Final: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0
The Red Sox rebounded from a 1-0 shutout loss to the Blue Jays by pounding out 20 hits, tying a season high set vs. the Indians May 25, and jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first and scoring no fewer than two runs in the first five frames of a 14-0 romp at the Rogers Centre before a crowd of 17,565.
Jon Lester improved to 15-6 (2.93 ERA) after throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing three hits and one walk. He struck out 11 batters to tie his season high set May 3 vs. the Angels.
Marco Scutaro spearheaded the 20-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with a walk, 3 doubles and 4 RBI. David Ortiz (4-for-6) matched a career high with four hits, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a 2-run homer in the third and Josh Reddick a solo shot in the eighth as the Red Sox pounded out 11 extra-base hits, including nine doubles..
Top of 9th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0
After issuing back-to-back walks to start the inning, Dustin McGowan departed the game and turned it over to Joel Carrone, who retired the three batters he faced.
Bottom of 8th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0
Weiland retired the side in tidy 1-2-3 fashion with a pair of groundball outs and an inning-ending flyball to center.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0
Josh Reddick took McGowan deep to right for a solo homer with two out in the frame. It was Reddick’s seventh homer of the season (on a 1-2 pitch from McGowan) and gave the Red Sox 20 hits for the game, tying the season high they had vs. Cleveland May 25.
Kyle Weiland has been summoned from the bullpen to pitch the bottom of the 8th for Lester, who threw seven scoreless innings allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters. He threw 100 pitches, 67 for strikes.
Defensive substitutions: With Weiland in the game, Ryan Lavarnway has replaced Jarrod Saltalamacchia at catcher, and Jed Lowrie at first base for Adrian Gonzalez.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Lester mowed ’em down again. Retiring the side in 1-2-3 fashion, including a pair of strikeouts to give him 11 for the game. It tied his season high vs. the Angels May 3d.
Top of 7th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
McGowan held the Red Sox scoreless for the second consecutive inning, allowing two base runners: David Ortiz, who singled to left giving him four hits in the game; and Marco Scutaro, who walked to reach base for the fifth time in the game. McGowan got out of the inning by inducing Nate Spears, making his first Major League at-bat, to fly to left.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Lester spared the Blue Jays no quarter, throwing another scoreless frame. Through six innings, Lester has allowed three hits (two to leadoff hitter Yunel Escobar), one walk and struck out nine batters. He’s thrown 86 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Defensive substitions: Right fielder Josh Reddick replaced Jacoby Ellsbury; Mike Aviles replaced Dustin Pedroia at second, Darnell McDonald moved from right to center. Also, Nate Spears entered the game in the top of the sixth at left field for Carl Crawford. It was Spears’ Major League debut.
Top of 6th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Lo and behold. The Sox were prevented from scoring a run for the first time in the game. After Boston scored no fewer than two runs in each of the first five frames, McGowan held the line with a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
Lester remained dominant, retiring three of four batters he faced, striking out two. Lester has now recorded nine strikeouts.
Top of 5th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0
McGowan got roughed up for two runs on three hits, including a 2-RBI double to left by Marco Scutaro, whose third two-base hit of the game scored David Ortiz, who reached on a double to center. It was Scutaro’s third double of the game and 15th of his career vs. the Blue Jays.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 0
Lester retired the side in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out the first two batters he faced to give him seven through four innings. Dustin McGowan was summoned to relieve Rommie Lewis (1.1 innings, 3 runs, 5 hits). It was the first Major League appearance in three years for McGowan, who has been shelved by three season-ending surgeries (shoulder, rotator cuff, and knee).
Top of 4th: Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 0
Rommie Lewis seemed to hardly fare any better than Luis Perez (8 runs, 10 hits, 2.2 innings), giving up three more runs to the Red Sox. David Ortiz’s RBI double to center t plated Kevin Youkilis, who reached on a lead-off base hit, to make it 9-0. Marco Scutaro (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI) drove in Ortiz with his RBI double to center, making it 10-0. Darnell McDonald’s RBI single to right tallied Scutaro to make it 13-0. The Red Sox had 15 hits after four innings, including seven for doubles (six resulting in RBIs).
Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0
Lester showed no sign of letting up. He struck out the first batter he faced, Mike McCoy, then gave up another single to right to Yunel Escobar and induced Eric Thames to fly to right and Jose Bautista (now 0-for-2 with a strikeout) to pop up to first base.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0
The Red Sox knocked Luis Perez out of the game after the Blue Jays’ lefthander gave up two more runs on a mammoth 2-run homer to center field by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who drove in Marco Scutaro (lead-off double to left). Perez departed three batters later, turning it over to Rommie Lewis, who struck out Gonzalez to end the inning. To this point, every player in the Red Sox lineup has recorded a hit, with the notable exception of Dustin Pedroia, who hit a sharply-struck grounder to third and reached on an error charged to Lawrie.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 0
Lester struck out the side, despite giving up a two-out walk to Brett Lawrie, whose walk-off solo homer gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 win in 11 innings Monday afternoon. Lester struck out J.P. Arencibia to end the inning, giving the Sox lefthander four strikeouts after the first two innings.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 0
The Red Sox tacked on two more runs against Perez. Adrian Gonzalez drove in Jacoby Ellsbury (who drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch) from third with his RBI single to center. Kevin Youkilis’s RBI double to the center field wall scored Gonzalez, but Youkilis got caught trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Perez got out of the inning by inducing David Ortiz to fly to left.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0
Unlike his last start, Jon Lester didn’t need 43 pitches to get out of the first inning. It only took him 13 pitches (nine for strikes) to retire Blue Jays in order after giving up a lead-off single to Yunel Escobar.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0
After getting shut out for 11 innings Monday afternoon, the Red Sox broke out of their scoreless skein with a vengeance, erupting for four runs on five hits (including three doubles) against Blue Jays’ starter Luis Perez. Adrian Gonzalez got it going when he hit a flare to left for an RBI double that scored Jacoby Ellsbury from second after he hit a lead-off double to left. After Kevin Youkilis walked, David Ortiz drove in Gonzalez with his sharply-struck RBI single to right. Marco Scutaro’s groundball RBI single to left scored Youkilis and Carl Crawford’s RBI double to right scored Ortiz, giving the Red Sox a commanding four-run lead
Greetings from the Rogers Centre in Toronto where the Red Sox will attempt to avenge a 1-0 loss in 11 innings Monday afternoon. Rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie did the damage with a solo walk-off run that helped the Blue Jays (70-71) snap a three-game losing streak. The Red Sox (84-56) will attempt to stay within striking distance of the Yankees in the American League East standings after falling 2.5 games behind. LHP Jon Lester (14-6, 3.05 ERA), who took a no-decision in his last start last Thursday against the Yankees, a game in which he threw 43 pitches in the first inning, will go to the mound against 26-year-old LHP Luis Perez (3-2, 3.77 ERA), who has made six relief appearances against Boston but none as a starter.