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BOSTON -- Jose Bautista looks comfortable in the No. Lindsey Horan USA Jersey . 2 slot in the Toronto Blue Jays batting order. Bautista hit two of Torontos five home runs, and the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 12-4 Sunday to take two of three in the weekend series. "You get three or four runs ahead," Bautista said, "thats when some guys come out and are able to take some big hacks and we get the types of results we got today." Bautista batted second for the second straight day after hitting in his usual No. 3 slot through his first 31 games. He went 2 for 3 with a walk Sunday and is 4 for 7 with two homers and a pair of walks batting second. Different spot. Same approach. "Pitchers know who I am, and I know who they are, and I know how theyre going to try to get me out," he said. "If they execute, they get me out, and if I execute, Im probably going to hit a ball hard somewhere." Bautista hit 54 homers in 2010 and 43 a year later, then dropped to 27 last season as a wrist injury caused him to miss 70 of the final 72 games. He entered Sundays game hitting just .236 with seven home runs. "Hell get on his rolls," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "When its all said and done, hes going to have a great year for us. Maybe this is the start of something? Well find out." Emilio Bonifacio, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won just seven of their last 20 and are last in the AL East at 15-24. They finished a 4-3 trip. "Its a great way to bounce back because we were playing pretty bad," Bautista said. "Its good to just be playing good baseball. Were playing way better baseball than when we were struggling and thats a bright spot for sure." Chad Jenkins (1-0) got his second major league win and first since Oct. 2, allowing two runs and seven hits in five innings-plus. It was just the fourth big league start and 14th appearance for Jenkins, who missed most of spring training and the start of the season with shoulder inflammation. "To see the guys come out and put up that kind of run support, it really makes it easier on me, knowing Ive got a little bit of wiggle room to work with," Jenkins said. "Last night we got clutch hits, and then today they were just pounding balls left and right, and that was awesome to watch." Mike Napoli and Pedro Ciriaco homered for Boston, which has lost eight of 10 following a 20-8 start under new manager John Farrell. "I know its a cliche, but things are evening out," Farrell said. Ryan Dempster (2-4) gave up six runs and seven hits -- including three homers -- in five innings, his shortest start this season. The British Columbia native had been 6-0 against Toronto and Montreal in his big league career. Bostons Shane Victorino crashed into right-field wall in the fourth while catching Colby Rasmus drive and fell to the ground, writhing in pain. After being attended to by team personnel, Victorino remained in the game but left after the sixth inning and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. "Oh man," said Toronto reliever Darren Oliver, who was in the bullpen at the time. "He hit that wall hard." Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run single in the second, and Bautista sent Dempsters first pitch of the third into the seats above the Green Monster in left. "Im sure he didnt want to throw it in that spot," Bautista said of Dempsters fastball. "He was painting away on me all game long, and that ball crept up to where I like it more -- over the heart of the plate, middle in -- and I was able to connect." Bonifacio hit a two-run homer in the fourth for a 5-0 lead, his first home run since last July 23 for Miami. Napoli led off the fourth with his seventh homer, and Encarnacion homered in the fifth to make it 6-1. Lawrie homered off Andrew Miller leading off the sixth and Bautista hit a two-run drive off Clayton Mortensen later in the inning for a 10-1 lead, Bautistas ninth homer this year. He has 18 career multihomer games. "He left it up in the zone where offspeed pitches get punished," Bautista said, "and I was able to connect on that as well." Ciriaco opened the eighth with his first home run since Aug. 26. "I think weve got a number of guys dealing with frustration right now," Farrell said. "The key for us is maintaining our level of preparation and our work routine. Those are the two things that we can control. I know with the attitude of this group, were going to continue to work, but were getting tested right now. Theres no question about it." NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz had a scheduled day off after playing in 19 games since returning from an injury April 20. He is in a 1-for-17 slump after hitting .414 with four homers and 17 RBIs through his first 15 games. ... Bautista has reached safely in 18 of his last 19 games. ... Farrell said RHP Andrew Bailey, on the DL with a right biceps strain, likely will throw off a mound Tuesday and the team then will decide whether he will require a rehab stint. ... Boston C David Ross was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. The team recalled C Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Ciriaco entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh, making his first big league appearance at first base. Allie Long Jersey . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. Tierna Davidson Jersey .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. http://www.officialsocceruswntshop.com/hailie-mace-usa-jersey/ . