BOSTON — The Red Sox scored four runs in the second inning on their way to a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon. Jackie Bradley provided the big blow, belting a three-run homer.
Left-hander Felix Doubront improved to 11-6 as earned the win for Boston. He went seven innings, giving up two run on four hits, including a home run. He issued two walks and recorded two strikeouts and a wild pitch.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey took the loss, falling to 13-13. He went eight innings giving up five runs on six hits and walk with 11 strikeouts.
Toronto scored first, getting a run in the second when Mark DeRosa walked with one out, followed by singles from Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar.
With one out in the second, Daniel Nava singled, before Will Middlebrooks flied out. After singles by Stephen Drew and Ryan Lavarnway, scoring Nava, Bradley’s home run gave the Red Sox a three-run lead.
Pillar, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, led off the fifth with his second home run of the season, cutting Toronto’s deficit to 4-2.
But David Ortiz, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, led off the sixth with his 29th home run of the season, putting Boston ahead, 5-2.
Koji Uehara earned his 21st save of the season with a perfect ninth.
NOTES: Manager John Farrell is hopeful CF Jacoby Ellsbury can return to the lineup Wednesday at Colorado. Ellsbury has been sidelined since Sept. 6. He fractured the navicular bone in his right foot fouling off a pitch on Aug. 28. … Doubront, who started Sunday, is expected to move into the bullpen for the postseason. He won’t be available until the final series of the season in Baltimore Sept. 27-29, though. … 1B Mike Napoli was not in the starting lineup for the second straight day on Sunday. With an off-day Monday, manager John Farrell was looking to get some rest for Napoli, who dealt with plantar fasciitis in August. … Blue Jays right-hander Ramon Ortiz has resumed throwing at the team’s complex in Dunedin, Fla. He suffered an elbow injury on June 2. He was expected to need Tommy John surgery but has avoided the surgery. He is now throwing from a mound. Ortiz, who turned 40 in May, will be a free agent after the season.