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It’s been a long time since the Red Sox were eight games under .500 just 12 games into the season at 2-10. Here we are on June 12, and the Red Sox now have the best record in baseball at 38-26. The Sox are riding on the heels of an eight-game win streak, with the latest win perhaps its most impressive yet.
In John Lackey’s return to Toronto, where he last pitched on May 11 (6.2 IP, 9 ER) before hitting the disabled list, the Red Sox offense scored enough runs to ensure that even Lackey would be a winner on Saturday. Lackey, though, was good, allowing four runs on six hits in 6.0 innings to pick up the win. The Sox bats, though, were much, much better.
Boston cranked out 18 hits and 6 walks to blow out the Blue Jays 16-4.
Brandon Morrow got the start for the Jays, and held the Sox at bay over the first two innings before Boston put up four runs in the third. Each of those runs was scored in a different way: an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double, a bases-loaded HBP for Jed Lowrie, a sacrifice fly for Carl Crawford, and an RBI single for Marco Scutaro (4-5, 3 runs).
The Sox added one more in the fourth (a Dustin Pedroia RBI double), and seven more in the fifth on the backs of two three-run home runs from Jason Varitek and David Ortiz.
The Red Sox added one in the sixth and three more “insurance” runs in the eighth to cap the scoring. In the end, Morrow was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits and three walks in 4.1 innings.
Batting ninth, Varitek went 2-3 with two walks, three runs scored, and four RBI. His back-breaking three-run HR in the fifth broke the game wide open, turning a 6-2 score into a 9-2 score.
In a game where every Sox hitter seemed to excel, Lowrie came up short again. If he’s still battling injuries, it certainly is affecting his performance at the plate. Lowrie finished 0-5 with a HBP and RBI.
W: John Lackey (4-5)
L: Brandon Morrow (2-4)