Overbay's HRs help Blue Jays pummel Lester

BOSTON - After scuffling with the Red Sox all season long, Lyle Overbay hopes that Toronto's 16-run effort against Boston will be a turning point for the Blue Jays.

Overbay, a graduate of Centralia High School, hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Toronto Blue Jays battered Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester, a fellow Washington native, on their way to a 16-2 victory Friday night.

“They’ve been kicking our butt,” Overbay said. “We’ve been struggling really bad against these guys. Hopefully, this will bring some confidence because I think everyone had good at-bats,” said Overbay, who finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored.

Boston had won nine of the first 12 meetings between the teams this season. The Red Sox also lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday with soreness in the foot he broke in late June, a difficult blow for Boston as it tries to reach the postseason.

Overbay had the ninth multi-homer game of his career and second this season. His second homer chased Lester (13-8) after two-plus innings.

Lester, a Puyallup native who graduated from Bellarmine Prep, surrendered eight hits, three walks and nine runs. His previous worst start came against Tampa Bay last season when he gave up eight runs in 4 innings.

“He left a couple of pitches up. It’s not typical of him,” Overbay said.

Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 38th homer in the seventh. John McDonald also homered for the Blue Jays. John Buck, activated from the disabled list prior to the game, was 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs.

It was the most runs given up by the Red Sox this season.

Brett Cecil (10-6) picked up his third victory in 11 starts since June 15 for the Blue Jays.