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The Red Sox snapped their two game skid on Tuesday, topping the Blue Jays 14-0 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The offense was productive from top to bottom, with each starter except Dustin Pedroia recording a base hit. Marco Scutaro led the way with a 4-5 performance, driving in four runners with a trio of doubles. Scutaro scored twice while slugger David Ortiz collected a quartet of hits in a 4-5 effort, doubling twice and knocking in two. Ortiz also scored three times.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-5 while leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury scored twice in a 2-4 evening. Jarrod Saltalamacchia smashed his 15th home run of the season with a third inning, two-run home run off Blue Jays’ starter Luis Perez. Josh Reddick also recorded his eighth home run of the year with an eighth inning solo shot.
Boston starter Jon Lester continued his recent streak of good outings, tossing seven innings of shutout, three-hit ball. The southpaw struck out 11 while walking just one to improve to 15-6 on the year. The 11 strikeouts matched a season high.
Kyle Weiland pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the shutout.
Ellsbury led off the game with a double and scored one out later on a Gonzalez double for the first run of the game. Kevin Youkilis walked to put two on before both runners advanced to scoring position on a Perez wild pitch to Ortiz. Big Papi capitalized by singling to right to plate Gonzalez. Scutaro immediately made it 3-0 with a single to left to score Youkilis, and then Carl Crawford capped the first inning scoring with a double to right to score Ortiz for the 4-0 lead.
After a scoreless bottom half, the Sox would plate two more in the second for a 6-0 lead. Ellsbury led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch to Pedroia. Pedroia eventually grounded out to put Ellsbury at third to bring Gonzalez up, who subsequently singled for the RBI. Youkilis doubled to deep center for the sixth run of the night before Ortiz flew out to end the inning.
The game remained 6-0 until the third when the Red Sox put up another pair for the 8-0 lead. Scutaro doubled to lead off and advanced to third when Crawford grounded out. Saltalamacchia came to the dish and hit a bomb to center.
Starter Jon Lester dominated through three, striking out five in that span as the lead continued to mount.
In the fourth, Youkilis led off with an infield single and scored when Ortiz doubled to deep center. Scutaro made it 10-0 with another doubled to right center, and plated two outs later on a Darrnel McDonald double for the 11-0 advantage.
Boston scored two more in the fifth to lead 13-0. Gonzalez singled to start the inning and advanced to third on a one out double from Ortiz. Scutaro belted his third double of the night when a two run double to left to score both runners. Reddick homered in the eighth to cap the scoring.
The Red Sox will play Toronto in game three on this four game set on Wednesday, sending Tim Wakefield (6-6, 4.95 ERA) to the mound opposed by Brandon Morrow (9-10, 4.78 ERA).