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Red Sox Topple Blue Jays 14-3

Adrian Beltre and Bill Hall (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Coming off a rough four-game skid, which saw the Red Sox lose three straight to Tampa Bay, Boston was in need of a win. Maybe they were in need of a lot of runs. Maybe they were in need of a strong outing on the mound. All they needed was a win. They got all of the above.

Jon Lester won his third straight decision, tossing six innings while allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks. It was his final appearance before the All-Star Game, leaving him in line to possibly start for the American League on Tuesday night. Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has yet to announce a decision.

Like a team that seemed frustrated to the point of insane, the Red Sox exploded out of the gate, scoring the game’s first 14 runs to take a 13-0 lead just four innings in the game, and a 14-0 cushion in the sixth inning. Toronto responded with three runs, but I mean, come on…they had no shot at a comeback. Red Sox take it in a breeze, winning 14-3.

The Sox bats touched starter Ricky Romero for nine runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks in just 2.2 innings. The Sox scored two in the second on a Mike Cameron RBI single and two-run shot from Bill Hall. They collected seven more in the third inning to chase Romero, scoring all of them in literally the most annoying ways possible. Let’s anaylze that third inning:

  • Kevin Youkilis hits sacrifice fly to drive in Marco Scutaro. Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 0
  • J.D. Drew grounds into a “fielder’s choice,” Darnell McDonald scored. The catcher dropped the ball at home plate. Sox 5, Jays 0
  • Mike Cameron walks with bases loaded, David Ortiz scores. Sox 6, Jays 0
  • Bill Hall hits sacrifice fly, Adrian Beltre scores. Sox 7, Jays 0
  • Marco Scutaro hits RBI single, Drew and Cameron score. Sox 9, Jays 0
  • McDonald hits RBI single, Kevin Cash scores. Sox 10, Jays 0

Sure, they didn’t score on a wild pitch, hit by pitch, or even a balk (man, that would be really annoying), but the Sox did all that damage with no extra-base hits in the inning. That’s surprising since they jacked four home runs in all, with Hall’s second inning shot joining HRs by Youk, Beltre, and Mike Cameron in the fourth inning (Youk and Beltre went back-to-back).

Sox Stud of the Game: Mike Cameron

Despite Cameron’s nagging abdominal injuries, Terry Francona left his centerfielder in the game due to his white-hot bat. Cameron continued his ways on Friday, going 3-4 with three RBI, three runs scored, and a walk. The honorable mention goes to Bill Hall, who also went 3-4 and finished with four RBI.

Sox Dud of the Game: Ryan Shealy

With the Red Sox up huge, Francona pulled Youk in favor of Shealy, who was making his Red Sox debut. The former super-prospect for the Rockies and Royals flamed out bigtime in the majors, and showed why on Friday night, going 0-3 with a strikeout. Maybe I shouldn’t pick on the youngster like that…oh wait, he’s already 30. Yikes…

Game Notes:

W: Jon Lester (11-3)
L: Ricky Romero (6-6)

  • Francona won his 900th game as a manager.
  • Scituate’s own John McDonald homered for the Jays.
  • The Red Sox improved to 6-1 against Toronto.
  • Toronto allowed a season high in runs (14). The previous high was 13, in a 13-12 loss in April to the Sox.

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2 comments for “Red Sox Topple Blue Jays 14-3”

  1. [...] a 3.51 ERA against Toronto, whereas Romero was 1-4 with an 8.76 ERA against Boston. Romero’s last start against Boston was the shortest of his career, lasting just 2 1/3 innings while giving up nine runs [...]

    Posted by Homers Fly Like Canadian Geese as Red Sox Out-Slug Blue Jays | Goose's Gabs | August 10, 2010, 11:37 pm
  2. [...] a 3.51 ERA against Toronto, whereas Romero was 1-4 with an 8.76 ERA against Boston. Romero’s last start against Boston was the shortest of his career, as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings while giving up nine [...]

    Posted by Homers Fly Like Canadian Geese as Red Sox Out-Slug Blue Jays | Sports of Boston | August 11, 2010, 12:03 am

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