- Associated Press - Monday, September 7, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz smacked an RBI double high off the Green Monster to cap a two-run third inning, teasing a Fenway Park crowd that wanted to see the slugger move one shot closer to No. 500.

Though his drive didn’t clear the wall, he helped the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 rout of the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

The 39-year-old slugger said he’s enjoying his chase to becoming the 27th player with 500 homers. He’s currently at 497.

“Baseball is fun for me,” he said after the game. “There’s no pressure for me. Ever.”

Jackie Bradley Jr. had four hits with a two-run home run and four RBIs, Rick Porcello pitched into the eighth inning and the Red Sox won their fourth straight.



Bradley homered into the first row of Monster seats in a three-run sixth.

The 25-year-old outfielder, who shuttled between Triple-A Pawtucket and the majors this season, continued his torrid pace. Since Aug. 9, he’s hitting .446 with 24 extra-base hits in 25 games.

“I think that there is a general overall confidence that he is showing right now,” Lovullo said. “And he can walk up to the plate and hit at any count and any pitch at any part of the at-bat, and that is from a lot of hard work behind the scenes that he has put in.”

The Blue Jays lost for just the fourth time in 16 games and saw their lead atop the East sliced to a half game over the New York Yankees, who beat Baltimore 8-6 on Monday.

Bradley added two singles and a double, and Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer for Boston, which won for the eighth time in 11 games.

“We’re a very quick-striking offense. We are capitalizing in key situations,” Boston’s interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’re not giving away at-bats and it’s going hand-in-hand with our pitching. There’s no mystery to it. We are getting outstanding starting pitching.”

Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each hit solo homers for Toronto. Donaldson’s was his 37th.

Porcello (7-12) had his third consecutive strong start since coming off the disabled list following a right triceps strain. He allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings.

Working on seven days’ rest after complaining of fatigue, Mark Buerhle (14-7) gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Toronto leads the majors with 191 homers and 750 runs.

The Red Sox broke in front 5-1 by scoring twice in both the third and fourth.

Xander Bogaerts’ run-scoring grounder pushed Boston in front 2-1 before Ortiz’s RBI double.

Bradley and Mookie Betts had consecutive RBI singles, making it 5-1.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman, who tore a ligament in his left knee during spring training, made his second rehab start Monday, giving up four runs on eight hits over three innings for Triple-A Buffalo.

Red Sox: Ortiz was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with a tight right calf, but he did appear to be limping after his second double. … 3B Pablo Sandoval also returned after missing three games with tightness in his back.

CALL UPS

The Red Sox called up LHP Rich Hill and RHP Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket after the game.

PITCH TO HIM

Blue Jays reliever Jeff Francis was booed when he walked Ortiz in the eighth.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (10-10) looks to keep his hot streak going on Tuesday night. He’s 7-0 in his last nine starts.

Red Sox: Rookie LHP Henry Owens (2-2) hopes to bounce back from a rough outing. The 23-year-old, taped to a pole in the dugout in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia, was tagged for seven runs in just 1 2-3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

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