Ortiz, Drew (4 RBIs each) lead Red Sox hit parade against Blue JaysBy LARRY MILLSON
The Sports Xchange
July 21. 2014 11:14PM
TORONTO — David Ortiz hit two home runs and had four runs batted in, and Stephen Drew hit one homer and also had four RBIs on Monday to help the Boston Red Sox defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 and extend their winning streak to five games.
Right-hander John Lackey (11-6) allowed two hits, no walks and one run in seven innings to earn the win in the opener of a four-game series between American League East rivals. Lackey used only 78 pitches.
The pair of two-run homers by Ortiz, both against left-handed reliever Brad Mills, took the Red Sox designated hitter past former Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time home run list with 453.
Drew, the Red Sox’s shortstop, hit a three-run homer against Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison (6-9) in Boston’s four-run third.
Hutchison, a former New Hampshire Fisher Cat, allowed nine hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Boston first baseman Mike Napoli hit the third homer of the game allowed by Mills, who gave up eight runs in two innings. Napoli, left fielder Daniel Nava and third baseman Xander Bogaerts each had three hits as the Red Sox outhit the Blue Jays 18-3.
The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning. Napoli led off with a double to right center, left fielder Daniel Nava singled and Drew hit an RBI single. Nava scored from third with two outs on a chopped infield single to Hutchison by catcher Christian Vazquez.
A three-run homer by Drew keyed Boston’s four-run third inning, with five consecutive two-out hits sending Hutchison from the game. Napoli and Nava singled before Drew hit his third homer of the season. Bogaerts singled and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled him home. Mills replaced Hutchison.
The Jays scored once in the third on doubles by Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco.
A double by right fielder Brock Holt and the first homer of the game by Ortiz bumped the lead to 8-1 fourth. The Red Sox tacked on six more in the fifth, two on the second homer of the game and the 22nd of the season by Ortiz and another on the 12th homer of the season by Napoli.
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NOTES: The Red Sox signed 31 of 41 players selected in the 2014 draft by last Friday’s signing deadline, including all 21 players taken in the first 20 rounds, and spent $7,814,000 in bonuses. It is the first time the team has signed each of its selections from the first 20 rounds in at least 25 years. ... RHP Jake Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) will start tonight for Boston while LHP J.A. Happ (7-5, 4.91 ERA) starts for Toronto.