Boston did all of its damage against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of each of his previous two starts. That type of dominance was nowhere to be seen against Boston as he walked four in the first inning and allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits over 2 1/3 innings.
Rodriguez was a completely different story for the Red Sox as he kept the Blue Jays off balance for most of the night and allowed just one run. He scattered four hits with a pair of walks en route to his fifth quality start in seven outings. The Blue Jays, who own the top offense in the Major Leagues, are in the midst of a slump, having scored seven runs over the last four games.
Helpful homers: Bradley Jr. and Ortiz built on a two-run Boston lead with leadoff homers in the second and third innings. Bradley went yard for the first time in 248 at-bats to make it 3-0 before Ortiz sent one that Statcast™ estimated to travel 467 feet away from home plate, above the second deck. It was Ortiz's 38th career homer at Rogers Centre.
Eduardo escapes: Rodriguez recovered from a leadoff double by Devon Travis to escape the sixth inning unscathed. Travis' two-bagger turned over the Blue Jays' lineup. The left-hander sandwiched a Josh Donaldson strikeout between groundouts to Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista to end the inning with a three-run lead intact.
"The biggest thing tonight, compared to the first time he pitched against the Blue Jays, was the addition of the third pitch the second time through the order," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. More >
Reyes makes it close: Reyes made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh with his fourth home run. The two-run shot cut Boston's lead to one and chased left-handed reliever Tommy Layne, but that was as close as the Blue Jays could get. Toronto entered play on Tuesday having scored 57 more runs than any other team in baseball, but the club has scored more than three just once since June 23.
"We didn't really get anything going," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We got the home run from Reyes, felt good, kind of perked everybody up a little bit, but that was it."
"As soon as the game started, I just wasn't making pitches. That's all. I know these things are going to happen, but I still have to battle through it and unfortunately I didn't give the team a chance to win today." -- Estrada, on matching the shortest start of his career with 2 1/3 inning
"With me, I barely get them over the fence. I don't really have time to sit there and look at it." -- Bradley Jr., on hitting his homer
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• Ortiz's 38 career homers in Toronto are more than any visiting player in Rogers Centre history. He has more career home runs vs. the Blue Jays (57) than against any other team he's faced over his career.
• Bautista went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 24 at-bats, which is his longest skid since 2010.
Gibbons won his challenge in the top of the fourth inning following a close call at second base. Boston baserunner Mookie Betts was originally ruled safe on his steal attempt, but the call went to a review and was overturned. Dioner Navarro was credited with the caught runner while Betts was thrown out for the third time in 15 chances.
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox:Rick Porcello will search for his first win since May 16 on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET. The right-hander is 0-6 over his last seven starts. Porcello last faced the Blue Jays on April 29, when he earned win with a seven-inning, two-hit performance.
Blue Jays: Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle will get the honor of starting on Canada Day in front of a sold-out crowd at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays will be wearing their special red uniforms to celebrate Canada's birthday. Buehrle has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts.