Red Sox sweep Jays with 35-run weekend barrage
Boston closes series with 14-1 win Sunday
The Boston Red Sox crushed the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre this weekend by scoring 35 runs, extending their winning streak to nine games and settling in at the top of the AL East.
The Red Sox won 5-1 Friday, 16-4 Saturday and 14-1 Sunday, and lead the majors in runs with 350.
Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis all homered for Boston (39-26) on Sunday.
"Kind of a one-sided series the past two days," said Blue Jays manager John Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach. "I think the numbers on the scoreboard indicate that they are swinging the bat as good as they have at any point in time of the year. You combine patience, selectivity, power, speed, that's an explosive, deep and very diverse offense and we saw that for 18 innings the last two days."
Jon Lester (9-2) leads the AL in wins. He pitched all but the last inning, striking out eight, and allowing just two hits and one walk, but the lefty was quick to praise his teammates for their run support.
"Guys came out and swung the bats well and kind of it seemed took the life out of them a little bit and we were able to take advantage of that," said Lester. "I don't think I've ever really seen a stretch like these past nine games that we've been playing as far as scoring runs and the way our pitchers have been throwing the ball."
While Jose Bautista broke out of his13-game homerless slump with his 21st blast of the season, the rest of the day was a disaster for the Jays (32-34).
Rookie right-hander Kyle Drabek pitched four and a half innings, and although he struck out five, he threw two wild pitches, bringing his season total to nine.
"I'm very frustrated right now," said Drabek. "I couldn't tell you the last real quality game that I've had. It's frustrating walking people, giving up hits, not giving your team a chance to win."
The loss was the Jays' fourth in a row.
Gonzalez smashed a fastball to right centre-field, past Bautista, and over the wall to open the scoring with a first-inning home run. He's driven in runs in nine consecutive games.
Drabek started the third by walking two in a row. With Marco Scutaro on second and Jacoby Ellsbury on first, Dustin Pedroia struck out swinging, but moved up both of his teammates on a wild pitch. Gonzalez went out on a grounder, driving home Scutaro.
Ortiz also grounded out, bringing in Ellsbury.
Bautista ended his homerless slump in the fourth, bouncing one off the top of the wall just out of Ellsbury's reach to get the Jays on the scoreboard.
The Red Sox sealed the deal in the fifth inning, hitting through the lineup and putting up six runs. Pedroia and Ortiz both homered, while Gonzalez doubled and Ellsbury singled before Luis Perez replaced a frustrated Drabek.
The sixth inning brought the Red Sox two more runs for a 12-1 lead. Youkilis, Ortiz and Carl Crawford all doubled before J.D. Drew struck out swinging for the third inning in a row.
In the top of the ninth, Youkilis added another homer and brought home Ellsbury, moving the Red Sox up by two more for a 14-1 win.
Toronto now has a day off Monday before opening a series with Baltimore.
With files from The Associated Press