The Boston Red Sox, behind eight strong innings from Jon Lester and four more homers by a sizzling offense, defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1, winning their ninth consecutive game and third straight series sweep.
Designated hitter David Ortiz, continuing his torrid play of late, hit a three-run home run, his 17th of the season, Kevin Youkilis added to the offensive barrage with a three-run bomb in the ninth, and Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia also went deep for the Sox, who outscored the Blue Jays 35-6 over the weekend and outhit them, 46-12.
Lester breezed through his outing, allowing just one run on a Jose Bautista solo shot in the fourth inning, and only one other hit the rest of the way. Lester is now the AL leader in wins with nine.
To say that the Red Sox have completely turned around their offense since their woeful start in April would be a vast understatement. Gonzalez has been the chief in charge of the assault, now leading the American League in hits (91), RBI (60), doubles (22) and total bases (156).
Ortiz has also provided a major spark, with 30 extra-base hits and 15 homers since the beginning of May. He’s hitting .360 with 32 RBI over that span as well.
The official start of summer hasn’t arrived quite yet, but the Red Sox are certainly acting as if it started weeks ago.
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