Blue Jays crush Red Sox for 11th straight win
BOSTON -- The surging Blue Jays did it again on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, overpowering the Red Sox for a 13-5 victory that ran their winning streak to 11 games.
Toronto scored six in the fourth and four in the fifth as rookie lefty Eduardo Rodriguez got thumped around and Boston defenders lost multiple popups in the bright sun. As hot as the Blue Jays are, the 27-37 Red Sox are nearly that cold, having lost six in a row.
All nine batters in the Blue Jays' lineup had hits. Chris Colabello and Russell Martin both scored three times and had multiple hits. Ryan Goins and Danny Valencia both belted home runs.
"The big one today was Goins," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of the three-run shot in the fourth inning. "He doesn't hit too many of them. ... It's a long lineup. And we're feeling good right now, we're hot. When you're hot, things can go your way. It's a good feeling in there and everybody's confident. It was a fun series."
Rodriguez had been historically magnificent in his first three Major League starts, but gave up eight hits and nine runs over 4 2/3 innings in this one.
The Red Sox created some excitement by putting up a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-5 game. But the Blue Jays spread it out again with three in the seventh.
"Today, we got beat up," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Looking back at the energy inside the game, the energy is there. We didn't handle every ball cleanly. That goes without saying. We're not in a good place right now as a team. It's not because we're not giving effort. We're not executing completely."
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Goins, Goins, gone: Goins isn't exactly known for his power, but it was his shot over the wall in right field during the fourth inning that helped break the game wide open. Toronto had three runs in when Goins stepped to the plate with a pair of runners on. The defensive specialist then lifted a 2-1 fastball from Rodriguez and sent it into the Blue Jays' bullpen for his second home run of the year. Goins later added a two-run double to finish with a career-high five RBIs.
Boston can't turn two: The Red Sox had a chance at completing a much-needed double play during the six-run fourth, but Edwin Encarnacion broke up the attempt on a hard slide into second. Farrell came out onto the field, seemingly to argue that Encarnacion's slide toward shortstop Xander Bogaerts went outside the basepath. Rodriguez went on to allow four more runs in the inning, with most of the damage coming on Goins' three-run blast.
"I thought he might've come off the baseline right there," Bogaerts said. "I could've turned the double play easily, but he got way close on me."
Piling it on: The Blue Jays followed up their six-run fourth inning with four more runs in the fifth. The rally started with a two-out walk to Encarnacion, and Colabello added an RBI single and Russell Martin contributed with an RBI double. The final blow in the fifth came when left fielder Danny Valencia hit a two-run shot over the Green Monster to give Toronto double digits in runs for the 12th time this year.
Papi power: Though it was a difficult weekend for the Red Sox, the one positive development was David Ortiz regaining his power stroke. The slugger cranked a three-run homer in the fifth to slim Toronto's lead to 10-5. It was Ortiz's third homer in the last four games. Ortiz now has 475 career homers, tying him with Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 29th on the all-time list. More >
"He is much more free," Farrell said. "Today against [Marco Estrada], he gets a fastball up in the zone that he hits out of the ballpark. He is on some pitches much more consistently here."
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The Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak matches their all-time high. It has been done three other times, with the most recent streak happening in June 2013. During the current 11-game stretch, Toronto is hitting .473 (44-for-93) with runners in scoring position. More >
"I don't necessarily remember that one. I do know it was 11. I think that one got us back to .500 and this one got us a few over. They're all nice, it's hard to do, it really is. But things have been going our way, playing good baseball. We'll see where it takes us." -- Gibbons, on how this 11-game winning streak compares to the one in 2013
• Gibbons won his challenge during the top of the third inning to overturn a disputed call at second base. With two outs, Kevin Pillar attempted to steal second but was called out by umpire Jeff Kellogg. Gibbons asked for a review, and the replays showed Pillar's front foot touched the base before the tag was applied. The call on the field was overturned, and Pillar was credited with his ninth stolen base of the year.
• Thinking that Bogaerts had been hit by a pitch, the Red Sox challenged a called foul ball during the fourth inning. The original ruling was confirmed after one minute and eight seconds of review -- the ball appeared to deflect off the butt of Bogaerts' bat when shown on replay -- and the shortstop grounded out to first to end his at-bat.
Blue Jays: Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the call for the opener of a two-game series against the Mets in New York on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET. One of Toronto's former top prospects, Noah Syndergaard, will counter for the Mets in his first appearance against the team that drafted him in 2010. This also will mark another return to Citi Field for former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.
Red Sox: Right-hander Rick Porcello takes the mound at Fenway Park on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET as Boston opens up a four-game home-and-home series against the Braves. Porcello will aim to snap a personal four-game losing streak as the Sox try to climb their way out of the American League East cellar.
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