Sox explode for 20 hits in 14-0 win over Blue Jays


Sox explode for 20 hits in 14-0 win over Blue Jays

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

TORONTO -- A day after being shutout, the Red Sox offense flipped the switch and exploded for 20 hits in a one-sided 14-0 throttling of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Sox scored runs in each of the first five innings as they reached double figures in runs scored for the third time in their last four games at Rogers Centre.

The 20 hits for the Sox matched a season high, established first on May 25 at Cleveland.

In their nine wins over Toronto this season, the Red Sox have outscored the Jays by a collective score of 78-25.

Jon Lester allowed just three hits and fanned 11 in seven innings, improving to 15-6. The shutout was the 13th by Red Sox pitching this season. Kyle Weiland finished up.

Every member of the Red Sox starting lineup collected at least one hit except for Dustin Pedroia who was 0-for-4 before being lifted after the top of the sixth inning. Six different Red Sox hitters had multiple hits.

Marco Scutaro and David Ortiz each had four-hit games, with Scutaro knocking in four runs.

Despite the 14-run outburst, the Sox hit just two homers -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a two-run shot in the third, his 15th; Josh Reddick, a late-inning replacement, added a solo shut in the eighth.

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.