TORONTO (AP) — John McDonald homered, Rajai Davis had four hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Wednesday night to sweep a two-game series.
The Blue Jays pounded struggling Boston right-hander John Lackey (2-5), who lost his third straight start and matched a season-high by allowing nine runs. He gave up nine hits, walked a season-high five and struck out one.
Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit solo homers, but it wasn’t enough for Boston.
Davis matched his career high by going 4 for 4 with two RBIs, stealing two bases and scoring twice. McDonald was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and scored twice.
Jesse Litsch (4-2) won his second straight, allowing three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four. Casey Janssen pitched 1 1-3 innings, Jon Rauch worked the eighth and Frank Francisco finished the ninth for Toronto.
Boston opened the scoring in the first when Gonzalez hit a two-out double and came home on Kevin Youkilis’ single to left.
Toronto took the lead with a two-run third. After the Blue Jays loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, Corey Patterson hit an RBI single to right and, two batters later, Aaron Hill added an RBI grounder to third.
The Blue Jays tacked on two more in the fourth. After McDonald hit a solo homer to left, his second, Davis singled, stole second and third and scored on Yunel Escobar’s sacrifice fly.
Escobar returned to Toronto’s lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game when he was hit on the left ankle by a pitch from Jon Lester. Boston trimmed the deficit to one run with solo homers by Gonzalez and Ortiz in the sixth. For Gonzalez, it was his seventh of the season and third in two days, with all three hit to the opposite field. One out later, Ortiz chased Litsch with a drive to right.
Toronto blew it open in with a bat-around, five-run seventh, doing all its damage with two outs. David Cooper drew a bases-loaded walk, McDonald chased Lackey with a two-run double to left and Davis capped it with a two-run single off Tim Wakefield. At 44 years and 282 days, Wakefield became the oldest player in Red Sox history, two days older than Deacon McGuire was in his final game for Boston on Aug. 24, 1908.