American League Game Summary - Toronto at Boston|
(Wednesday, June 27th)
Final Score: Boston 10, Toronto 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez had three RBI and the Red Sox
rode a six-run first inning to a 10-4 shellacking of the Blue Jays on
Mike Aviles went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while David Ortiz homered
and walked three times for the Red Sox, who have won nine of their last 11,
including the final two of this three-game series.
Jon Lester (5-5) got the win, allowing four runs on seven hits over seven
innings. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.
"He hasn't been getting runs," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "We got
him runs right off the bat and he did the rest. He threw the ball very well
Ricky Romero (8-2) had won four straight decisions, but he was tagged for nine
runs -- eight earned -- over three-plus innings in the loss.
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion both homered for Toronto.
Romero scarcely resembled the hurler who had posted a 2.72 ERA in his three
previous starts against Boston, all of which resulted in wins.
He was spotted an early lead when Brett Lawrie began the game with a double
and scored on Colby Rasmus' infield single, but Boston emphatically answered
"He wasn't the same pitcher today and we recognized that early," said
Valentine. "We took a lot of pitches and hardly swung at a ball out of the
strike zone the first three innings."
The strategy worked, beginning with a leadoff walk by Daniel Nava, who scored
on Dustin Pedroia's double to right. Ortiz then walked and Cody Ross singled
to load the bases. Gonzalez followed with a chopper towards first base, which
bounced under the glove of Encarnacion, allowing two more runs to cross the
Mike Aviles and Darnell McDonald added consecutive RBI singles and Boston had
a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
More walks followed an inning later, to Ortiz and Ross, and Gonzalez
capitalized with a single to right, making it 7-1.
Romero was pulled after more of the same in the fourth, issuing a leadoff walk
to Ortiz before a Ross double off the Green Monster placed runners at second
and third. Gonzalez greeted Jesse Chavez with an RBI single and Aviles doubled
later in the frame to score Ross.
Ortiz pushed Boston's final run across with a solo shot in the fifth -- his
21st of the season.
Bautista hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning -- a leadoff blast which
cleared the Green Monster, exited the stadium, and dented the roof of a black
SUV located in an adjacent parking lot.
Encarnacion homered on the heels of Bautista's double in the sixth and Kelly
Johnson appeared to knock a solo blast in the ninth, but McDonald extended
high over the right field fence and pulled back the long fly ball.
The Red Sox are now a season-high five games over .500, at 40-35...Bautista
hit his 13th home run this June, the most homers by a player in any single
month in club history...Bautista and Encarnacion have combined to hit 47 home
runs this season, which is the most by any duo in the majors.
06/27 17:45:27 ET