BOSTON -- Chris Sale matched a career worst by giving up four home runs in a playoff tuneup, including a pair to Josh Donaldson, and the Boston Red Sox lost 9-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Teoscar Hernandez hit one of his two homers off Sale, and Kendrys Morales had the other against Boston's ace lefty. Sale (17-8) allowed five runs in five innings and surrendered multiple homers for the third time in five starts. Sale last allowed four homers in a game Aug. 23, 2013 against Texas.
Boston's magic number over the Yankees in the AL East is three with five games remaining. New York beat Tampa Bay 6-1.
Sale did have eight strikeouts, giving him 308 for the season.
J.A. Happ (10-11) pitched seven strong innings for the last-place Blue Jays.