Red Sox fend off Blue Jays in series opener at Fenway
Encarnacion hits pair of home runs for Toronto, but Dickey chased early
Rick Porcello was able to keep Toronto's high-powered offence off the bases. David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had some fun running them.
Porcello pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and Travis Shaw hit a two-run double to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Ortiz added a run-scoring double for Boston, moving him one RBI behind Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1,652) for 26th all time. Big Papi also stole a base, joining Ted Williams, Cy Young and Rickey Henderson as the only four Red Sox players with a steal at 40-years-old.
"Everybody wants to remind me of that every day," Ortiz said of his age.
It was a light moment in Boston's third straight win.
"I think everybody in the ballpark shared that," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of the fun watching Ortiz's steal.
Shaw's double came after Ramirez had an adventurous at-bat.
Ramirez fouled a ball off his left foot and sat down in the batter's box before limping around a bit. He then reached on a passed ball when he struck out as the bat went flying past Toronto's dugout. He raced home from first on Shaw's hit, sliding in safely.
"The hustle out of the box by Hanley on the strikeout sets us up to score three runs," Farrell said.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his first two homers of the season, drove in all three Toronto runs and had all of three of the Blue Jays' hits. Last season, he hit 39 homers for the AL East champs.
"That's what we can do if we get a few more guys heated up," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Porcello (2-0) gave up three runs and two hits, striking out eight and walking one. He also hit two batters in beating Toronto for the second time in a week.
Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his third save. He allowed two runners to reach before fanning Justin Smoak.
R. A. Dickey (1-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"I'm not disappointed in my knuckleball. I'm disappointed in the result, obviously," he said. "My knuckleball has been pretty good. It's moving late, I'm keeping the ball in the ballpark."
Coming off consecutive wins over the Yankees, the Blue Jays were held to one hit until Encarnacion's two-run shot in the seventh.
The Red Sox jumped ahead 3-0 in the first against knuckleballer Dickey. Ortiz made it 1-0 with his double halfway up the centre-field wall. Shaw's hit capped the big first.
Encarnacion's first homer went into the last row of Green Monster seats in the second. His second just cleared the Monster in the seventh.
Mookie Betts' RBI single made it 4-1. Dustin Pedroia also had an RBI single.