Red Sox win their eighth in a row
TORONTO -- Imagine what the Boston Red Sox could've done if they were well rested.
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, Jason Varitek homered and drove in four runs, and the sleep-deprived Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 16-4, yesterday for their season-high eighth straight win.
The offensive outburst came in a day game following a night game Friday. The Red Sox arrived in Toronto early Friday morning after their game against the Yankees was delayed nearly 31/2 hours Thursday night.
"This team's tired though, too," Varitek said. "There's a point some of those later [at-bats] it's a grind, we're still playing catch up."
John Lackey (4-5) made up for a terrible first start in Toronto this season. He delivered six strong innings in his second start since going on the disabled list with a strained elbow after giving up nine runs in 62/3 innings.
"I felt good, like it was a step forward, still building some arm strength," Lackey said. "I thought the guys swung the bats pretty good, made it pretty easy on me."
The righthander was charged with four runs, six hits and two walks while having to wait through two innings in which the Red Sox batted around.
Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs and had three hits, and Marco Scutaro had four hits and scored three times. Every Boston starter drove in at least one run.
Varitek ended a horrible afternoon for Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (2-4) with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth that made it 9-2.
Morrow gave up nine earned runs and 10 hits in just 41/3 innings, the 26-year-old's shortest outing of the season. Things got so bad for Toronto, utility man Mike McCoy pitched the ninth inning. -- AP