TORONTO — Jose Bautista had two RBIs with a homer and a double and R.A. Dickey pitched six innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox, 6-4, on Wednesday night.
Dickey (8-10), a right-handed knuckleballer, allowed nine hits and four runs, including three in the first inning on the fourth home run in three games by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.
Bautista, who played first base, doubled in a run in the bottom of the first inning and hit his 18th homer of the season in the seventh as the Blue Jays (53-49) beat the Red Sox (47-54) for the second game in a row.
Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz (5-6) allowed six hits, four walks and five runs (four earned) in six innings.
Right-hander Aaron Sanchez, a 22-year-old who is rated as the top prospect in the Toronto organization, pitched two clean innings, the seventh and eighth, in his major league debut. He struck out two batters on called third strikes with curveballs. Sanchez started the season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before being promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. He was called up to the majors Tuesday.
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
The Blue Jays took a 5-4 lead with two runs in the sixth inning, one of them unearned.
Josh Thole took his second walk of the game with one out and scored on the first career major league triple by Ryan Goins.
A throwing error by the Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts on a chopper by Jose Reyes allowed Goins to score.
Bautista homered on the first pitch of the seventh inning by Red Sox left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.
Each team scored three runs in the first inning. Ortiz hit his 24th homer of the season after Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia singled.
The Blue Jays tied it on four hits and a walk in the bottom half of the inning. Reyes led off with a single and Melky Cabrera walked.
Bautista stroked an RBI double to left. Cabrera was out at home on Dioner Navarro’s grounder to third. Bautista slid home with the second run on a groundout to first by Colby Rasmus.
Munenori Kawasaki smashed a one-bouncer that deflected off Buchholz’s glove and hit the side of his face for an infield single. After a couple of warm-up pitches, Buchholz allowed an RBI, ground-rule double by Thole that scored Navarro.
The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on successive two-out doubles by Daniel Nava and Bogaerts.
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Notes: Red Sox INF/OF Brock Holt did not start Wednesday for the first time since his May 17 recall. ... Boston RHP Jake Peavy, who fell to 1-9 after taking the loss in Toronto’s 7-3 win Tuesday, has received an average of 2.76 runs per game in support in his 20 starts this season, the lowest run support of any qualifying starter in the American League. ... Bautista started at first base Wednesday for the seventh time this season. ... Toronto RHP Sergio Santos, who was designated for assignment Monday, cleared waivers. He will be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. ... Boston RHP Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 2.64 ERA) will start the finale of the four-game series this afternoon against Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (5-2, 3.58).