TORONTO — The last time the Boston Red Sox played the Toronto Blue Jays they were in the middle of a 10-game losing streak in May and were swept in a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Now, the Blue Jays are struggling and the Red Sox are surging.
Led by two home runs and four RBIs from designated hitter David Ortiz and one home run and four RBIs from shortstop Stephen Drew, the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 14-1 on Monday.
“The best thing about it is, it’s over,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Right-hander John Lackey (11-6) needed only 78 pitches to go seven innings as he allowed two hits, no walks and one run.
“It was a fun night,” Lackey said. “It’s kind of fun to have these every now and then.”
It was the fifth win in a row for the Red Sox (47-52) and their eighth win in the past nine games while the Blue Jays (51-49) have lost 10 of their past 14 games.
“Guys are playing loose, guys are playing confident and we’re playing to the capabilities over this stretch that we felt would be the case over the course of the year,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
The pair of two-run homers by Ortiz took him past former Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time home run list with 453.
“He’s a Hall of Famer in my eyes,” said Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who had three hits and a solo homer.
“When you’ve got David doing what he’s capable of, he really becomes the hub of what our offense is,” Farrell said.
Drew hit a three-run homer against Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison (6-9) in Boston’s four-run third.
Hutchison allowed nine hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
“I made a few mistakes that got hit like they should,” Hutchison said. “A couple of other pitches got hit. It was a bad night and put us in a terrible position, didn’t really give us a chance to win and in the process made it real tough on our bullpen.
“It wasn’t good, it was bad, it was probably more than bad.”
Left fielder Daniel Nava and third baseman Xander Bogaerts also had three hits each as the Red Sox outhit the Blue Jays 18-3.
The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning. Napoli led off with a double to right center, Nava singled and Drew hit an RBI single. Nava scored from third with two outs on a chopped infield single to Hutchison by catcher Christian Vazquez.
A three-run homer by Drew keyed Boston’s four-run third inning, with five consecutive two-out hits sending Hutchison from the game. Napoli and Nava singled before Drew hit his third homer of the season. Bogaerts singled and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled him home.
The Blue Jays scored once in the third on doubles by catcher Erik Kratz and third baseman Juan Francisco.
A double by right fielder Brock Holt and the first homer of the game by Ortiz bumped the lead to 8-1 fourth.
The Red Sox tacked on six more in the fifth, two on the second homer of the game and the 22nd of the season by Ortiz and another on the 12th homer of the season by Napoli.
Holt made a superb catch at the wall on Blue Jays first baseman Dan Johnson to start the home fifth.
“This is a guy who’s been an infielder his entire life and what he’s done in the outfield has been pretty remarkable, given the few number of games there,” Farrell said. “He’s done a great job defensively and all the way around.”
“That was a pretty fun catch for me,” Holt said.