The Sox concluded their homestand with a 10-4 win over Toronto this afternoon.
Jon Lester pitched adequately, yielding four runs over seven innings. He struck out just four, but didn't walk anybody. It at least beat the day Ricky Romero had. The Jays starter walked six and gave up seven hits over three innings. The Red Sox were up 10-1 after the 4th and never looked back.
I didn't watch the game, but the big standout of the box score is the difference in walks. The Blue Jays didn't walk all game; the Sox had seven reach base that way. Someone call Michael Lewis and tell him Moneyball is still working!*
Adrian Gonzalez continues to hit well. He drove in three runs out of the 5-hole, and is 12 for his last 36 at bats. Hopefully he can carry the good vibes out to Seattle, where the Sox kick off a seven-game West Coast road trip against the Mariners and Athletics. If they can perform well out there -- say, 5-2 -- they return to Fenway for a pre-All Star Break four-game series with the Yankees. It could be a good barometer of the team's potential to make a run.
* I hope you note that I realize this is not what Moneyball is about, and that the Red Sox don't apply because they throw money around like it's caviar on John Henry's yacht. Iz joke.