Sunday, June 12, 2011

Red Sox Rout Jays On Way to Eighth Straight

Sports Illustrated

Red Sox 16 Blue Jays 4
Winning Pitcher: John Lackey (4-5)
Losing Pitcher: Brandon Morrow (2-4)

The Red Sox have been on fire lately, and they brought their bats to play on Saturday afternoon in Toronto. It took a couple of innings, but the Red Sox got their offense started in the third inning against Brandon Morrow. The score was tied at 0 at the time, thanks in part to a nice start from John Lackey. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia had back to back singles, and Adrian Gonzalez doubled in the Red Sox center fielder. After David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Morrow hit Jed Lowrie with the bases full to allow another run to cross the plate.  The next two batters, Carl Crawford and Marco Scutaro, each knocked in a run, and the Red Sox finished the inning with an early 4-0 advantage. Boston scored another run in the fourth thanks to a double from Dustin Pedroia, and Lackey let his guard down for the first time in the game during the bottom of the inning. He let up a double and a walk, then Rajai Davis hit another double to cut the Red Sox lead to 5-3. That was all the Jays would get in the inning, and the Sox put a five-spot on Toronto in the fifth, including a three run blast from Jason Varitek. That pretty much put the game away, even though the Red Sox kept scoring for the remainder of the game. John Lackey had his second consecutive pretty good start after a horrid start to the year. He finished this one with six innings, allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and eight strike outs.

Home Runs
Boston: Jason Varitek (3), David Ortiz (16)
Toronto: Edwin Encarnacion (2)


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