The Associated Press
BOSTON–Kendrys Morales hit a three-run shot in the first inning.
Jose Bautista connected for a solo home run in the third.
Raffy Lopez chased reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello with a two-run homer in the sixth.
“Six of the seven runs he allowed were on those three swings,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the Toronto Blue Jays dumped Boston 10-4 last night, handing Porcello his major league-leading 16th loss.
Steve Pearce had three of Toronto’s 14 hits while J.A. Happ allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings.
Toronto carried a 7-4 lead into the ninth and scored three more times, highlighted by Justin Smoak’s 37th homer and a run-scoring double from Morales.
“It seems like we’ve never had enough runs since I’ve been here. So that was nice,” said Lopez, who was playing in Fenway Park for the first time.
“It’s always nice in any environment to get a home run but this is pretty awesome.”
Boston lost for the fourth time in five games. Its lead in the AL East was trimmed to 2.5 games over the N.Y. Yankees, who beat Baltimore 7-4 yesterday afternoon.
“Our guys are well aware of where we stand,” stressed Farrell, who revealed the team had a meeting four days ago.
He would not elaborate on what was said.
Eduardo Nunez had two hits and three RBIs for Boston.
Less than a year after he was named the AL’s top pitcher, Porcello (9-16) picked up a career-worst 16th loss.
Since starting the season with a 4-14 record, he had won five-of-six decisions–including his previous start last Wednesday, when he held Toronto to one run over 6 2/3 innings.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed in my performance tonight,” Porcello said, noting his teammates had a long night after losing to the Yankees in New York on Sunday night.
“I was probably the only one that was fresh.”
Porcello was charged with seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Happ (7-10) gave up three runs and six hits.
He was charged with an error that led to two runs in the second inning when he threw the ball into centrefield on a would-be fielder’s choice.
Elsewhere in the AL, Tampa Bay dumped Minnesota 11-4, Kansas City edged Detroit 7-6, Cleveland beat Chicago 5-3, L.A. topped Oakland 11-9 (11 innings), and Houston downed Seattle 6-2.
Over in the NL, Cincinnati nipped Milwaukee 5-4, New York beat Philadelphia 11-7, Colorado edged San Francisco 4-3, Pittsburgh routed Chicago 12-0, St. Louis blanked San Diego 2-0, Washington downed Miami 7-2, and Arizona bombed L.A. 13-0.
Texas dumped Atlanta 8-2 in interleague play.