The Red Sox scored 14 more runs against Kyle Drabek and the Blue Jays Sunday, picking up their ninth straight win and their third straight sweep with a 14-1 victory.
It took the Red Sox' offense a little while to really hit its stride, but there were signs of things to come in the first, when Adrian Gonzalez avoided a 1-2-3 inning in the loudest possible fashion: with a solo shot off Toronto starter Kyle Drabek to right field.
They struck again in the third, taking advantage of two walks to start the frame and scoring Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury on an Adrian Gonzalez ground out and a Kevin Youkilis single, respectively.
Meanwhile, Jon Lester had been running through the Blue Jays' lineup like a hot knife through butter. While it was Toronto who started Lester on the slump that has plagued him for the past month, they may well have ended it tonight. Toronto went down on seven pitches in the first, eight pitches in the second, and 13 pitches in the third without picking up a single baserunner.
Jose Bautista would end their run of futility in the fourth inning, picking up his 21st homer of the year and breaking up Jon Lester's no-hitter in the same breath. This brought the Jays within two runs despite how dominant the first four frames may have seemed, but before the next three outs were recorded the Red Sox would put this one away. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the fifth inning with a single, and then came around to score on Dustin Pedroia's two-run jack to left field. Two batters later and David Ortiz came to the plate with two men on and still nobody out. Drabek's last pitch of the game wasn't a perfect meatball, coming in a little low for that, but it left the park all the same, making it an 8-1 game and ending Drabek's night.
Drabek's replacements would fare little better, however. With Jon Lester continuing to mow down the Jays, allowing just two more baserunners in his eight innings of work, the Red Sox just kept pouring it on. They utilized three singles to push across a ninth run before the fifth inning was over, and then plated three more in the sixth on doubles from Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Jays finally put up some zeroes until the ninth, when it was Kevin Youkilis capping off the offensive explosion with a two-run bomb that put the Sox at the fourteen run mark. Michael Bowden completed another mop-up appearance, and the Red Sox finished off their third straight sweep.