TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz homered, Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Friday night.
Will Middlebrooks returned from the disabled list with two hits and two RBIs as Boston bounced back from an error-filled loss to the Yankees on Thursday. The Red Sox held a pregame meeting after making five errors in their 14-5 home defeat against New York.
“No one is proud of the way things unfolded (Thursday) night,” manager John Farrell said. “That was an ugly game.”
The Red Sox set season highs with 16 hits and eight extra-base hits as they roughed up left-hander Mark Buehrle (4-1), who was trying to become the first Blue Jays pitcher to start a season with five straight wins.