TORONTO (AP) Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to win his first home start in more than a year, Justin Smoak had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Friday night.
Stroman (2-0), who returned last Saturday after tearing knee ligaments in spring training, started at Rogers Centre for the first time since Sept. 8, 2014, when he tossed a three-hitter against the Chicago Cubs.
The right-hander, who beat the New York Yankees in his season debut last week, allowed one run and six hits. He is 8-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 16 career home games, including 12 starts.
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AL East-leading Toronto, which started play with a 3 1-2 game lead over the Yankees, opened the scoring in the third when Kevin Pillar hit a leadoff double, advanced on Cliff Pennington's sacrifice and scored on Ben Revere's groundout.
The Blue Jays made it 4-0 in the fourth. Jose Bautista walked, Encarnacion reached on a fielding error by third baseman Brock Holt and Smoak followed with a two-run double. One out later, Ryan Goins hit an RBI triple.
Boston's lone run off Stroman came in the fifth. Rusney Castillo reached on a fielder's choice, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Blake Swihart's single before scoring on an infield single by Josh Rutledge.
Toronto extended its lead to 6-1 in the sixth, which began with three straight singles by Smoak, Russell Martin and Goins. After Smoak was forced at the plate on Pillar fielder's choice grounder, Martin scored on a wild pitch by Rick Porcello (8-13) and Pennington hit a sacrifice fly.
Porcello, who came in with a 7.36 ERA in five games at Rogers Centre, allowed six runs, five earned, and eight hits in six innings.
Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly, who was shut down for the season after leaving Tuesday's game and returning to Boston for tests on his sore right shoulder, rejoined the team Friday. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said the tests indicated no structural damage in Kelly's shoulder. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia, who hit two home runs Wednesday, did not play, in part to protect his right hamstring from Toronto's artificial surface. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval got the day off.
Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (left shoulder) rejoined the team after visiting a specialist in Boston. ''They say he's making progress,'' manager John Gibbons said.
Red Sox: LHP Wade Miley (11-10, 4.41 ERA) is 1-2 with a 9.24 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (10-11, 4.08 ERA) lost at Yankee Stadium last Sunday, snapping a streak of seven straight winning decisions. Dickey, who allowed five runs in 7 2-3 innings, hadn't lost since a July 9 road defeat to the White Sox.