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TOR@BOS: Melky homers from both sides of the plate

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays were embarrassed by the Red Sox at home last Monday, but it took them only a week to return the favor.

Toronto came out swinging early and often and didn't let up until the club tied a season high in runs. The fact that the Blue Jays did it without Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie makes it almost hard to believe.

Melky Cabrera led the way by homering from both sides of the plate and driving in five runs, while Ryan Goins added four RBIs as Toronto came into Fenway Park and walked all over the reeling Red Sox in a 14-1 victory Monday night.

"It was a good one to be on the right side, just like the other night in Toronto," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "[R.A.] Dickey was great, we came out swinging, Melky had a huge night. Great way to start the series."

Since the 14-1 loss at Rogers Centre, Toronto has outscored the Red Sox, 35-8, over four games, which included a stretch of 22 unanswered runs.

In this one, all of Toronto's starting nine reached base at least once. Cabrera become the sixth player in franchise history to homer from each side of the plate. He also scored three runs while walking once and has six multihit games since the All-Star break.

Goins set a career high with four hits and scored a run. Colby Rasmus and Munenori Kawasaki added RBI doubles as the Blue Jays tallied 14 runs for the second time this year. The first time was June 20 in Cincinnati.

"Everybody's contributing," Cabrera said through an interpreter after the game. "The new guys are coming in from the Minor Leagues, they're coming in and having good games, swinging the bats. Pitchers are doing a great job, the bullpen is doing good. Everything is clicking together at the right time."

The vast majority of the production came in the sixth, when the Blue Jays sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine times. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz opened the sixth by walking Kawasaki and surrendering back-to-back hits to Josh Thole and Goins.

Former Blue Jays manager John Farrell went to his bullpen, but that did little to silence Toronto's bats. Left-hander Felix Doubront entered and retired just two of the 10 batters he faced before Boston once again was forced to make a pitching change.

Buchholz was charged with seven runs on seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings. Doubront's line was even worse as he allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. Right-hander Burke Badenhop was the only one who could restore order, but he too allowed a run in his 1 1/3 innings.

Dickey benefited from the run support as he cruised to his ninth victory. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out a season-high 10. Dickey's performance likely will go relatively unnoticed, but it was one of his best this season. He has pitched at least six innings in nine consecutive outings.

"I'll take that every time out," said Dickey, who lowered his ERA to 3.91. "I kind of wish I could divide them up over three starts. That was fun, and it's fun to go out there and really enjoy your craft.

"Almost wish we only scored two runs because I felt like I had that kind of knuckleball tonight and save this outing for when I gave up five. But I'll take it, it was fun to watch."

The Blue Jays have won three consecutive games after dropping the series opener to the Yankees in New York on Friday night. Toronto will play two more in Boston before concluding its lengthy road trip with four games in Houston.

Toronto is 7-3 since the break after entering it having lost all but two of its previous 10 games. In some ways, it has looked like a completely different team and once again has made the Blue Jays serious playoff contenders.

"Our starters were really good in that stretch and we gave them no run support," Thole said of the pre-break struggles. "To give them some run support has been a big difference. I think having really good [at-bats], doing the right things, moving guys over, getting guys in from third, those are the things we need to do right now."

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