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Blue Jays cool off Red Sox

The Sports Xchange

July 22. 2014 10:49PM
From left, Boston pitcher Felix Doubront, pitching coach Juan Nieves, and catcher David Ross talk during the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO — Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro homered in the sixth inning and J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings on Tuesday as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-3.

The Blue Jays (52-49) snapped a five-game winning streak by the Red Sox (47-53) by taking the second game of the four-game series after losing the opener 14-1 on Monday.

Happ (8-5) held the Red Sox to seven hits, one walk and no runs while striking out four in six innings.

Right-hander Dustin McGowan replaced the Blue Jays left-hander for the seventh inning and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing the 23rd homer of the season by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz in the eighth.

After left-hander Aaron Loup completed the eighth, right-hander Casey Janssen allowed a two-run homer to Stephen Drew in the ninth. It was the Boston shortstop’s fourth homer of the season.

After Drew’s homer, Janssen gave up a single to catcher David Ross and a walk to center fielder Brock Holt. Left-hander Brett Cecil replace Janssen with two outs and retired Ortiz for his fourth save.

Jake Peavy (1-9), who was trying for his first win since he defeated the Blue Jays on April 25, allowed eight hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven.

Happ took a 1-0 lead into the sixth and gave up singles to the first two batters: first baseman Mike Napoli and left fielder Jonny Gomes. The next hitter, right fielder Shane Victorino, hit into a double play on a grounder to shortstop, and Napoli advanced to third. Drew struck out to end the threat.

The Blue Jays used a pair of homers to score three runs in the home sixth and take a 4-0 lead. Reyes, the Blue Jays shortstop, led off with his eighth homer of the season. Left fielder Melky Cabrera followed with a double and took third on right fielder Jose Bautista’s fly out to right. Navarro, the Toronto catcher, hit his seventh homer of the season.

The Blue Jays added a run in the seventh. Center fielder Anthony Gose bunted for a single with one out, and Reyes beat out an infield single. Right-hander Burke Badenhop replaced Peavy. Gose and Reyes executed a double steal. Cabrera singled sharply on a ball that deflected off Badenhop to third baseman Xander Bogaerts as Gose scored.

The Blue Jays added two runs in the eighth against left-hander Felix Doubront on an RBI single by second baseman Ryan Goins, just promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, and a double by Reyes.

The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the third on a hard, two-out single by Cabrera that bounced off Peavy to the first base line. Peavy threw wildly to first, and Gose scored. Cabrera was thrown out trying to reach second. Gose began the play at second after a walk and a stolen base.

The Red Sox loaded the bases in the fourth after Ortiz doubled with one out, Gomes was hit by a pitch with two outs and Victorino singled. Drew hit a fly to left for the third out.

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NOTES: LHP Brad Mills was designated for assignment, and C Erik Kratz and OF Darin Mastroianni were optioned to Buffalo. ... The Red Sox won all five games in which rookie C Christian Vazquez started behind the plate. He is the first Red Sox catcher to do that and the first American League catcher to accomplish the feat since Brewers C Bill Schroeder won his first six starts in 1983. ... C David Ross started behind the plate for Boston on Tuesday. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (5-5, 5.46 ERA) will start the third game of the four-game series against RHP R.A. Dickey (7-10, 3.95 ERA) tonight.

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