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April 7, 2013

Middlebrooks hits 3 homers, Red Sox rout Blue Jays

TORONTO β€” Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs, two off NL CY Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, and the Boston Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 13-0 yesterday.

Middlebrooks went 4 for 5 with four RBIs. He hit two home runs off Dickey, a two-run shot to right in the first inning and a solo drive into the second deck in left in the fifth. He connected again off Dave Bush with a leadoff longball to left in the seventh, the first three homer game of his career.

Middlebrooks, who doubled and scored in the third, flied out to the warning track in his final at-bat in the eighth.

Mike Napoli added a two-run shot, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava also went deep as the Red Sox connected for six homers and set season highs for runs and hits (15), one day after getting just two hits in a 5-0 loss and set season highs for runs and hits (15), one day after collecting just two hits in a 5-0 loss.

Nava went back-to-back with Middlebrooks in the seventh, a homer that bounced off the top of the wall in center field and went out. It’s the first time this season the Red Sox have hit consecutive home runs.

Ellsbury had three hits, including a leadoff homer into the second deck in right in the eighth, his first. Three batters later, Napoli capped the rout with a home run to center, his second. He finished with four RBIs.

Boston jumped on Dickey in the first, scoring five runs before the knuckleballer had recorded an out.

Ellsbury led off with a double, Shane Victorino singled to center and Dustin Pedroia drove in a run with a groundball single through the right side.

Napoli hit a two-run double and Middlebrooks followed with a first pitch homer to right.

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