207 extra base hits, including 137 doubles. … Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (right thumb) took grounders before the game but did not play, his fourth straight day out of the lineup. … Boston INF Kevin Youkilis got the day off. … The Blue Jays assigned Vladimir Guerrero to Triple-A Las Vegas. Guerrero, who signed a minor league contract last month, had been at Class-A Dunedin. He’ll make his Las Vegas debut Saturday. … Boston promoted Mark Prior to Triple-A Pawtucket. The former-first round pick had been at extended spring training.

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