Red Sox - 800 000 310 - 12 19 1 Blue Jays - 040 000 002 - 6 14 1The first eight Red Sox batters reached base and scored - and the game was 21 minutes old before the Blue Jays recorded an out. Toronto starter Matt Boyd (0-6-7-1-0, 28) threw fewer pitches than three of the relievers that followed him to the Skydome mound.
The highlight of Boyd's second big league start was getting ahead of Mookie Betts 0-2. Then Betts (3-for-6) lined a single to left. Brock Holt (4-for-6) grounded a single to right. Xander Bogaerts (4-for-6) lined an RBI-single to center. David Ortiz hit an opposite field three-run home run (off a lefty!). Hanley Ramirez followed with a solo bomb to the second deck in left-centre. Pablo Sandoval singled to right and Mike Napoli walked.
Liam Hendriks came out of the pen and Alejandro De Aza promptly tripled to left-centre, scoring two more runs. Ryan Hanigan - reactivated from the disabled list - popped to second, which caused a standing ovation at Skydome. Betts singled in De Aza, making it 8-0. Holt lined a pitch off Hendriks's foot, and the ball caromed over to third baseman Josh Donaldson. The umpires ruled that Betts interfered with Donaldson, despite the fact that Betts tried to both stop running into the fielder and get out of his way. Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop to end the festivities.
The Boston bats went quiet for the next couple of innings and Wade Miley made every Red Sox fan feel like this would be one of those horrific games in which the bats go into hibernation and the opposing team chips away at the lead before finally coming out on top. In five innings, Miley (5-7-4-7-2, 103) allowed seven hits and seven walks. Toronto sent 10 men to the plate and scored four runs. They brought the potential tying run to the plate and left the bases loaded. And although the Jays did not score in the fourth, Miley left the bases filled in that frame, as well.
Boston purchased some insurance runs in the seventh, with De Aza, Betts, and Bogaerts driving in runs.
The Red Sox set a season-high mark with 19 hits. Holt and Bogaerts each had four hits. De Aza went 3-for-5, with a single, double, triple, and four RBI. Betts went 3-for-6.
Larry Lucchino says he is "a little embarrassed" by the Red Sox's performance this season.