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TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox are healthy again.

Right fielder Shane Victorino returned from injury on Thursday and third baseman Will Middlebrooks was back in the lineup on Friday.

The result was a pretty healthy win for the Red Sox behind the seven-inning pitching of Jake Peavy (1-0) as they handed the Toronto Blue Jays their third loss in a row, 8-1 on Friday night.

"Will's addition certainly lengthens out our lineup," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Middlebrooks and second baseman Dustin Pedroia each drove in two runs, designated hitter David Ortiz homered and every starter in the Red Sox lineup had at least one hit in the 16-hit attack.

"I think we executed on all sides of the ball tonight," Peavy said. "We need to put those efforts together consistently now."

Peavy held the Blue Jays to five hits, two walks and one run -- a seventh-inning homer by designated hitter Juan Francisco -- while striking out seven in seven innings. Left-hander Chris Capuano took over in the eighth and struck out the side.

Left-hander Mark Buehrle (4-1) allowed 12 hits, three walks and seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Buehrle's ERA went from 0.64 to 2.16.

"Two of the three walks scored," said Buehrle (4-1). "I think the game was kind of decided in the second inning there, a couple of those two bloop singles finding holes. Sometimes you have to have the luck on your side. I wasn't hitting the spots the way I was in the past and then when I did they got some base hits."

The Red Sox struck for four runs in the second inning keyed by Pedroia's two-run single. They added one in the third, two in the sixth and one in the ninth.

Middlebrooks, who came off the disabled list before the game, doubled in his second run of the game in the sixth to score catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who singled and gave the Red Sox a 6-0 lead. Middlebrooks was out trying for third. An error by shortstop Jose Reyes and two walks by right-hander Neil Wagner, who took over from Buehrle, gave Boston a 7-0 lead.

Wagner was sent on an option to Triple-A Buffalo after the game and right-hander Chad Jenkins was recalled to bolster an overworked bullpen.

"Mark has been so good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's baseball. You're not going to be perfect every time out there. He'll bounce back. He was just off tonight. It's that simple. The key was that he at least got into the sixth inning there for us, which was big tonight because we're a little bit beat up. Peavy was pretty good."

Pierzynski said, "(Peavy) was awesome, he made one mistake, it was the home run. It was really far, too.

"He was down in the zone, he was able to mix speeds, throw off-speed behind in the count. He threw balls in, threw balls away, and that's what Jake can do when Jake is right. He has been pitching pretty well all year. We just haven't scored any runs for him. It was nice for him to get his first win and get on the board."

Ninth-inning doubles by Pierzynski and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who had three hits each, scored a run against right-hander Todd Redmond.

The Red Sox scored four runs in the second. The inning started with a walk to first baseman Mike Napoli, who took third on a double by shortstop Xander Bogaerts and scored on Pierzynski's fly to center. Middlebrooks singled in a run and took third on a double by Bradley Jr. Pedroia drove in two runs with a single but was out trying for a double.

Ortiz hit his fifth homer of the season with one out in the third.

With the Blue Jays down 5-0 in the fourth, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was out trying to steal third with first baseman Edwin Encarnacion at first and catcher Dioner Navarro at the plate with one out.

Asked what Bautista was thinking, Gibbons said: "I have no idea. It wasn't smart, winning baseball and he won't do it again."

NOTES: Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks (right calf strain) was activated from the disabled list for Friday's game. INF Brock Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Thursday night's game. ... Toronto RHP Casey Janssen (left abdominal/lower back strain) hopes to throw a bullpen session on Saturday or Sunday and would need to throw another session before going on a rehabilitation assignment. ... Toronto DH Adam Lind (back) is swinging a bat but not yet running. ... The three-game series in Toronto will be Boston's only road games in a stretch of 20 dates from April 18 to May 7. ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (0-2, 7.71 ERA) will start Saturday against Toronto RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.03 ERA).
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