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TORONTO — David Ortiz hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday.

Jackie Bradley Jr., had a home run in the ninth to tie it 4-4 while also adding a double in the sixth for Boston (70-77), which had lost back-to-back games.

Wade Miley started for the Red Sox and was dominant, striking out seven batters and giving up two runs but earning a no decision. Noe Ramírez gave up two runs out of the bullpen, while Jean Machi and Tommy Layne (2-1) also pitched relief.

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Robbie Ross Jr. gave up two runs but also earned the save in one inning of work.

Edwin Encarnacion had a home run and an RBI single as Toronto (85-63) had its three-game win streak snapped.

R.A. Dickey struck out three over six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Relievers Mark Lowe and Brett Cecil held the Red Sox scoreless before Roberto Osuna blew his save opportunity in the ninth.

Aaron Sanchez (1-5) and Ryan Tepera also came out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays.

Bradley blasted a pitch from Osuna into the right-field seats, bringing home Brock Holt.

Boston took the lead four batters later when Ortiz stroked a single to left field off Sanchez, cashing in Dustin Pedroia.

The Red Sox made it 6-4 in the next at bat when a wild pitch got past Toronto catcher Russell Martin, allowing Bogaerts to score. Rusney Castillo added another run to Boston’s lead, singling to centre field to drive Deven Marreno across the plate.

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Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista combined to bring the Blue Jays close in the bottom of the ninth. Donaldson walked with two out, then Bautista hit a home run, cutting the Red Sox’s lead to 7-6.

Minor league callup Matt Hague followed that up with a double off the outfield wall, but Justin Smoak grounded out to end the game.

Bogaerts broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth, putting a Dickey knuckleball into the left-field stands for a 1-0 Boston lead.

Encarnacion responded for Toronto in the bottom of that inning, hitting a sharp line drive off the second deck, driving home Donaldson who’d reached base on a walk to leadoff the sixth.

Dickey left the game to a standing ovation in the seventh after Holt hit a ground-rule double over the left-centre field wall.

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Holt tied it 2-2 for the Red Sox, crossing home after Bradley Jr.’s double handcuffed Cliff Pennington and bounced into shallow right field before the Blue Jays second baseman could recover.

Encarnacion had his second hit of the game in the bottom of the eighth, putting a single through the gap and into shallow left field to drive in Josh Donaldson for a 3-2 Blue Jays lead. Donaldson and Bautista were both aboard after back-to-back walks.

Chris Colabello loaded the bases in the next at bat, again putting a single through the gap.

Kevin Pillar kept the rally alive after Russell Martin struck out, hitting an RBI single to shallow right field, plating Bautista for a 4-2 Toronto lead.

The Blue Jays’ big inning ended when shortstop Ryan Goins hit into a 4-2-3 double play.

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John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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