Jays' home run parade beats Red Sox, 12-4

Jays' home run parade beats Red Sox, 12-4
May 12, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox struggles continued in their homestand final Sunday afternoon, as they were pummeled by the Blue Jays, 12-4.
 
The Sox are 2-8 in their last 10 games.
 
Right-hander Ryan Dempster took the loss, falling to 2-4 while his ERA climbed from 2.93 to 3.75. He went five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. He gave up three home runs, matching a career high for the 11th time. He entered the game having given up six home runs in his previous seven starts spanning 43 innings.
 
Meanwhile, Sox batters could do little against Jays starter Chad Jenkins, who was making his big-league season debut. Jenkins, who began the season on the disabled list, had made just one appearance before Sunday, going five innings on May 6 for Double-A New Hampshire.
 
Jenkins earned the win Sunday, going five innings (plus two batters in the sixth), giving up two runs on seven hits and a walks with two strikeouts and a home run. 
 
Mike Napoli’s seventh home run of the season, leading off the fourth with a shot to straightway center field, put the Sox on the board.
 
They added a run in the sixth when Dustin Pedroia singled and Napoli doubled to open the inning, ending Jenkins’ outing. Left-hander Aaron Loup entered, giving up a sacrifice fly to Daniel Nava, for the 10-2 difference.
 
Pedro Ciriaco entered the game in the seventh to play first base, his first professional appearance in either the minors or majors at the position. He led off the eighth with his first home run of the season on the first pitch from right-hander Esmil Rogers.
 
After loading the bases with a single to Napoli, a walk to Nava, and hitting Jonny Gomes with a pitch, Rogers was done. Brett Cecil replaced him and got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to hit into a fielder’s choice, with Napoli scoring. Will Middlebrooks ended the inning with a ground out.
 
Sox batters continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-9, leaving seven runners on base.
 
The Blue Jays put runs on the scoreboard in each of the second through sixth innings, adding a pair in the ninth.
 
Andrew Miller replaced Dempster in the sixth, and was greeted by Brett Lawrie’s lead-off home run, before a one-out single by Emilio Bonifacio and a walk to No. 9 hitter Munenori Kawasaki. That ended Miller’s outing with Clayton Mortensen coming in. Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly scored Lawrie and Jose Bautista’s second home run of the game scored two runs.
 
Jose De La Torre made his major league debut in the ninth for the Sox. He faced five batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.
 
Sox pitchers -- Dempster, Miller, and Mortensen -- combined to allow five home runs, two more than their previous season high in  a game.
 
STAR OF THE GAME: Chad Jenkins
Jenkins made his big league season debut on Sunday. Jenkins, who began the season on the disabled list, had made just one appearance before Sunday, going five innings on May 6 for Double-A New Hampshire.
 
Jenkins earned the win Sunday, going five innings, matching a career high, (plus two batters in the sixth), giving up two runs on seven hits and a walks with two strikeouts and a home run.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Jose Bautista
Bautista went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBI, and two home runs. He now has 14 career home runs at Fenway Park. He is third among active players, trailing on Alex Rodriguez with 23 and Jason Giambi with 18, in home runs at Fenway as visitors.
 
It was his 18th multi-home run game overall and first since June 19, 2012, at Milwaukee.  But it was just his first multi-home run game at Fenway.
 
THE GOAT: Ryan Dempster
Dempster took the loss, falling to 2-4 while his ERA climbed from 2.93 to 3.75. He went five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. He gave up three home runs, matching a career high for the 12th time, most recently on May 30, 2012, while with the Cubs against the Padres.
 
Dempster entered the game having given up six home runs in his previous seven starts spanning 43 innings. The three home runs were the most allowed by a Sox pitcher this season. It was the first time he had given up more than one home run in a game this season.
 
He received just one run of support and is now averaging a team-low 3.19 runs of support per nine innings this season.
 

THE TURNING POINT
The Sox had runners on base in every inning but the seventh. With the Blue Jays leading, 3-0, in the third, the Sox had perhaps their best chance to keep the game close with one out and runners on first and second. But Dustin Pedroia grounded into an inning-ending double play. After that, the Jays continued to extend their lead.
 
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-for-8
The Sox were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game, leaving eight runners on base.  In all, they were 3-for-36 (.083) with runners in scoring position in the three-game series against the Jays, leaving 25 runners on. In the last 10 games, they are 2-8, going 13-for-79, batting .165 with runners in scoring position, stranding 73 runners.
                    
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“As much as we cashed in in the month of April, maybe cliché, but things are evening out.” - manager John Farrell
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