American League Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Sunday, April 7th)
Final Score: Boston 13, Toronto 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs on a
near-perfect 4-of-5 batting effort to go along with four RBI, as the Boston
Red Sox cruised to a 13-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in the
rubber match of a three-game series.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and Mike Napoli also hit home runs for the Red
Sox, who convincingly claimed their second straight series of the season and
third consecutive series clincher at Toronto.
Middlebrooks, who became the first player this season to hit three homers in
one game, also became the first Red Sox player to accomplish the feat since
Dustin Pedroia (June 24th, 2010).
Jon Lester (2-0), tossed seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball and added
six strikeouts with no walks.
"Good Lord," Lester said. "About 2,000 feet of homers it seemed like. He
obviously feels pretty good at the plate. It's fun to watch when we're on that
side of it."
Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (0-2) struggled over 4 2/3 innings allowing eight
runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits while striking out five in defeat. The
knuckleball specialist, who won the NL Cy Young award last season, was also
dealt with a loss in his debut, a 4-1 defeat versus Cleveland on Tuesday.
"Throughout the course of the season, you're going to have a clunker or two
that you have to try to forget as soon as you can," Dickey said. "Obviously,
today was one of those days for me. A lot of this game is about how to handle
adversity and manage regret. That will be it for me tonight."
Jose Reyes and Maicer Izturis each had two hits for the Blue Jays, who fell to
After registering just two hits in a 5-0 loss at Toronto on Saturday, the Red
Sox jumped out early in the first inning with five runs.
Ellsbury led off the game with a double, then following a single from Shane
Victorino, Pedroia singled to right scoring the first run. Napoli drilled a
double to center scoring two runners and Middlebrooks took the first pitch he
saw over the right field wall for a two-run shot to make it 5-0.
Middlebrooks stayed hot in the third with a double down the left field line.
He then advanced to third on a passed ball before Nava hit a sacrifice fly to
right to make it 6-0.
"Well, everyone is going to point to the three home runs today," Boston
manager John Farrell said of Middlebrooks' play. "But you look at the slow
roller that he made, and he also handles a couple of hot shots down at third
base, as well. He's an all-around player, a guy that profiles the position to
Jose Iglesias added another run in the fourth on a Ellsbury single after he
doubled to left field. Middlebrooks followed one inning later with a solo shot
to left to make it 8-0.
Middlebrooks and Nava added to the damage in the seventh with solo homers each
to left-center field in consecutive at bats to push the lead to 10-0. In the
eighth, Ellsbury knocked out his first homer of the season and Napoli joined
the party with a two-run shot to center, which made it 13-0.
Lester is 12-7 in 23 career games against Toronto ... It's the first time
since 2006 that Boston clinched its first two sets to start the year ... The
Sox didn't commit an error in their first five games and were looking to add
to the 1957 club's streak of six straight contests before committing a miscue.
Pedro Ciriaco, though, committed the team's first error of the year in the
ninth with two outs on a throw to first base ... Napoli had four RBI...
Toronto's Jose Bautista missed his third straight game due to an ankle injury
... Blue Jays reliever Dave Bush gave up four home runs after Dickey.
04/07 18:13:22 ET