- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

TORONTO (AP) - R.A. Dickey was feeling down after spoiling the Blue Jays’ opportunity at a sweep.

Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer, Pablo Sandoval added a two-run shot and the Boston Red Sox beat Dickey and the Blue Jays 6-3 on Sunday, Toronto’s first loss in four games.

Napoli’s blast was the big blow in Boston’s four-run first inning, leaving Dickey deflated.

“I was very sad that I squashed the momentum we generated,” Dickey said. “The four-run first really hurts. It’s hard to put your team in a hole like that and expect good results.”

Dickey (1-4) lost for the third time in four starts, allowing six runs in six innings. And for the third time in four starts, he failed to strike out a batter.

“I’m frustrated,” Dickey said. “I’m tired of saying I’m one poor pitch away from a good outing every outing.”

Dickey has allowed at least two home runs in three of his past five outings.

“The two home runs got him, there’s no doubt about it,” manager John Gibbons said of Dickey. “Other than that I thought he was pretty good.”

Clay Buchholz (2-4) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings for his first victory in six starts. The last-place Red Sox won for just the second time in nine games.

Buchholz is 9-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 14 starts in Toronto. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out three.

Junichi Tazawa pitched 1 2-3 innings and Koji Uehara finished for his sixth save.

“The way we played today is the way we know we can play,” Napoli said. “That’s the way we should play. That’s the way we expect to play.”

Carl Willis joined the Red Sox for his first game as their new pitching coach. He replaced Juan Nieves, who was fired Thursday.

Mookie Betts led off the game with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout. Later in the inning, Napoli connected on Dickey’s knuckleball for his third home run of the season.

Sandoval hit a two-out homer in the fifth, his third.

Toronto’s Chris Colabello had an RBI single in the fourth.

Josh Donaldson doubled home a run in the fifth and Devon Travis made it 6-3 with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Buchholz rolled his left ankle on the final play of the fourth inning and bent over briefly before walking gingerly off the field. He was examined while warming up before the fifth and was able to continue.

“He didn’t show any favoring of anything through his delivery so we stayed with him,” manager John Farrell said.


Toronto traded minor league LHP Jayson Aquino to Pittsburgh for cash considerations. Aquino had been designated for assignment on May 5.


Blue Jays RHP Ryan Tepera made his major league debut by pitching two perfect innings. The first five batters he faced were Pedroia, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Sandoval and Napoli. “I’m kind of at a loss for words,” Tepera said. “It was unbelievable.”


Red Sox: Shane Victorino (right hamstring) is expected to come off the 15-day DL before the Red Sox play at Oakland on Monday.

Blue Jays: OF Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day DL with left knee inflammation. He had knee surgery in spring training to repair a torn meniscus. He returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the previous four games.


Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-2, 4.38) faces LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.75) as Boston begins a three-game series at Oakland on Monday. Pitching for Detroit, Porcello threw a four-hit shutout in his most recent start against the Athletics last July 1.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.93) makes his second start of the season as Toronto opens a three-game series at Baltimore on Monday. Starting in place of the demoted Daniel Norris, Estrada allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings against the Yankees last week. He’ll face Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 2.36).

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