Blue Jays bounce back to even series with blowout win over Red Sox

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer — one of Toronto’s three longballs in the fifth inning — to extend his club-record road hitting streak to 25 games, and the Blue Jays rebounded from a tough loss to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 on Saturday.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Reese McGuire also went deep for the Blue Jays, who had dropped four of their last five. They blew a late 5-1 lead and lost 6-5 in Friday’s series opener.

“[Friday] night was a tough loss,” Biggio said. “Definitely a game that we feel like we should have definitely won, a bounce-back win was huge.”

Rafael Devers had an RBI triple for the Red Sox, who had won seven of nine.

Guerrero got Toronto’s offence going early with his major league-leading 20th homer, a two-run shot estimated at 439 feet against Nick Pivetta that left Fenway Park over the Green Monster in the first inning.

“I’m just glad I get to watch it and witness it,” winning pitcher Steven Matz said of Guerrero. “From spring training on, he’s just what doing what he’s doing. It’s been an absolute blast to be on this side with him.”

Bichette sent one even further, belting an estimated 468-foot drive out of Fenway over the Monster, going back to back after Semien’s shot.

Biggio opened the fifth with a drive into the first row of Monster seats.

“That’s what they do,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “They hit the ball out of the ballpark. They’re an aggressive ballclub.”

Matz (7-3) held the Red Sox to four hits and a run over 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight with two walks.

“I think my fastball-curveball combo and kind of keeping them off balance with the changeup was how I attacked them today,” he said. “It was good to have that curveball going. It felt good.”

Pivetta (6-2) gave up a season-high six runs and allowed four — a career worst — of the Blue Jays’ homers.

“It just comes down to every home run I gave up, I mislocated the pitch or hung the pitch,” Pivetta said. “It’s going to happen. Sometimes you get lucky and the hitter misses it. Today, they hit every single one.”

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