TORONTO (AP) — Bill Hall hit two home runs, Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew also connected and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto once again, routing the Blue Jays 10-1 Wednesday night.
Hall, who drove in four runs, and Mike Lowell each had three hits as the Red Sox improved to 9-2 against Toronto this season.
The Red Sox have hit 153 home runs this season, second in the majors to Toronto’s 178.
Clay Buchholz (13-5) won his third straight decision, allowing one unearned run and five hits in eight innings and lowering his ERA to 2.49.
Hall led off the second with a home run, then added a two-run shot, his 15th of the season, in the fourth. It was the fourth multihomer game of his career.
Drew hit a solo homer in Boston’s five-run fifth, his 14th. Beltre capped the inning with a three-run drive, his 21st.
Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum (10-6) allowed a season-high eight runs and seven hits in four-plus innings, including a career-high four home runs.
Marcum came in having allowed just 18 earned runs over 55 2-3 innings in 13 prior appearances against the Red Sox, but was shaky from the start. He walked three and hit a batter in a 36-pitch first inning. Lowell drew a bases-loaded walk as the Red Sox took the early lead.
Jose Bautista had a sacrifice fly in the bottom half, but that was all the Blue Jays would get against Buchholz.
Hall put Boston ahead with his homer in the second, and widened the gap with his two-run shot in the fourth.
The Red Sox broke it open in the fifth. Drew led off with a homer and Victor Martinez and David Ortiz both singled before Beltre chased Marcum with his drive.
Brian Tallet came on and gave up a double to Lowell, who scored on Hall’s single.
NOTES: Bautista threw out Martinez after an RBI single in the eighth. It was Bautista’s major league-best 10th outfield assist. … The Red Sox have won 10 of their last 11 in Toronto. … Boston recalled C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Pawtucket and placed C Kevin Cash (left hamstring) on the 15-day DL. Saltalamacchia came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth. … OF Vernon Wells (right foot) and SS Yunel Escobar returned to Toronto’s lineup after sitting out Tuesday. … Marcum allowed a career-high nine runs on Aug. 19, 2006, at Baltimore.