It was long ball day on Mother’s Day for the Toronto Blue Jays. Putting the boots to a Boston squad that has been slumping of late, the Jays counted five home runs in routing the Red Sox 12-4 Sunday afternoon to finish their road trip with a 4-3 record. Leading the long-ball parade was Jose Bautista who hit a pair and knocked in three RBIs. It was the 18th multi-homer game of his career — but his first of the season. Also hitting homers for the Jays were Edwin Encarnacion, Emilio Bonifacio and Brett Lawrie. Hey, chicks and moms both dig the long ball. It proved to be a banner day for Chad Jenkins as well as the 25-year-old right-hander collected the win and allowed two runs on seven hits over five-plus innings in making the emergency start. “Coming in, two of the three starts we were banking on guys that we didn’t know what to expect and he (Jenkins) and (Ramon) Ortiz both did a great job for us,” manager John Gibbons said of the unexpected strong starting pitching. “Today was probably our first real big outburst, other than coming back and some other games. The home-run ball, we hit that today, just played an overall good ballgame, we really did.” It marked one of the few times this season that the Jays jumped in front, piled on add-on runs and never let the other team get back into it. “Well for a while there I didn’t know if we knew how to act,” Gibbons said of the comfy win. “We’re not used to playing them like that. We’d like to try it a little more often.” The emergency start for Jenkins was his first of the season as he was filling one of two open spots as a result of Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ being placed on the disabled list and Ricky Romero being banished to Buffalo due to ineffectiveness.
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Toronto Sun | May 13