April 26, 2018
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Cabrera hits two homers as Blue Jays rout Red Sox

Mark L. Baer | USA Today Sports
Mark L. Baer | USA Today Sports
Toronto's Melky Cabrera (left) celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with Juan Francisco (47) and Anthony Gose (right) during the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Monday night.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Melky Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs while light-hitting Ryan Goins had four hits and four RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays rode a big sixth inning en route to a 14-1 pounding of the Boston Red Sox Monday night at Fenway Park.

R.A. Dickey (9-10) had no issues making the run support hold up, giving up a run and three hits while striking out a season-high 10 in seven innings. Munenori Kawasaki drove in two runs and scored three and Colby Rasmus chipped in an RBI double for the Blue Jays, who have won four straight against the Red Sox in the past week.

Clay Buchholz (5-7) was roughed up for seven runs in five-plus frames and reliever Felix Doubront gave up six more in just two-thirds of an inning as Boston surrendered 14 hits and eight walks overall. David Ortiz provided all of the offense with an RBI single in the sixth as Boston lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Buchholz immediately dug himself a hole by walking leadoff man Jose Reyes to begin the game and then serving up a two-run shot to Cabrera. Goins singled on a 3-0 pitch in the fourth to bring in a pair and doubled in another run in the sixth to chase Buchholz.

Doubront entered but fared no better, walking the first man he faced before a sacrifice fly and Cabrera’s three-run blast to left that made it 9-0. Kawasaki chipped in a two-run double later in the nine-run frame, the biggest for an opponent against the Red Sox this season.

“Through the first six innings it was an ugly night from the mound,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “You give up nine runs in one inning, I think that’s far too many runs to come back from for any lineup. I thought Dickey had one of the better knuckleballs we’ve seen from him, but, still, when you get down that much that early, that’s a tough night.”

GAME NOTEBOOK: Toronto acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Royals in exchange for C Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks. … The Blue Jays have outscored the Red Sox 35-8 during the four straight wins, which came after Boston’s 14-1 victory in Toronto last Monday. … Buchholz’s seven earned runs represent his highest total since Oct. 1, 2012 (career-high eight at New York Yankees).

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