- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - Mark Buehrle’s brilliant start to the season came to a sudden end against the Boston Red Sox.

David Ortiz homered, Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and Boston beat Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Friday night.

The Red Sox set season highs with 16 hits and eight extra-base hits as they roughed up Buehrle (4-1), who was trying to become the first Blue Jays pitcher to start a season with five straight wins.

The left-hander gave up more earned runs in Boston’s four-run second inning than he had in his four previous starts combined (two). He walked three and struck out none.

“I wasn’t hitting my spots as good as I was in the past,” Buehrle said. “And when I did, they got some base hits. But overall, too many strikes in the middle of the zone.”

Buehrle came in with a major league-best 0.64 ERA, but allowed 12 hits and seven runs, six earned, in 5 1-3 innings.

“We had a pretty clear understanding of how he was going to try and pitch us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “The most important thing is we waited out those borderline pitches that were good pitcher’s pitches that were off the plate to get into some good hitter’s counts.”

Will Middlebrooks returned from the disabled list with two hits and two RBIs as Boston bounced back from an error-filled loss to the Yankees on Thursday. The Red Sox held a pregame meeting after making five errors in their 14-5 home defeat against New York.

“Good team win. We needed it after last night,” Peavy said.

Juan Francisco homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

With Toronto trailing 5-0, slugger Jose Bautista hit a one-out double in the fourth. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a walk but Bautista unwisely tried to steal third and was thrown out by Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Peavy called Bautista’s decision to run “a shot in the arm for us.”

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made it clear he hadn’t called for a steal.

“It wasn’t smart, winning baseball and he won’t do it again,” Gibbons said.

Peavy (1-0) allowed one run and five hits to win for the first time in five starts. He walked two and struck out seven.

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