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. ST. LOUIS -- Shelby Miller retired the last 27 batters Friday night, finishing with a one-hitter. A day later, the St. Louis Cardinals rookie sat in the dugout and watched Adam Wainwright nearly top that feat. Wainwright pitched no-hit ball into the eighth inning and finished with a two-hitter Saturday against the suddenly punchless Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 victory. "I thought for sure he was going to throw a no-hitter," the 22-year-old Miller said. "He was locked in. We both threw well and his was exciting to watch, especially." Wainwright doesnt mind getting pushed by the teams electric fifth starter whos 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA. "You follow Roger Clemens a couple times like I have been, it makes you focus a little bit more," Wainwright said. "Once you see Shelby mow through a lineup like he has all year, you want to go out there and do it, too. "Those guys will think theres a new sheriff in town," Wainwright added. The Rockies had been hitless in 49 consecutive at-bats before Nolan Arenado lined a clean hit to centre field with one out in the eighth. Eric Young led off Friday nights game with a broken-bat single off Miller then failed to put a runner on until Todd Helton walked with one out in the fifth inning a day later. "Im just trying to hit the ball hard," Arenado said. "I knew he wanted to get ahead with a strike and he threw one down and away. I got pretty lucky, I guess." The 49 at-bats is the longest hitless stretch since Sept. 25-27, 1981, when the Los Angeles Dodgers went 50 at-bats without a knock, according to STATS. "I thought we were going to witness something pretty special," manager Mike Matheny said. "You could see him finishing that off. "What a great couple of days," Matheny said. After the hit, Wainwright (5-2) doffed his cap in appreciation during a prolonged standing ovation from a sellout crowd of 43,050, then quickly retired the next two hitters. He gave up a two-out single to Dexter Fowler in the ninth and matched his career best with a two-hitter. "About the third or fourth inning, I could tell he was throwing everything for a strike and was doing whatever he wanted to do," right fielder Allen Craig said. "You just never know how its going to go from there, but that was a lot of fun to be out there. "He was close. Maybe next time," added Craig. Wainwright struck out seven for his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career. The Rockies have been shut out for 26 consecutive innings since Carlos Gonzalez hit a first-inning sacrifice fly against the Yankees on Thursday, and have had just one runner in scoring position the first two games of the series. The Rockies entered Saturday as the highest-scoring team in the National League. Morgan Brian Jersey. Manager Walt Weiss wasnt planning a meeting. "You leave it alone," Weiss said. "You know, everyone gets beat up a little bit in this game at some point, but our guys will keep grinding and well to come out and try to turn it around (Sunday)." Craig had three hits and a sacrifice fly and Yadier Molina had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have won nine of 10 and are a major league-best 23-12. Wainwright has won five of his last six starts, recapturing his form as the staff ace in his second season coming off reconstructive elbow surgery. He has thrown a pair of two-hitters, the last on Aug. 6, 2010 at Florida. Wainwright bounced back from his lone poor outing when he gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings at Milwaukee his last time out. Hes 5-1 against the Rockies. "I wanted to get back to the basics after the last start," Wainwright said. "I wanted to attack the strike zone right away. Keep it simple, that was my focus today." Wainwright and Miller retired 40 consecutive batters with 18 strikeouts before Helton walked. He was stranded when Arenado fouled out and Reid Brignac grounded out. All things appeared headed toward the no-hitter after Matt Carpenter made a sliding stab of a grounder about 10 feet onto the outfield grass behind second base for the first out in the eighth. Wainright smiled broadly at the play. Arenado, though, then singled. The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the second and fourth, both times with the eighth and ninth-place hitter coming up. Both times, Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) escaped by striking out Pete Kozma and Wainwright. They loaded them again in the fifth on singles by Carpenter, Jon Jay and Matt Holliday and took the lead on Craigs sacrifice fly, with Matt Adams adding a two-out RBI single. Matt Holliday, Craig and Molina hit consecutive singles off Josh Outman in the seventh to make it 3-0. The Cardinals havent thrown a no-hitter since Bud Smith at San Diego in 2001, and havent had one at home since Bob Forsch threw the second of his career on Sept. 26, 1983, against the Expos. Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki have each struck out five times the first two games. NOTES: Carlos Beltran, 1 for 8 with double-play balls against Chacin, was not in the lineup. ... Lefty Jaime Garcia (4-1, 2.25) faces Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 3.52) in the series finale Sunday. .. Chacins comebacker to end the third ended a string of eight straight strikeouts by the pitchers spot on both teams to start the series. ... At the start of Millers one-hitter on Friday, the Rockies 3-4-5 hitters took eight consecutive called strikes. ... Michael Cuddyer missed his third straight game with neck stiffness. ' ' ' 
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