The Toronto Blue Jays (64-57) managed to accomplish a few rare feats in last night’s 16-2 thrashing of the Boston Red Sox (69-54).
First, the Blue Jays beat Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester.
Going into play against Toronto, Lester was 2W-0L with a sparkling 1.38era this season, and he held a 2W-0L, 0.81era lifetime record against the Jays at Fenway Park.
Second, by scoring 16-runs against Boston, the Jays scored the most runs in their long-standing rivalry against their AL East counterparts.
Third, this was the first victory for Jays pitcher Brett Cecil in four career starts against the Red Sox.
Fourth and finally, Jose Bautista hit his league leading 38th homerun of the season, which extends his streak of consecutive-series with a homerun to an impressive 14.
After suffering a power outage in the final two-games against Oakland (both losses), the blue birds smashed 4 homeruns, raising thier leage leading total to 187 (second place goes to Boston with 166).
Two of those Blue Jays homeruns were by 1B Lyle Overbay.
Overbay, who has been under a constant microscope this season and has heard the constant speculation that he will be moved (as aresult of the former Brett Wallace watch), has continued to chug-along. With last night’s 7-rbi performance, Overbay took another positive step towards earning a contract with another team next season by raising his total homerun’s to 15, rbi to 54 and his season averagge to .253.
The Blue Jays will put LHP Ricky Romero (10-7) versus Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-4).