Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, June 10
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Toronto1
Game 2: Saturday, June 11
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Toronto4
Game 3: Sunday, June 12
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Toronto1

Red Sox 14

(39-26, 20-13 away)

Blue Jays 1

(32-34, 15-17 home)

    1:07 PM ET, June 12, 2011

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: J. Lester (9-2)

    L: K. Drabek (4-5)

    David Ortiz, Jon Lester help rolling Red Sox win 9th in row

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox are steamrolling that 0-6 start into irrelevance.

    Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis each homered and drove in four runs and the Red Sox teed off on the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight day Sunday, 14-1 for their ninth straight win.

    "That's why everybody was going crazy when we were losing all those games at the beginning of the season," Ortiz said. "Because you go position by position, this team can match against anybody."

    Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia also homered for Boston in support of Jon Lester, who pitched two-hit ball over eight innings. Gonzalez drove in two runs and Pedroia three for the Red Sox, who never trailed in the series against their division rivals.

    Lester (9-2) kept the Blue Jays off balance all afternoon while winning his league-best ninth game. The ace left-hander walked just one batter and struck out eight while earning his second win in three starts against the Blue Jays this season.

    "Guys came out and swung the bats well and kind of it seemed took the life out of them a little bit and we were able to take advantage of that," Lester said. "I don't think I've ever really seen a stretch like these past nine games that we've been playing as far as scoring runs and the way our pitchers have been throwing the ball."

    Boston's league leading offense had 17 hits a day after amassing 18. After scoring seven runs in the fifth inning Saturday, Boston scored six more in the fifth in the series finale.

    Toronto's Jose Bautista ended a 13-game homerless drought with his 21st of the season in the fourth.

    The first seven Red Sox in the inning all reached base, the first five against Blue Jays rookie starter Kyle Drabek.

    "I'm very frustrated right now," Drabek said. "I couldn't tell you the last real quality game that I've had. It's frustrating walking people, giving up hits, not giving your team a chance to win."

    Jacoby Ellsbury singled to start it off before Dustin Pedroia homered to extend Boston's lead to 5-1. Gonzalez doubled and Youkilis walked ahead of Ortiz. Big Papi then hit his 17th home run of the season and fourth in six games.

    "I'm not thinking about anything right now, trying to keep my mind clean, as clean as day and play," he said. "I don't want to think about anything and get it stuck in my head and then next thing you know you work out of your rhythm."

    Ortiz's current run is causing many of his teammates to marvel at the 35-year-old.

    "Every ball he hits is on the barrel the other way and when he's turning on balls, he's a force, man," said Pedroia. "He's not just a home run hitter, he's a hitter and I think he knows that makes our team go."

    With Ortiz's homer, Drabek was done after four-plus innings. Drabek (4-5) gave up eight runs, seven hits and four walks.

    The 23-year-old son of former NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek threw just 45 of his 91 pitches for strikes as his ERA jumped 4.98 to 5.70.

    Little changed after reliever Luis Perez took over for the Blue Jays. The left-hander who had not allowed a run in 12 2/3 innings gave up an RBI single to Marco Scutaro.

    Youkilis, Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each added RBI doubles off Perez in the sixth that pushed Boston's lead to 12-1.

    Gonzalez connected in the first for his 13th home run. The American League RBI leader has driven in at least one run in nine consecutive games, extending his new career-high and setting a new season-best mark for the AL.

    Gonzalez also had an RBI groundout.

    Youkilis capped the scoring with his ninth home run of the season, off Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch.

    Lester retired the first 11 batters he faced before Bautista trimmed Boston's lead to 3-1 with his 21st home run of the season.

    "I'm seriously not making this season out to me hitting home runs," said Bautista, last year's major league leader with 54 home runs. "I'm trying to win games and we didn't get it done today. The fact that I got a home run, it could have been a single, it would have been the same difference. We only scored one run today and it wasn't enough."

    Game notes


    Red Sox manager Terry Francona sat Jed Lowrie on Sunday and said the shortstop could get another day off to help his sore right shoulder heal. ... Ortiz interrupted Francona's morning meeting with the media to give the manager a pair of Boston Bruins hats to try on. The Bruins are playing in the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gonzalez's nine-game RBI streak is the second longest in team history behind only Dwight Evans' 10-game run from Sept. 15-26, 1989. ... The Baltimore Orioles announced Chris Jakubauskas will start Tuesday's opener of their three-game series at Toronto. Ellsbury's fifth-inning singled extended his hitting streak to 10 games Boston's nine-game winning streak is the franchise's longest since an 11-game run Apr. 15-27, 2009.

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    Game Information

    StadiumRogers Centre, Toronto, ON
    Attendance30,364 (61.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:54
    Weather63 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind15 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Carlson

    Research Notes

    From Elias: The Red Sox have won nine straight, scoring at least five runs in each game and a total of 83 runs in that span. In the last 50 years, that's tied for the third-most runs by a team in the first nine games of a win streak.
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    This is the 9th straight game the Red Sox have won, and they've scored at least 5 runs in each of them. In the live ball era (since 1920), their longest win streak with at least 5 runs scored in each game is 11, which was done in 1950:
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    The Red Sox have scored at least 14 runs and recorded at least 15 hits in 5 games this season -- the next closest team in the majors is the Rays, who have done it 2 times:
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    Despite the team scoring 14 runs, J.D. Drew went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts on Sunday in Toronto. The last major leaguer to do that was Justin Duchscherer (initials J.D.) on June 17, 2008 for the Athletics when they beat the Diamondbacks 15-1 - and he was the AL pitcher batting in an interleague game. It gets better... the last POSITION player to do it? J.D. Drew. He was 0-4 with 4 K in a 14-5 Dodgers win over the Marlins on May 17, 2005. Incidentally, the last Red Sox player to go hitless with 4 strikeouts in a game the team scored 14 runs was Todd Benzinger on August 13, 1988. The Red Sox won 16-4 vs the Tigers that day.
    From Elias: The Red Sox are the 3rd team in the last 5 seasons to sweep a 3-game series and outscore their opponent by at least 29 runs in the process:
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    Dustin Pedroia's 5th-inning home run off of Kyle Drabek of the Toronto Blue Jays did something his previous 58 career home runs had never done: it traveled over 400 feet. The official Home Run Tracker distance for Pedroia's home run is 415 feet, with a speed off the bat of 106.5 MPH. His previous longest home run distance was 396 feet, a distance he reached twice in his major league career. The first occurrence was on June 24, 2010 off of Jason Hammel at Coors Field. The most recent occurrence came on May 25, 2011 off of Mitch Talbot at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The 106.5 MPH speed off bat registered on Pedroia's home run Sunday was the fastest such ball he's ever hit. His previous fastest speed off bat came on April 10, 2010 off of Luis Mendoza at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. That home run traveled 386 feet.

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