Recap: Toronto vs. Boston

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Smoak homered twice among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays celebrated Canada Day with an 11-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

 

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista each hit two-run shots and Jose Reyes provided four hits and four runs scored for the Blue Jays, who dropped the opening two of this four-game set.

 

Mark Buehrle (9-4) surrendered just one run on four hits with seven strikeouts over seven strong frames in the win.

 

Rick Porcello (4-9) was rocked for seven runs and seven hits in just two innings for the Red Sox, who entered with a three-game winning streak.

 

The Blue Jays wasted no time getting on the board. Reyes and Donaldson each singled to start the first, advanced on a wild pitch and trotted home on Encarnacion's blast to left. After Russell Martin was hit by a pitch, Smoak stroked a changeup to right-center for a a two-run homer and a 5-0 Toronto lead.

 

Bautista added to the Blue Jays' lead with a two-run shot to left in the second and Smoak drove a solo homer to left center off Robbie Ross Jr. in the third for an 8-0 score.

 

Alejandro De Aza legged out a one-out triple in the fifth for Boston, but was left stranded after Buehrle struck out Deven Marrero and got Sandy Leon to ground out.

 

Bautista's sacrifice fly increased Toronto's advantage to 9-0 in the sixth, while Hanley Ramirez came home on Pablo Sandoval's groundout to score a run for the Red Sox in the seventh.

 

Aaron Loup took the mound for Toronto and gave up a solo home run to Mookie Betts with two outs in the eighth, but Donaldson responded in the home half by clobbering a fastball to center for a two-run blast.

 

The Blue Jays outhit the Red Sox by a 16-6 margin ... De Aza and Ramirez have extended their hitting streaks to seven and six games, respectively ... Boston went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

 

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