Blue Jays - 100 102 000 - 4 7 1 Red Sox - 610 210 00x - 10 10 1The Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning, forcing Romero (3-7-9-6-1, 90) to throw 43 pitches. From there it was smooth sailing, as Boston finished its homestand with a 7-2 record, and went five games over .500 (40-35) for the first time this season. With the Rays' loss to Kansas City, Boston is tied for third place; until now, the Sox have been in either fourth or fifth since the beginning of the season.
David Ortiz hit his 399th career home run in the fifth inning. Before that tater, he had walked three times and scored three times. With #400 on everyone's mind, Ortiz struck out swinging in the eighth.
Romero started the first inning by walking Daniel Nava on four pitches and giving up an RBI double to Dustin Pedroia (1-1). Ortiz walked on four pitches and Ross singled, loading the bases. Two runs scored on a two-base error by Edward Encarnacion at first (3-1), and another run scored when Will Middlebrooks grounded out to third (4-1). Then Mike Aviles and Darnell McDonald both hit RBI singles (6-1).
After walks to Ortiz and Ross in the second, Romero gave up a run-scoring single to Gonzalez. Evil Bert also drove in another run with a hit in the fourth, and Aviles added a double to give the Sox a 9-2 lead.
Lester (7-7-4-0-4, 100) gave up a run in the first on a double and single. After a fielder's choice, Lester sent down 16 of the next 17 batters. He allowed two home runs, a solo shot to Jose Bautista in the fourth and a two-run shot to Encarnacion. Mark Melancon and Clay Mortensen finished up on the mound.