But instead, they ran into the bat of Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who fueled Toronto’s offense with some milestone home runs.
Bautista hit the 200th and 201st home runs of his career, to give Toronto a late-inning surge and push them to a 6-2 victory.
Felix Doubront (4-3) had a solid outing for Boston, but got little support from the Red Sox lineup through his six-and-a-third innings. He allowed two runs, but the Red Sox finally tied things up with a two-RBI single from Shane Victorino in the seventh.
However, Bautista answered with his second home run of the game in the eighth, to put Toronto up by two. The Blue Jays did not surrender the lead from there. That homer came of reliever Junichi Tazawa, who took the loss and saw his record drop to 4-3.
The Blue Jays improved to .500 on the year, but remain in last place in the A.L. East, 7.5 games behind the first-place Red Sox.
Boston ended up matching Toronto with 10 hits in the game, but struggled to get runs across late in the game. The two-run performance put a stop to a strong series for the Red Sox lineup, which scored a total of 30 runs during their four-game winning streak.
Boston ended an up-and-down month with a record of 16-11 in June.