Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs on a
near-perfect 4-of-5 batting effort to go along with four RBI, as the Boston
Red Sox cruised to a 13-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in the
rubber match of a three-game series.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and Mike Napoli also hit home runs for the Red
Sox, who convincingly claimed their second straight series of the season and
third consecutive series clincher at Toronto.
Middlebrooks, who became the first player this season to hit three homers in
one game, also became the first Red Sox player to accomplish the feat since
Dustin Pedroia (June 24th, 2010).
Jon Lester (2-0), tossed seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball and added
six strike outs with no walks in the victory.
Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (0-2) struggled over 4 2/3 innings allowing eight
runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits while striking out five in defeat. The
knuckleball specialist, who won the NL Cy Young award last season, was also
dealt with a loss in his debut, a 4-1 defeat versus Cleveland on Tuesday.
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