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Estrada roughed up, Ortiz and Bradley hit home runs as Blue Jays lose 4-3 to Red Sox

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TORONTO — After two straight brilliant starts, Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada turned in a dud against Boston.

David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo home runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six solid innings and the Red Sox beat Estrada and the Blue Jays 4-3 Tuesday night.

Estrada (5-4) had taken no-hit bids into the eighth inning in each of his previous two outings, but wasn't anywhere near as sharp against the Red Sox. He allowed four runs, two earned, and three hits in 2 1-3 innings in his shortest start of the season, ending a stretch of six unbeaten starts.

"I couldn't locate anything," Estrada said.

Manager John Gibbons wasn't sure whether high pitch counts in Estrada's past two starts were to blame for his abbreviated outing against Boston.

"He said he felt fine," Gibbons said. "But it's one reason we wanted to get him out of there early."

Boston matched a season high by winning its third straight, doing so without inured stars Hanley Ramirez (left hand) and Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring).

"Guys have stepped up," manager John Farrell said. "More than anything, we're getting stability from the guys that walk to the mound and that's the biggest key."

Rodriguez (4-2) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, slowing down the top-scoring team in the majors. The left-hander had been tagged for 16 earned runs in his previous three starts.

"We didn't get anything going," Gibbons said. "We battled him good but just couldn't come up with that big hit."

Rodriguez is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four road starts.

"He pitched great tonight," Bradley Jr. said. "He definitely gave us a chance to win. He was very effective. What more can you ask from him?"

Ramirez missed his sixth straight game but hit in the cage and took batting practice before the game.

"I would expect him in the lineup tomorrow," Farrell said.

Pedroia is on the 15-day DL with a sore right hamstring.

PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada works against the Boston Red Sox during first inning American League baseball action in Toronto on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.      (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada works against the Boston Red Sox during first inning American League baseball action in Toronto on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Tommy Layne gave up a two-run homer to Jose Reyes in the seventh, Alexi Ogando got four outs and Koji Uehara finished for his 18th save.

Bradley hit a leadoff homer in the second and Ortiz opened the third with his 479th career home run for a 4-0 lead. Two batters later, Todd Redmond replaced Estrada after Napoli singled.

Bradley's homer was his first since May 31, 2014. He'd gone 248 at bats without one, but didn't pause to admire his drive.

"With me, I barely get them over the fence," he said. "I don't really have time to sit there and look at it. "

Edwin Encarnacion ended a streak of nine consecutive outs by Rodriguez when he doubled and scored on Chris Colabello's single in the fourth.

Reyes cut it to 4-3 when he connected off Layne in the seventh.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista went 0 for 3 with a walk and is hitless in 24 at-bats.

NO MORE THAN FOUR

The Blue Jays were held below four runs for the fourth straight game, the first time this season that's happened.

QUICK OFF THE MARK

Boston is 26-11 when scoring first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: C Ryan Hanigan (broken right hand) is eligible to come off the 60-day DL Wednesday. "I would anticipate him being here and ready to go," Farrell said.

Blue Jays: Gibbons said RHP Aaron Sanchez, out since June 5 with a strained muscle in his back, might return to the bullpen when he's healthy. Sanchez had a 1.09 ERA in 24 relief appearances in 2014. He's made 11 starts this season.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-8, 5.54 ERA) has lost six straight decisions and is winless since a May 16 victory at Seattle. He beat the Blue Jays the lone time he faced them this season, allowing one run in seven innings in an April 29 game in Toronto.

Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle (8-4, 3.81 ERA) seeks to win his fourth straight decision. He hasn't lost since May 23 against Seattle, a span of six starts. He's facing the Red Sox for the first time this season.

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