Red Sox get to Buehrle early, blow out Blue Jays 8-1

Global News

TORONTO – It’s been a bad three-game stretch for the Blue Jays and the numbers tell a bleak story: three straight home losses, 29 runs given up on 42 hits and 13 walks.

Toronto (11-12) gave up leads in 10-8 and 11-4 losses to the Baltimore Orioles this week. It was never close Friday as the Boston Red Sox got to Mark Buehrle early en route to an 8-1 win.

“Tomorrow comes quickly and early,” Jays manager John Gibbons said hopefully, “So we need to get back out and play some good baseball.”

It’s sorely needed. Toronto’s pitching staff has a combined earned-run average of 4.70 with 99 walks. And the Jays are hitting .247.

Boston slugger David Ortiz hit his 50th career homer against the Jays and right-hander Jake Peavey scattered five hits over seven innings in a tidy outing to earn his first win after four non-decisions. A…

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