Monday, May 20, 2013
The Associated Press
BOSTON - The Toronto Blue Jays more than made up for the loss of slugger Jose Bautista against the Boston Red Sox.
Jon Lester can’t hide his frustration after a rough outing Sunday. ‘This is getting old. I’m tired of (stinking,)’ he said.
The Associated Press
WHO: Red Sox (Doubront 10-4) at Texas Rangers (Feldman 3-6)
WHEN: 8:05 p.m.
Brett Lawrie hit the game's first pitch for one of Toronto's four homers and the Blue Jays tagged Jon Lester for a career-worst 11 runs in a 15-7 victory that completed a three-game sweep over the Red Sox on Sunday.
J.P. Arencibia, Rajai Davis and Travis Snider also homered for the Blue Jays.
Coming into Boston last in the division and minus one of the game's best power hitters, the Blue Jays pounded the Red Sox by a combined score of 28-11 after being swept in three games by the Yankees.
"It was just a very good offensive day and a very good weekend, considering what we came out of in New York and the loss of Jose," Toronto Manager John Farrell said. "The guys bounced back and we had a very good weekend here."
Bautista who leads the club with 27 homers, is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left wrist.
Toronto (48-47) posted a season high for runs and climbed out of the AL East cellar, moving a half-game ahead of the Red Sox (48-48). The Blue Jays matched a season high with 18 hits.
"I think the boys set the tone. First pitch of the game, Brett comes out swinging," Snider said. "J.P. and the rest of the at-bats we put together against Lester were good at-bats against a good pitcher like Lester. We've struggled (against him) before and to come out of here with a sweep is nice."
Lester (5-8) allowed a career-high four homers and nine hits. He was booed off the field after being pulled with no outs in the fifth, but the left-hander's teammates know they need him to rebound.
"We have to have him back. Everyone goes through hard times," second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "We're not going to turn around if Jon's not himself. We have to have him. We're not going to run away from him and turn our backs on him."
Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and Jacoby Ellsbury a solo shot for the Red Sox, who play their next six games on the road against division leaders.
Boston opens a three-game series against AL West-leading Texas on Monday and has a three-game set versus the East-leading New York Yankees next weekend.
Henderson Alvarez (6-7) pitched 52/3 innings, giving up seven runs and seven hits.
Lawrie belted a 95 mph fastball completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster. Edwin Encarnacion and Davis sandwiched RBI doubles around Arencibia's run-scoring grounder, moving Toronto ahead 4-0. Jeff Mathis then laid down a safety squeeze, scoring Davis to make it 5-0.
NOTE: Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks and LF Carl Crawford were both rested. "He's been playing a lot since the hamstring," Manager Bobby Valentine said of Middlebrooks, who missed seven games earlier this month with a tight left hamstring.