- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox are looking like a team that’ll be playing out the string a little early this season.

The defending World Series champions, last in the AL East, lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 on Monday night.

And, it wasn’t pretty.

Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs, R.A. Dickey pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the Blue Jays used a nine-run sixth en route to the rout.

“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 knuckelballs we’ve seen from him, but, still, when you get down that much that early, that’s a tough night.”

The Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games.

Cabrera homered into Boston’s bullpen in right field after Jose Reyes led off the game with a walk. Cabrera made it 9-0 in a nine-run sixth with a three-run homer to left, his 14th of the season.

Everyone in the Blue Jays’ lineup except Reyes scored in the sixth, and Munenori Kawasaki scored twice. Toronto’s 14 runs matched its season-high against Cincinnati on June 20.

Ryan Goins had four hits and four RBIs for Toronto.

Dickey (9-10) had a season-high 10 strikeouts, allowed a run and walked one as he won for the third time in 10 starts. But against the Red Sox he’s 3-0 with 21 strikeouts and two walks this season.

Clay Buchholz (5-7) left the game after allowing the first three batters to reach in the sixth with one run scoring on a double by Goins.

Goins had given the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead with a two-run double in the fourth.

Dickey retired the first six batters and struck out at least one in each of his seven innings. He allowed a double in the third to Stephen Drew, an infield single in the fifth to Shane Victorino and an RBI single in the sixth by David Ortiz that made it 13-1.

NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THAT POSE

Ortiz took a big swing and miss against Dickey’s knuckleball in the first, holding his swing in the air in a statuesque pose for a few seconds. It came one day after the Tampa Bay Rays’ Chris Archer complained that Big Papi flipped his bat after a homer.

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