Sox ease Farrell's return to Toronto with 6-4 win

The Red Sox rallied for a run in the top of the 8th inning on an RBI ground out by Mike Napoli to snap a 4-4 tie, and Will Middlebrooks smacked his 1st home run of the year in the top of the 9th to push Boston to a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. For Boston manager John Farrell (pictured) the game marked his return to Toronto where he'd managed for the previous two seasons.

The Red Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning on an RBI single by Jacoby Ellsbury. Then after the Jays tied the game in the bottom of the frame, Pedro Ciriaco brought home the 2nd run of the night with a single. Mike Napoli padded the lead with the 1st Red Sox home run of the season in the top of the 5th inning to give Boston a 4-1 lead.

Boston starting pitcher Felix Doubront lasted 5 innings, charged with 3 Toronto runs on 9 hits; he struck out 6 while issuing no walks. In all, Boston used 5 pitchers. Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless 8th and Joel Hanrahan notched the save, his 2nd of the season.

NOTES - Pedro Ciriaco came into the game in the 4th inning after Jose Iglesias was hit by a pitch. Farrell was booed soundly at just about every opportunity by the Toronto crowd. Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino, and Pedro Ciriaco each had 2 hits, part of a 12-hit Boston attack.

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