Jays bang out 18 hits, sweep Red SoxJul 23, 2012 - 12:25 AM
Rajai Davis, Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus each drove in two runs for Toronto, which banged out 18 hits.
The Blue Jays swept the Red Sox for the first time since September 28-30, 2009.
Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a three-run homer for the Red Sox, while starter Jon Lester (5-8) endured a forgettable outing. Lester allowed a career-high 11 runs on nine hits, including four homers, and five walks in four-plus innings.
"It's embarrassing. I've let my team down a lot this year," said Lester. "It's hard for me to walk around this clubhouse and look guys in the eye right now. I'm not pitching well, I'm not doing my job. The guys score seven runs today, we should win this game."
Lester's afternoon got off to a rough start as Brett Lawrie sent his first pitch of the game over the Green Monster in left field. And the first inning only got worse for the southpaw.
Yunel Escobar walked and Rasmus bunted for a single before Encarnacion stroked a ground-rule double to right. Arencibia hit a run-scoring groundout, Davis pulled an RBI double and Jeff Mathis executed the safety squeeze to perfection, plating Davis with Toronto's fifth run of the frame.
Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (6-7) equally struggled on the mound in the first, enabling the Red Sox to immediately cut into their deficit. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia singled around a groundout, and Gonzalez drove an offering to the right-field seats.
Lester's woes resumed in the second as Toronto increased its lead to 9-3. He walked two batters before allowing back-to-back two-out homers to Arencibia and Davis. Snider took Lester deep after Davis drew a leadoff walk in the fifth.
Ellsbury then opened the bottom of the fifth by belting a solo shot to center for his first home run of the season. The Red Sox had loaded the bases an inning earlier, but produced just one run on Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly.
Boston closed the gap to 11-6 in the sixth when Ryan Sweeney and Aviles hit back-to-back doubles with two outs. The right fielder Davis had lost Sweeney's fly ball in the sun and Aviles followed with a drive off the Green Monster. Nick Punto then singled home Aviles to draw the Red Sox to within four.
The Blue Jays tacked on four more runs in the eighth. Rasmus drove in a pair with a bases-loaded single, while Encarnacion and Snider both lofted sacrifice flies.
Alvarez was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings...The Blue Jays were 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position...Junichi Tazawa struck out five over three scoreless innings for the Red Sox.
- TORONTO: 15
Jul 22 5:06 PM
- Travis Snider sacrifice fly out to left scored Colby Rasmus with two out. Runners on first and second and Jeff Mathis due up.
Blue Jays 15, Red Sox 7 Top 8, 2 OutsJul 22 4:40 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion sacrifice fly out to right scored Yunel Escobar with one out. Runner on first and J.P. Arencibia due up.
Blue Jays 14, Red Sox 7 Top 8, 1 OutJul 22 4:33 PM
- Colby Rasmus single to center scored Omar Vizquel and Brett Lawrie with none out. On the play, Yunel Escobar advances to third. Runners on first and third and Edwin Encarnacion due up.
Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 7 Top 8, 0 OutsJul 22 4:33 PM
- Nick Punto single to left scored Mike Aviles with two out. Runner on first and Jacoby Ellsbury due up.
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 7 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 22 3:55 PM
- Mike Aviles double to left center scored Ryan Sweeney with two out. Runner on second and Nick Punto due up.
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 6 Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 22 3:49 PM
- Jacoby Ellsbury lead-off Home Run (1) to center. Daniel Nava due up.
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 5 Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 22 3:31 PM
- Travis Snider none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to center scored Rajai Davis. Jeff Mathis due up.
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 4 Top 5, 0 OutsJul 22 3:20 PM
- Mike Aviles sacrifice fly out to right scored Adrian Gonzalez with two out. Runners on first and second and Nick Punto due up.
Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 4 Bot 4, 2 OutsJul 22 3:13 PM
- Rajai Davis two-out, solo Home Run (5) to left. Travis Snider due up.
Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 3 Top 2, 2 OutsJul 22 2:26 PM
- J.P. Arencibia two-out, three-run Home Run (15) to left center scored Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion. Rajai Davis due up.
Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 3 Top 2, 2 OutsJul 22 2:22 PM
- Adrian Gonzalez one-out, three-run Home Run (9) to right center scored Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Cody Ross due up.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3 Bot 1, 1 OutJul 22 2:07 PM
- Jeff Mathis sacrifice bunt, catcher to second scored Rajai Davis with two out. On the play, Travis Snider advances to second. Runner on second and Omar Vizquel due up.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 22 1:56 PM
- Rajai Davis double to left scored Edwin Encarnacion with one out. Runner on second and Travis Snider due up.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 1 OutJul 22 1:48 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion ground-rule double to right scored Yunel Escobar with none out. On the play, Colby Rasmus advances to third. Runners on second and third and J.P. Arencibia due up.
Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJul 22 1:43 PM
- Brett Lawrie lead-off Home Run (9) to left. Yunel Escobar due up.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJul 22 1:38 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 22 1:37 PM
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