- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Jose Bautista had a big day at the plate and a bad day in the outfield.

Bautista hit a pair of two-run home runs but made a costly misplay that led to three Red Sox runs as Boston beat the Blue Jays 8-4 Saturday.

Toronto lost its fourth straight, its longest skid since a five-game losing streak from May 13-17, 2015.

“We’re not going to dwell on it too much,” Bautista said.

Hanley Ramirez tripled home the tiebreaking run in the fifth on a ball that skipped over Bautista’s head and was ruled a triple.

“I wasn’t expecting it to bounce that high,” Bautista said. “It’s unacceptable. It shouldn’t happen.”

Ramirez later scored on a passed ball.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with a couple of plays,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits and two RBIs and Rick Porcello pitched six innings to win his season debut.

Boston has scored at least six runs and finished with at least 10 hits in all four games this season, the third time in team history they’ve done so - along with 1950 and 1985.

“Our offense has been doing a fantastic job,” Porcello said. “With the lineup that we have and the things they’re doing right now, our job (as starting pitchers) is to keep us in the game and pitch as deep as possible. That’s it.”

Porcello (1-0) came in 4-7 with a 5.29 ERA in 12 career games against Toronto and overcame Bautista’s twin blasts to earn the victory. He allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

“He did bend but he didn’t break,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Koji Uehara worked the seventh and Robbie Ross Jr. handled the final two innings.

R.A. Dickey (1-1) allowed seven runs, six earned, and eight hits in five innings. He had a wild pitch and catcher Josh Thole was charged with two passed balls.

Dickey struck out three batters in the fourth but Thole couldn’t handle any of the three third strikes. Brock Holt reached and later scored on a sacrifice fly.

“Believe it or not, that may be the best knuckleball I’ve ever seen him have,” Gibbons said. “It was everywhere.”

Farrell agreed, saying Dickey’s dancing pitch was “probably the best I’ve ever seen it.”

Bautista homered in the first to put the Blue Jays on top but Boston answered with three in the third. Pedroia drove in a run with a grounder before Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw each hit RBI doubles.

Bautista connected again in the bottom half, making to 4-3, but the Red Sox tied it in the fourth on Blake Swihart’s sacrifice fly.

It was the 29th multihomer game of Bautista’s career.


Blue Jays pitchers allowed seven or more earned runs in consecutive games for the first time since April 11 and 12, 2015, against Baltimore.


Pablo Sandoval’s belt came undone as he swung and missed a pitch from Dickey in the second. Sandoval took off the belt and tossed it to on deck hitter Holt. After striking out, Sandoval was caught on camera putting the belt back on in the Red Sox dugout.


Red Sox: Sandoval made his first start of the season at third base and Rusney Castillo made his first start in center field. David Ortiz got the day off. Farrell said Chris Young will make his first start of the season Sunday. … C Christian Vasquez (right elbow surgery) went 1 for 2 with a double and two walks in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Friday. Vasquez is scheduled to catch the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Blue Jays: Donaldson (right calf) started at DH for the second straight day and likely won’t return to third base until Tuesday’s game against the Yankees, Gibbons said. Toronto is off Monday.


Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright makes his season debut and will face Toronto for the first time in his career.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada will come off the DL after missing the start of the season with a sore back. Estrada was 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in three games - including two starts - against Boston last season.

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