- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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Boston posted a 7-2 record on the homestand.
While the Red Sox produced plenty of offense on Wednesday, starting pitcher Jon Lester improved to 5-5 after working seven solid innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits with zero walks and four strikeouts.
The pitching wasn’t so sharp for the Blue Jays.
Ricky Romero had entered the game with an impressive 8-1 record and a 4.34 ERA. Toronto’s southpaw also had won four of his previous six starts against Boston, but the Red Sox got to him early and often on Wednesday afternoon.
The Sox scored a total of six runs (five earned) in the bottom of the first inning and the Blue Jays starter couldn’t recover. Romero lasted only three innings and allowed nine runs (eight earned) with six walks and one strikeout.
ONE SHY: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is now one home run shy of 400. He crushed a solo homer off Toronto reliever Jesse Chavez with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning on Wednesday. The shot was his 21st of the season and it landed in the tunnel behind the Red Sox’s bullpen. In his three previous plate appearances, Ortiz drew three consecutive walks.
With the Sox leading 10-4, Ortiz led off the bottom of the eighth inning and the fans in attendance that realized the DH was on the verge of the milestone stood and gave him a nice ovation. Unfortunately, he struck out swinging. Red Sox fans may not see No. 400 in person since the club is on the road for the next seven games. It would be cool if he waited until the Sox return home for a four-game series against the New York Yankees on July 6-8.
HOMER ROBBED: Red Sox right fielder Darnell McDonald turned in the defensive play of the game in the top of the ninth inning. Toronto pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson led off the inning and lifted a high, fly ball to deep right field. McDonald made it back to the wall in front of the Blue Jays’ bullpen, set himself and made a leaping catch to rob Johnson of a possible home run.
CRAWFORD REHAB: Carl Crawford started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a double and strikeout for the GCL Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. It was his second minor league rehab game, his first playing the outfield. He served as the team’s DH and went 0-for-3 with a run and two walks last Saturday.
DEVEN GOES DEEP: Boston’s first overall selection in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, Deven Marrero, hit his first home run of his pro career in only his third game for the Lowell Spinners on Tuesday night.
UP NEXT: With a nine-game homestand now in the books, the Red Sox head out on the road for a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners and three against the Oakland Athletics. Boston’s starting rotation for the first four games of the road trip is as follows: Franklin Morales (1-1, 3.12 ERA), Aaron Cook (1-1, 9.39), Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.14) and Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.54).