Six homers, Jon Lester pace Red Sox to rout of Blue Jays
|04.07.13 at 3:52 pm ET|
TORONTO ‘ The first five Red Sox batters in Sunday’s series finale reached and scored against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey. The five-run first ultimately led to a 13-0 win for the Sox over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
With the win — which saw the Red Sox hit six home runs — John Farrell’s crew heads into their home opener at 4-2
Will Middlebrooks highlighted the attack, notching his first career three-home run game. The Red Sox’ third baseman first deposited a two-run blast over the right field fence, then hit a solo shot to left in the fifth, and finally notched his fourth hit of the game in the seventh with his third homer. (He almost had a fourth homer, with his last bid dying on the left field warning track.)
Daniel Nava also contributed in the seventh, helping the Red Sox come away with their first back-to-back home runs of the season when he followed Middlebrooks’ third blast. Also homering for the visitors were Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli.
Jon Lester picked up his second win of the season, not allowing a run over his seven innings. The lefty, who lowered his ERA to 1.50 after two starts, struck out six while not walking a batter.
Here is what went right (and wrong) for the Red Sox:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– Ellsbury led off each of the three games at Rogers Centre by getting on base, this time ripping a first-inning single over shortstop Jose Reyes. He also managed his fourth stolen base of the season.
– Besides producing offensively, Middlebrooks also made a standout defensive play in the fourth inning. The third baseman charged in on Maicer Izturis’ slow roller, bare-handed the ball and threw out the baserunner by a step.
– Dickey was ineffective in his second start with the Blue Jays, allowing eight runs (7 earned) on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. It was just the fourth time the knuckleballer had allowed at least eight runs, having done it once last year against the Braves. The righty ended up throwing 100 pitches.
– Jose Iglesias continued his early-season tear, claiming two more hits to put his batting average at .529.
– After hitting a ball to the warning track in his first at-bat, Nava launched another deep fly ball out in the third inning. The difference the second time was that it produced a run, scoring Middlebrooks from third.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– Since the series in New York, Jackie Bradley has cooled off considerably. The rookie went 0-for-4 with a walk, finishing the series going 1-for-11 with a pair of free passes and five strikeouts. Bradley heads home hitting .150.
– Mike Carp wasn’t able to take advantage of his first at-bat of the season, lining out to second on the first pitch he saw.
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