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Red Sox score 16 in Toronto to win eighth straight

Jun 11, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

Jason Varitek, David Ortiz Reuters

The Red Sox steamroller looked nearly unstoppable Saturday.  In their 16-4 drubbing of the Blue Jays, they…

- Tied the Phillies for the best record in baseball at 38-26.

- Torched Brandon Morrow for a career-high nine runs allowed in 4 1/3 innings.  He had never allowed more than seven runs in an outing.  Morrow also gave up a career-high 10 hits.

- Became the first team this season to score three runs off reliever Jason Frasor.  Frasor, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, saw his ERA jump from 2.10 to 3.08.

- Became the first teamthis year to score three runs off reliever Casey Janssen.  Janssen entered the day with a 2.10 ERA.  After giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning, he’s at 3.04.

- Forced the Blue Jays to turn to infielder Mike McCoy in the ninth.  McCoy actually pitched a perfect frame, retiring Carl Crawford, Marco Scutaro and J.D. Drew.

- Extended their winning streak to eight games, matching the longest by a major league team this season.  Only the Indians, from April 3-11, had won eight in a row previously.  The Red Sox previously had a seven-game winning streak from May 13-20.

- Expanded their major league lead in runs after taking over the top spot in the sweep against the Yankees.  They’ve scored 336 runs, 15 more than the Bombers. It is worth noting there that the Red Sox have played two more games than the Yankees.

- Had 18 hits to (momentarily) take over the major league lead with 618 hits in 64 games.  The Cardinals should take back over the lead tonight, but they’ve collected their 617 hits in 65 games.

Things went so well in this one that even Jason Varitek drove in four runs.  He had one RBI in all of April.

Scutaro ended up with four hits, even though his hardest hit ball — a comebacker that bounced off Morrow’s thigh — went for an out.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with three RBI, leaving him 6-for-9 in two days since he returned from a knee scope.

The Red Sox will go for their third straight sweep Sunday behind Jon Lester. They’ll be facing a rookie in Kyle Drabek who could well find himself demoted to Triple-A if he can’t stop the bleeding and turn in a solid six-inning showing for the Jays.

 

  1. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Got to be honest , it has been a fun week of baseball , this offense is fun to watch , no doubting that .

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Ouch! At least the Jays found a possible new closer in McCoy.

    • ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

      Proudly ….. I have to be honest with you , I gained some serious respect for the blue jays fans today at that game , with the score at 16-4 there were still a bunch of fans supporting the team and cheering on McCoy ( he actually had a few great pitches ) .

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        Thank you.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        So all 5 fans stayed thru the whole game?? WOW!!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      what good is a closer when you never have the lead? the blowjays need so much help its not even funny, they cant hit, their pitching is overrated BIG time its amazing they hang around .500 when you think about it

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    We Sox fans are LOVING this. Of course they’re gonna swoon at some point, but this is just damned fun. They’re firing on all cylinders right now.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      Enjoy it after your team’s horrible start to the season. Is “Francoma” forgiven?

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:26 PM

        Riiight.

        I don’t speak for Sox fans. I didn’t blame Francona…it was a freak occurrence…no one could figure out why the team started so cold, but it’s in the past.

        If we miss the playoffs by one or two games, then that bad start will be the reason.

  4. JBerardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    My favorite part about this is that Kevin Youkilis didn’t even start. When you can bench your cleanup hitter and still hang 16 runs on your opposition, that’s a good thing.

  5. jwbiii - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    They are who we thought they were.

  6. cur68 - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    The Beavermen got pwned. The score reflects the fact that the BoSox are probably the best team in the AL right now. Unfortunately it also reflects the ice cold nature of my Beaverboys as well. They simply slept through this one. So depressed I’m actually watching the Dodgers v the Rockies right now and enduring the direful commentary of the 2 disinterested guys calling the game. There’s so much dead air I start to wonder if they’ve dozed off. Still, nice to see a close game…even with the ridiculous errors. sigh…

  7. JBerardi - Jun 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    …And, it’s 11-1 Boston today.

    No, wait, it’s 12-1.

    Just remarkable.

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