Blue Jays-Red Sox: Toronto Pounds On Another Boston Pitcher In Big Win

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2008

Just one week after giving Red Sox ace Josh Beckett a 15-4 pounding, the Jays managed to turn it on against another good Boston pitcher, Jon Lester (12-5).

The Jays were able to produce 11 runs on 16 hits, and it seems blowing out the opposition is becoming routine for the team.

The Jays were able to capitalize early, and they scored runs in each of the first five innings with most of the damage coming against Lester.

In the first inning against the Red Sox, Wells sent the first pitch he saw from the left-handed Lester, bouncing it off the facing of the second deck in left field, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run blast.

Wells wasn't done there as he managed another home run, this one a solo shot, in the fifth inning off of reliever Chris Smith. Marco Scutaro also got in the action with his sixth home run of the season, also off of Smith.

Both Alex Rios and Kevin Mench contributed big time in the onslaught with three hits a piece and Lyle Overbay had three RBI's.

All these runs were in support of Jesse Litsch (9-7), who was making his first start in nine days since throwing seven shutout innings immediately following his call-up from the minors.

Litsch proved to be just as good this night as he was the last time he pitched, using his cut fastball to help pitch six shutout innings of three hit ball. He also walked three batters and struck out four.

With Jesse Carlson, Brandon League, and BJ Ryan all coming from the bullpen to pitch after Litsch, it was game over for the Red Sox. Each pitcher threw perfect scoreless innings.

Meanwhile, Jon Lester finished the game with only two and one-third innings pitched. He gave up a abysmal seven runs on eight hits, two walks, and two strike outs as well.

Although Smith did do a bad job in relief, Mike Timlin, Javier Lopez, and Manny Declarmen all pitched well in mop up duty.

Up next: AJ Burnett (16-9) goes out to try and win this series for the Jays against Daisuke Matsuzaka (15-2).

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