May 1, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) hits a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Napoli, Sox hammer Blue Jays 10-1


Watching Big Papi, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp blast home runs from the Rogers Centre launching Pad on Tuesday night looked like so much fun, the rest of the Boston Red Sox thought they’d give it a shot…

…meanwhile, Clay Buchholz didn’t think that Jon Lester giving up six runs on six hits in six innings last night looked like any fun at all, so he decided to pitch seven shutout innings and avoid all of the messy questions in the post-game presser.

Mike Napoli followed up last night’s four strikeout embarassment in style, going deep twice and driving in four, and Buchholz threw another beauty as the Red Sox hammered the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday night in the second game of a three game series.

Toronto won Tuesday night’s series opener 9-7, snapping a five game Sox win streak.

Buchholz improved his league leading record to 6-0, pitching 2-hit ball before yielding to the bullpen for the 8th and 9th in a game that was reminiscint of the last time these teams met earlier in the season – the Sox getting beat in the first game of the series before Boston found their stroke and blew out the Jays to start a seven game winning streak.

Stephen Drew, who has been hugging the Mendoza line since his return from a concussion, gave the Sox the lead in the top of the first with his first dinger of the season, then Napoli to center and Daniel Nava to left in the 4th inning to give Buchholz all the offense he would need…

…but it didn’t stop there.  Napoli registered his second park job of the game in the top of the seventh and Mike Carp went deep for the second game in a row in the ninth to provide the final score.

The series concludes on Thursday night with Ryan Dempster starting for the Sox, facing the big lefty J.A. Happ for the Jays.

The Red Sox can log their 20th win of the season tomorrow night against just 8 defeats, as they lead all of baseball by two games for the best record in the Major Leagues.  If their pitching continues to hold up and the power keeps coming around, it could be a season long lead for the surprising Sox…

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