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Manager John Farrell hasn't lost confidence after one of Boston's toughest losses in a rough season.
"I wouldn't write this team off," he said after his bullpen allowed all the runs in a nine-run seventh inning of a 13-10 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
And they all scored after the Red Sox scored five runs in the first and led 8-1.
"We have to put some things together in all phases," Farrell said.
The Red Sox had a chance to tie it in the eighth. Trailing 13-9, Mike Napoli came up with the bases loaded and two outs. But he took a called third strike.
"I come here every day thinking today is the day I come through," Napoli said after going 0 for 5 and watching his batting average drop to .200. "No one is going to give up in this clubhouse."
The nine runs in the seventh scored before the Blue Jays made an out.
"Incredible," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of the outburst that became his team's ninth straight win.
"Relentless" is how Russell Martin described the offense after his bases-loaded triple snapped an 8-8 tie.
"Long" was Farrell's analysis of his team's worst inning in a year in which it is in last place in the AL East and a season-worst eight games under .500 (27-35).
Justin Smoak drove in three runs, two scoring on his homer that made it 13-8 on the first pitch after Martin's triple.
"It can happen any time with this lineup," Smoak said.
Trailing 13-9, the Red Sox had a chance to tie it in the eighth when they loaded the bases after Xander Bogaerts singled in a run. That's when Napoli struck out.
"My mindset was to go up there and do some damage," he said. "It's a tough one to swallow."
Brett Cecil gave up an RBI double in the ninth to Rusney Castillo but got his third save.
Steve Delabar (2-0) pitched a perfect sixth. Junichi Tazawa (0-2) took the loss.
Boston took a 5-0 lead in the first against Drew Hutchison when Pablo Sandoval, a two-run shot, and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers and David Ortiz had a two-run single. Smoak's RBI-triple made it 5-1 in the second before Dustin Pedroia's three-run homer put Boston on top 8-1 in the fifth.
Toronto scored three runs in the fifth off Joe Kelly, who left after the sixth with an 8-4 lead.
Then came the seventh when Toronto's first nine batters reached base and they all scored.
"We have a ton of power and when we have that there's always a chance to come back," Gibbons said. "I don't put anything past these guys."
Toronto entered the night with 325 runs, 50 more than the New York Yankees, who had the second-most in the majors.
Kevin Pillar led off the seventh with a single and scored on a double by Ryan Goins. Jose Reyes then singled in a run, Josh Donaldson singled and Jose Bautista followed with another RBI single.
Edwin Encarnacion then singled, loading the bases, and Toronto tied it at 8 on an error by third baseman Sandoval, who dived to catch Chris Colabello's hard shot down the line then dropped the ball.
Martin cleared the bases with his triple over the head of center fielder Castillo, chasing Tazawa. But Smoak drove the first pitch from Layne into the seats in left for his fifth homer and a 13-8 lead.
Boston's 10 runs were its most in a game this season. Castillo had three hits and Bogaerts, Ortiz and Blake Swihart had two each.
CLEARING THE AIR
Boston LHP Wade Miley said before the game "I handled it terribly" when he yelled at Farrell in the dugout Thursday night after being taken out after four innings of a 6-5 loss at Baltimore. Farrell said Miley's behavior was "unacceptable."
Red Sox: LF Hanley Ramirez missed the game with soreness in his left knee and left hamstring. ... CF Betts left the game in the top of the third with a low back sprain when he ran into the low fence trying to catch a triple by Smoak.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-6, 5.35) goes for his third straight solid outing in the second game of the three-game series. He allowed a total of four runs in his past two starts after giving up 22 in his previous four.
Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (3-6, 4.07) tries to bounce back from his third-shortest stint of the season. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings Sunday in a 7-4 win against Oakland. In his previous start, he allowed three hits in eight innings in a 1-0 victory over Minnesota.
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