The Blue Jays’ bats explode early in the Red Sox’s swing

The Boston fans who drove out on Sunday to see David Ortiz inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame earned an added bonus for their troubles: They didn’t have to watch the Red Sox play another stinker against another AL East opponents posted.

Before the former Boston slugger could even step up to the mic in Cooperstown, the team he led to three World Series championships was already 5-0 down and on course for an 8-4 loss and one Toronto Blue Jays win in three games.

“The type of baseball we play is terrible,” manager Alex Cora said after the Red Sox lost their fifth straight game and dropped their ninth of 10 tries for the season to .500.

“We don’t catch the ball. We don’t use good bats, we don’t throw strikes. It’s bad. It’s really bad right now,” Cora said. “But we are talented. And we can turn around quickly and it starts tomorrow.”

Two days after scoring an inside-the-park grand slam in a record-breaking 28-5 win for the Blue Jays, Raimel Tapia had a triple baser in the first goal to put Toronto 5-0 ahead of the top prospect Boston’s Brayan Bello (0-2) — one of five players in the Red Sox roster to start the season in the minors.

Tapia had three hits and drove in four runs, earning him 10 RBIs for the series, and Vladimir Guerrero had four hits for the Blue Jays. Toronto also capitalized on three errors and a string of other errors from Boston, who have not won a series against an AL East opponent in 12 attempts this season and are just a half-game ahead of bottom-placed Baltimore in the division.

On Sunday, the Red Sox kicked the ball around outfield, fumbled it around infield, threw it in the back of a baserunner, missed tags and missed bases, and generally played like the minor leagues, which were half of them on Opening Day.

“Defensively we have taken a step back in the last 14 days,” said Cora. “We were really good defensively early on. … It seems like the game is speeding up at one point in the game and it looks awful.”

“The baseball was in their favor today”

Tim Mayza (4-0) secured victory as the most effective break-up after initiating a double play in the seventh round. Toronto starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs in four innings before reliever Trevor Richards gave up two more as Jarren Duran tripled and hit in the fifth, then Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in the sixth for an 8-4.

But the biggest cheer of the day came when a clip of Ortiz’s acceptance speech played on the scoreboard.

The Red Sox could have used him. Instead, the lineup lacked battered All-Stars JD Martinez and Rafael Devers, as well as Trevor Story, top offseason acquisition, with the bottom five in batting order all worse than .220.

The Red Sox, wilting in the 98-degree heat and already 5-1 down, were booed by the home crowd in the second inning after George Springer stole second base and took third when Christian Vazquez’s throw into the outfield and kicked around by left fielder Franchy Cordero.

Bello allowed five runs with nine hits and two walks, and hit two in four innings; He hasn’t finished fifth in any of his three major league starts. But this time, some bad luck and a poor defense injured him.

Toronto loaded bases in the first inning on two soft-hit balls — one that bounced off third base — and a walk, then Cavan Biggio connected for a two-run single against third baseman Jeter Downs, also booted by Cordero . Tapia made it 5-0 with a base-loaded three to the right center gap.

“Baseball was in their favor today,” Bello said, “I just had to keep working, keep learning and be ready for my next start.”

The Blue Jays added three more in the fifth, which began when Hirokazu Sawamura passed leadoff batter Teoscar Hernandez when the Red Sox reliever put his fingers to his mouth after a caution with a 2-1 count, leading to two automatic balls.

Hernandez came around to score on Tapia’s singles and scored another run when Downs threw the ball in the back of a baserunner going home. Downs also muted a routine grounder. The final run scored when pitcher Sawamura first covered a dribbler down the right side of midfield but overran the pocket.

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