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TORONTO (AP) _ Typically a bottom of the order guy, shortstop
Marco Scutaro was surprised to see his name in the sixth spot in
the lineup when he showed up for Tuesday’s game.
“I was like ‘Are we trying today?,”’ Scutaro joked.
Not just trying, but succeeding.

Jon Lester tied a season high with 11 strikeouts in seven
innings to win his fourth straight decision, Scutaro and David
Ortiz each matched a career-high with four hits and the Boston Red
Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-0.

“These nights it’s definitely fun to be on our side,” Lester
said.
Lester (15-6) allowed just three hits, all singles, and walked
one to improve to 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in five starts since losing
at Minnesota on Aug. 10. He is also 4-0 in his last six starts
against Toronto.

“He threw strikes, he threw his cutter with some power to it,”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “That was good to see.”
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Josh Reddick homered as the Red Sox
matched a season-high with 20 hits and scored at least two runs in
each of the first five innings. It was the first time in franchise
history Boston has achieved the feat, according to research by the
Elias Sports Bureau provided to the Blue Jays.

“That was a night we needed,” Francona said.
Scutaro has batted sixth just one other time this season, making
the bulk of his starts batting ninth. Moving up in the order seemed
to agree with him as he matched a career-high with three doubles,
drove in four runs and reached base five times.

“I’ve been hitting the ball good for three weeks and it seems
like everything I hit is right at people or they’re making diving
plays,” scutaro said. “It’s nice to have a day like this.”
Francona said he moved Scutaro up to give the lineup better
balance. It certainly paid off.

“He had a great night,” Francona said. “He swung the bat
terrific.”
The Red Sox finished with nine doubles and 11 extra-base hits,
both season-highs.
Kyle Weiland pitched the final two innings for Boston.
Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games and 10th in the
last 15.

After losing 1-0 in 11 innings in the series opener on Monday,
the Red Sox jumped on Blue Jays left-hander Luis Perez (3-3) for
four runs while batting around in the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez
hit an RBI double, Ortiz and Scutaro had back-to-back RBI singles
and Carl Crawford capped it with a run-scoring double.
Gonzalez singled home a run in the second and Kevin Youkilis
followed with an RBI double but was thrown out trying to advance to
third.

Boston made it 8-0 in the third on Saltalamacchia’s 15-homer, a
two-run drive to center. Perez left three batters later after
Dustin Pedroia reached on an error by Blue Jays third baseman Brett
Lawrie.

Perez, winless in three starts, allowed a career-high eight runs
and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Boston piled on with three more against left-hander Rommie Lewis
in the fourth. Ortiz and Scutaro hit consecutive RBI doubles and,
two outs later, Darnell McDonald drove in Scutaro with a single to
right.

Scutaro made it 13-0 in the fifth with a two-run double off
Dustin McGowan, who was pitching in the majors for the first time
since July 8, 2008. The oft-injured right-hander had been sidelined
by two shoulder surgeries and one knee surgery over the past three
years.

“The first inning I was so pumped up I left everything up,”
McGowan said.

After replacing Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth, Reddick made it
14-0 with a solo drive to right off McGowan in the eighth.
McGowan allowed three runs and five hits in four innings. He
walked three and struck out five.

“The most encouraging thing was the way he didn’t really
overwork to get his velocity,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell
said. “That to me us a huge telltale sign to how a guy feels
strength-wise.”

Boston infielder Nate Spears made his major league debut in the
fifth, replacing Crawford. Jed Lowrie, sidelined for the past two
games with a sore left shoulder, came on for Gonzalez in the
seventh.

NOTES: Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett has been diagnosed with a
sprained right ankle and will miss his next scheduled start, Sunday
at Tampa Bay. Beckett left in the fourth inning Monday with
soreness in his ankle. … Toronto SS Yunel Escobar returned to the
lineup after missing two games with a sore left wrist. … Blue
Jays OF Colby Rasmus (right wrist) took swings off a tee before the
game. … Toronto recalled 1B David Cooper, RHP Kyle Drabek and LHP
Brad Mills from Triple-A Las Vegas and purchased the contracts of
RHP Chad Beck, RHP Danny Farquhar and OF Adam Loewen from Triple-A.
All six are expected to arrive Wednesday. To make room on the
roster, the Blue Jays outrighted RHP P.J. Walters to Triple-A and
will transfer OF Rajai Davis (left hamstring) from the 15-day DL to
the 60-day DL.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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