BOSTON (AP) — Jose Bautista singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays deepened the misery of the struggling Boston Red Sox with a 7-6 win on Friday night.
The Red Sox dropped to 2-10, matching their poorest start in history and making the worst record in baseball even worse. They did hit two homers after managing just seven in their first 11 games, but finished with only five hits.
Brett Cecil (1-1) gave up those homers to Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis in the third when Boston went ahead 3-0. Toronto tied it on Corey Patterson’s two-run double in the fifth and Travis Snider’s RBI double in the sixth.
Bobby Jenks (0-1) started the seventh for Boston and allowed all four runs, making it 7-3..
The Red Sox scored three in the eighth on an RBI single by Jed Lowrie and a two-run double by Marco Scutaro, but Jon Rauch pitched the ninth for his third save.
The Blue Jays improved to 7-6, coming from behind in five of those wins.
They nearly took a 1-0 lead in the first when Adam Lind’s drive down the right field line was ruled a two-run homer by first base umpire Paul Nauert. Boston manager Terry Francona disputed the call. The umpires reviewed it and ruled the ball foul. Lind then grounded out. It was the ninth replay review ever at Fenway Park and sixth that was overturned.
The Red Sox went ahead against Cecil when Pedroia hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot. Adrian Gonzalez then walked and Youkilis followed with his first homer. David Ortiz then walked, but Cecil retired his remaining 11 batters before being replaced by Jason Frasor to start the seventh.
The Blue Jays began chipping away in the fifth when Clay Buchholz walked Juan Rivera and Jayson Nix and both scored on Patterson’s double. In the sixth, they tied the score at 3 when Snider doubled home Lind, who had walked.
In the seventh, Jenks retired just one of the five batters he faced.
Nix led off with a walk and took third on a single by Yunel Escobar before Patterson struck out. Bautista then singled Nix home, putting Toronto on top 4-3, and Escobar took second. Lind singled in Escobar, and with Aaron Hill at bat, Bautista and Lind pulled off a double steal. Then Bautista scored and Lind took third on a wild pitch.
Hill followed with an RBI single, chasing Jenks, and Felix Doubront ended the inning by retiring the next two batters.
Notes: The Red Sox also were 2-10 in 1925, 1927 and 1996. … Before the game, Gonzalez signed a $154 million, seven-year contract running from 2012 to 2018. He already was signed for $6.3 million for this year. … Escobar has reached base in all 10 games he’s played. … Patterson has six RBIs in four games since coming off the disabled list. … Toronto placed IF Edwin Encarnacion on the bereavement list and recalled IF Mike McCoy and LHP Luis Perez from Triple-A Las Vegas.