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Cabrera hits two homers in Jays' rout

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Cabrera hits two homers in Jays' rout

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays have more than paid back the Boston Red Sox for a lopsided loss last week.

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 games against the Red Sox this season.

Last Monday night, the Red Sox beat the Jays 14-1. Since then, Toronto has won four straight against

Boston, taking the final three games of a four-game set in Toronto last week.

"Good one to be on the right side, just like the other time in Toronto, that first game there," Blue Jays

manager John Gibbons said. "Good way to start the series."

Second baseman 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.

"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."

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.

"I'll take that every time out, that's for sure," Dickey said. "I kind of wish they could divide them up

over like three starts. That was fun and it's fun to go out there and really get a chance to enjoy your

craft, almost kind of wish we'd have only scored two runs because I felt like I had that kind of knuckleball

tonight and saved this outing for when I gave up five, but I'll take it."

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 entering the sixth, the Blue Jays chased Buchholz and broke it open. Goins' RBI double off

the Green Monster in left ended Buchholz's night. Doubront relieved and shortstop Jose Reyes' bases-loaded

sacrifice fly made it 6-0 before left fielder Cabrera, batting right-handed, homered completely over the

Monster and out of Fenway Park. Center fielder Colby Rasmus had an RBI double and third baseman Munenori

Kawasaki added a two-run double, making it 12-0. Goins plated the final run of the inning with a fielder's


Doubront left the mound to loud boos.

"On a night when you're hopeful to stretch him out a couple of innings, that wasn't the case," Farrell


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 shortstop Stephen Drew had a leadoff double down the right-field line

for Boston's first hit. He moved to third on third baseman Xander Bogaerts' ground out, but was stranded when

catcher David Ross fanned and center fielder Broke 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 catcher 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


Ortiz, first baseman Mike Napoli and left fielder Daniel Nava fanned in consecutive at-bats, each on 60-

mph knuckleballs.

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, has 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) on Tuesday in the

middle game of the three-game set.



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