Pedroia, Middlebrooks lift Sox over Jays
Designated hitter David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox (11-13) who handed the Blue Jays (11-12) their third straight loss. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the Red Sox’s 16-hit attack.
The Sox struck for four runs in the second inning keyed by Pedroia’s two-run single. They added one in the third, two in the sixth and one in the ninth.
The Red Sox scored four runs in the second inning. The inning started with a walk to Mike Napoli, who took third on a double by Xander Bogaerts and scored on A.J. Pierzynski’s fly to center. Middlebrooks hit an RBI single and took third on a double by Bradley. Pedroia singled in two runs and was out trying for a double.
NOTES: Boston 3B Middlebrooks (right calf strain) was activated from the disabled list for Friday’s game. INF Brock Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Thursday night’s game. ... Toronto RHP Casey Janssen (left abdominal/lower back strain) hopes to throw a bullpen session today or Sunday and would need to throw another session before going on a rehabilitation assignment. ... Toronto DH Adam Lind (back) is swinging a bat but not yet running. ... The three-game series in Toronto will be Boston’s only road games in a stretch of 20 dates from April 18 to May 7. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (0-2, 7.71 ERA) will start today against Toronto RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.03 ERA).