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Red Sox rout Blue Jays, sweep series

Jun 13, 2011 - 12:26 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and knocked in four to help back eight strong innings from Jon Lester, as Boston demolished Toronto, 14-1, to complete the three-game sweep at Rogers Centre.

Kevin Youkilis added a two-run homer and finished with four RBI, while Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run blast for the Red Sox, who extended their season-high winning streak to nine games. Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a solo shot and drove in a pair.

Boston, which took a 16-4 decision on Saturday, pounded out 17 hits in the victory and outscored the Blue Jays 35-6 in the series.

Lester (9-2) was sensational, allowing only two hits and one run -- a homer to Jose Bautista. The left-hander, who struck out eight and walked one, has now won five of his last six starts.

"He was good today. He threw strikes, he stayed in his delivery, didn't overthrow and didn't walk anybody until the last inning. That was really exciting to see," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said about Lester.

Edwin Encarnacion had the other hit for Toronto, which has dropped four in a row.

Kyle Drabek (4-5) was raked for eight runs on seven hits and four walks over four-plus innings. He finished with five strikeouts, but allowed three home runs.

Gonzalez hit a towering homer over the right-center field wall in the first. It was the ninth straight game he has knocked in at least one run.

Boston tacked on two more in the third, as Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury walked to start the inning. Pedroia then struck out, but a wild pitched moved both runners into scoring position before Gonzalez chased in Scutaro with a groundout to second. Youkilis followed with an RBI single through the left side to make it a 3-0 game.

Meanwhile, Lester retired the first 11 batters, but Bautista broke the string in the fourth with a shot that hit the top of the fence in straight away center and bounced over for his 21st home run of the season.

"I'm seriously not making the season to be about myself and home runs. I'm trying to win games and we didn't get it done today," said Bautista.

However, the Red Sox responded with six in the fifth, sending 10 men to the plate. Ellsbury led off with a base hit and came home on Pedroia's homer to left. After Gonzalez doubled and Youkilis drew a walk, Ortiz jumped on a fastball and crushed it over the wall in right for an 8-1 lead and end Drabek's outing.

Luis Perez entered and served up consecutive singles to the first two batters, leaving runners on the corners. Then two batters later, Scutaro brought in another with a base hit up the middle.

RBI doubles by Youkilis, Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the sixth stretched the Red Sox lead to 12-1.

Youkilis then belted a two-run homer to left in the eighth.

Lester retired 11 of the last 12 hitters faced before Michael Bowden took over in the ninth and set the Blue Jays down in order to finish off the rout.

Game Notes

Dating back to 2009, the Red Sox have dominated the series with Toronto by winning 30 of the 45 matchups...Boston improved to 20-13 on the road this season...The Red Sox went 7-for-19 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Toronto went 0-for-2 with RISP and stranded two.