Boston’s Clay Buchholz turned in another brilliant start and Mike Napoli hit two home runs as the Red Sox crushed the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday night.
Stephen Drew, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp also homered for the Red Sox, who lead the major leagues with a 19-8 record. Buchholz (6-0) allowed just two singles over seven shutout innings, lowering his earned-run average to 1.01.
The right-hander walked three and had eight strikeouts, throwing 66 of his 101 pitches for strikes. Buchholz leads the major leagues with six victories on the season.
Napoli put the game away with his second home run of the game. He hit a three-run shot in Boston’s four-run seventh inning and the rout was on at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays, last in the American League East at 10-18, scored their lone run in the eighth when Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., tripled to score Maicer Izturis.
Boston got to Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (1-2) in the second inning. Will Middlebrooks reached after being hit by a pitch and Stephen Drew followed with his first homer of the season.
Drew pulled a 1-0 fastball into the second deck just inside the right-field foul pole.
Buchholz, meanwhile, breezed through the first few innings. Munenori Kawasaki had the first Toronto hit with a one-out single in the third but was left stranded when Lawrie and Colby Rasmus struck out.
The Red Sox used the long ball again in the fourth inning.
Napoli crushed a no-doubt blast to deep centre field for his fifth homer of the season. Daniel Nava followed with a solo shot of his own, also his fifth homer on the year, to make it a four-run game.
The Red Sox loaded the bases in the sixth but Buehrle got out of the jam with a double play.
The veteran left-hander was pulled with two outs in the seventh after issuing a walk to Jonny Gomes. Buehrle gave up five earned runs, seven hits, three walks and had one strikeout.
Reliever Esmil Rogers came on and gave up a single to Dustin Pedroia to put runners on the corners. Rogers then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Gomes to score Boston’s fifth run.
Pedroia advanced to second and Ortiz was intentionally walked. Napoli then swatted a monster blast into the third deck in left-centre field to make it 8-0.
The Blue Jays threatened in the bottom half of the frame. Adam Lind drew a one-out walk and moved to third when Melky Cabrera singled to right field.
Cabrera tried to stretch it into a double but Nava threw a strike to second base to get him by a few feet. J.P. Arencibia struck out to end the threat.
Izturis singled off reliever Alex Wilson in the eighth inning for Toronto’s third hit of the game. Wilson was pulled after walking Jose Bautista.
Clayton Mortensen came on in relief and got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out.
Carp hit a solo shot off reliever Justin Germano in the ninth inning. Napoli added a ground-rule double and scored on a Nava single.
Boston outhit Toronto 15-4. The game took two hours 52 minutes to play and announced attendance was 21,094.