TORONTO (AP) - Armed with his best curveball of the season, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ shut down the surging Boston Red Sox.
Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered and Toronto beat Boston 7-3 on Tuesday night.
“The curveball was as good or better than it’s been so far this year,” Happ said. “That was a big pitch tonight.”
Reyes and Navarro both connected in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays rebounded from Monday’s 14-1 defeat to snap Boston’s winning streak at five games.
“After last night, that demolition, we knew we had to come through today,” Navarro said. “We were expecting Happ to give us a shot and he did a great job.”
Boston set season-highs in runs, hits (18) and homers (4) on Monday, but couldn’t duplicate that output against Happ.
“There’s no bank that we can take runs and put them in and take a loan out the next day, unfortunately,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “It would have been nice to be able to do that today.”
Reyes and Melky Cabrera both had three hits and two RBIs. Cabrera has 14 multi-hit games in his past 30.
David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the eighth, his third homer in two games and the 36th of his career at Rogers Centre, matching Alex Rodriguez for the most by a visiting player.
“He’s very comfortable hitting in this ballpark,” Farrell said.
Happ (8-5) allowed seven hits in six innings, walked one and struck out four to win for the first time since beating the Chicago White Sox on June 26.
“It might have been his best outing of the year,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Dustin McGowan allowed Ortiz’s homer in 1 2-3 innings and Aaron Loup needed just one pitch to retire pinch-hitter Daniel Nava for the final out of the eighth.
Casey Janssen got two outs in the ninth but gave up a two-run homer to Stephen Drew. Brett Cecil got the final out for his fourth save in five chances.
The Red Sox have hit at least one home run in seven straight games.