Joey Bats And Blue Jays' Bats Lead The Way In 11-8 Victory Over Red Sox
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Normally when your hitters spot you a four-run lead early in the game, you can find solace in the fact that your pitching staff will be capable of preserving that advantage. 

However, with this current Red Sox pitching staff, nothing is a guarantee. 

After the Red Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, No. 1 starter Clay Buchholz (1-3) relinquished it almost immediately, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work. 

Third baseman Josh Donaldson led the Blue Jays' attack, going 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, while Devon Travis, Jose Bautista, and Kevin Pillar all mustered two hits against the Sox staff. 

The damage begun in the top of the third inning, as a Pillar walk and a Ryan Goins single set up an onslaught of offense. Travis promptly singled home Pillar, Donaldson singled home Goins, Bautista hit a sacrifice fly to score Travis, Edwin Encarnacion singled to plate Goins, Michael Saunders singled to plat Encarnacion, and, before you knew it, Buchholz was gone having provided Toronto with a 5-4 lead. 

he Blue Jays' advantage grew in the fourth, as with reliever Edward Mujica pitching, Toronto mustered three more runs, all with two outs in the inning. After Goins grounded into a double play, both Travis and Donaldson walked, setting up an RBI single by Bautista. Then, Mujica balked, plating Donaldson and moving Bautista to second, allowing No. 19 to score on a subsequent single by Encarnacion, increasing the lead to 8-4. </p>  <p>The Red Sox lessened the deficit to 8-5 in the bottom half of the inning after a David Ortiz sacrifice fly plated Mookie Betts, who had doubled to lead off the stanza, a Goins RBI triple in the top of the fifth off of Anthony Varvaro increased the gap once again. </p>  <p>Boston loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the fifth against starter Drew Hutchison (4 innings, 9 hits, 6 earned runs), however winning reliever Marco Estrada was able to preserve the lead, allowing only one of the runs to score on a Betts sacrifice fly, retiring Xander Bogaerts, Ryan Hanigan, and Dustin Pedroia. </p>  <p>Toronto added to their lead once again in the top of the eighth, as, facing lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow, Bautista lead off the inning with a blast over the Green Monster in left field. The Red Sox were able to capture two runs in the bottom of the stanza after Hanley Ramirez laced one into the right field bleachers to plate both him and Ortiz (the 200th homer of his career), however a Donaldson solo home run to center in the top of the ninth essentially clinched the victory for the Jays. Closer Brett Cecil closed it out in the bottom of the final inning, with Betts grounding to second to end the game. </p>  <p>The win improves Toronto's record to 10-11 while dropping Boston's mark to 11-10. The two square off yet again tomorrow evening at 6:10 PM ET, with R.A. Dickey (0-2, 5.25 ERA) facing off against Rick Porcello (1-2, 6.48 ERA) of the Red Sox. </p> </section><div class=