Game over: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0 Do they need a mercy rule in baseball? The Red Sox just pummeled the disappointing Jays with six homers, three by Will Middlebrooks. There were seven strong innings by Jon Lester.
The Sox leave Toronto to head back home with a good feeling after taking two out of three against the team favored to win the AL East.
Top 9th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0: Newsflash: Red Sox are out in the ninth.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0 – Clayton Mortenson came on. Jose Reyes singled to leadoff the inning, but that was all.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0: Ellsbury homered into the second deck in right. Pedroia walked and then Napoli homered into the second deck in center. A rocket. Middlebrooks swung at the first pitch and hit it well but the ball was caught at the warning track. There goes his bid for history.
Lester is done after seven shutout innings. He allowed five singles and struck out six without a walk.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 0: Middlebrooks and Nava go back to back off David Bush. That’s three for Middlebrooks, the first Red Sox player to do that since Pedroia against the Rockies on June 24, 2010. No Red Sox player has ever hit four in a game.
Middlebrooks is now one of now six players with 14-plus total bases in Red Sox history. Fred Lynn (16), Pedroia (15), John Valentin (15), Carl Yastrzemski (14) and Norm Zauchin (14) the others.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 0: Middlebrooks homers again, this time deep to left. Dickey then walked Bradley with two outs and was reliever by David Bush.
His line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
His season line: 10.2 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 6 BB, 9 K, 3 HR.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0: Iglesias (9 of 14 this season) doubled to left and scored on a single to left by Ellsbury when Cabrera sailed the throw over the catcher. Victorino walked but Pedroia struck out and Napoli grounded back to the mound.
Lester, meanwhile, is cruising along with a three-hit shutout and five strikeouts. Only 50 pitches through four innings, too.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 0: Middlebrooks doubled down the line in left (he’s using all the field as hitting coaches like to say) and moved up on a passed ball. In the dugout, Salty must have nodded his head and remembered catching Tim Wakefield. Nava then delivered a sac fly. So adding him to the lineup has worked out so far.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0: Lester had a perfect, eight-pitch first inning. Dickey allowed an infield single by Iglesias (8 of 13) then retired the side, striking out Victorino and Pedroia.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0: Wow, that escalated quickly.
Ellsbury: Line drive double to left.
Victorino: Single to center
Pedroia: RBI single to right
Napoli: Long two-run double to the gap in left.
Middlebrooks: Line drive home run down the line in right.
19 pitchs, 5 hits, 5 runs.
Nava and Salty hit long fly balls that were tracked down on the warning track. Bradley then struck out. What a start for the Sox. Lester must be thrilled.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from the Rogers Centre, where the Red Sox will take on the Blue Jays.
The Sox are 3-2 and trying to head home with a winning record. Jon Lester faces R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball. We’ll have updates here all game. Please feel free to leave your comments, too.