- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

TORONTO (AP) - The struggling Boston Red Sox insist things are going to get better.

Still, while they wait for the future to arrive, the present doesn’t look too pretty.

Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello hit solo home runs, Aaron Sanchez pitched a career-high seven innings and Toronto beat Boston 7-0, the 3,000th win in Blue Jays history.

Donaldson connected off the facing of the third deck in the first inning and Colabello added an opposite field shot in the second. Both homers came off Wade Miley (1-4), who lost his third straight start.

The Red Sox went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and are 4 for 52 in such situations this month.

“This will get better when we get back to full strength,” manager John Farrell said. “David (Ortiz) comes back to us tomorrow, Hanley (Ramirez) is close to that, so better days are ahead.”

Ortiz, who lost an appeal earlier Friday, served a one-game suspension for bumping umpire John Tumpane in an April 19 game at Fenway Park. Ramirez hasn’t played since leaving Monday’s game with a sore left shoulder.

The Red Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games. They came in having scored just 15 runs in their previous six, posting a team batting average of .214 in that span.

Things didn’t go much better against the Blue Jays. Dustin Pedroia’s one-out single in the first was their only hit through the first seven innings, and Pedroia was immediately erased on a double play.

“Obviously this lineup is going to hit,” Miley said. “We’re capable of getting ridiculous. Right now it’s a little slow but, like I said, this lineup is going to hit.”

Boston used two walks and a hit batter to load the bases with no outs in the fourth, a situation Farrell called a “golden opportunity.”

The Red Sox didn’t strike gold, however. Sanchez escaped by striking out Blake Swihart looking, then getting Xander Bogaerts to ground into a double play. Those were the first two in a streak of 11 consecutive batters retired by Sanchez.

“The way we’re going right now, offensively, two runs seems like a big gap, to be honest with you,” Farrell said.

Sanchez (3-2) allowed two hits, walked five and struck out three to win for the third time in four starts.

“He was as strong as we’ve seen all year,” manager John Gibbons said.

Sanchez left after giving up a walk and a single to begin the eighth. Aaron Loup came on and retired Pedroia, Pablo Sandoval and Napoli. Steve Delabar finished in the ninth.

Miley allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out a season-high eight.

“It’s always difficult when you go through a stretch like this,” Miley said of Boston’s slump. “It’s on us to get out of it.”

FARRELL FILLS IN

Farrell is temporarily handling the duties of pitching coach following Thursday’s firing of Juan Nieves. Farrell said Boston is “working through some logistics” with its new hire and could announce a replacement as early as Saturday.

ROSTER REVISIONS

With Ortiz out, Boston recalled first baseman Travis Shaw from Triple-A Pawtucket to start at first base, while Mike Napoli started at DH. Shaw was optioned back to Pawtucket following the game and will be replaced by a pitcher Saturday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Ramirez (left shoulder) took swings, hit off the tee and hit in the cage before the game. He’s scheduled to take regular batting practice Saturday. Farrell called it “an encouraging day” for Ramirez and said a DL stint is less likely than before, but acknowledged there’s still no timetable for Ramirez’s return. … OF Shane Victorino (right hamstring) went 0 for 3 and struck out once in his first rehab game at Double-A Portland. He’s scheduled to play for Portland again Saturday and could rejoin the Red Sox for Monday’s game at Oakland.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (1-1, 5.72) is winless in his past four starts but 5-0 in eight career road games against AL opponents. Kelly struck out a career-high 10 in an April 27 start against Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (2-0, 7.47) has allowed six earned runs in each of his past two starts, including an April 28 outing at Boston, but has yet to lose a game this season.


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