BOSTON -- The Blue Jays came within two runs of setting a franchise record by sending 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run sixth inning in Monday night's 14-1 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Toronto collected one homer, three doubles, four singles and three walks in the bat-around inning, which forced the Red Sox to use three pitchers. It marked the second time this season the Blue Jays have scored nine runs in an inning. The other time was May 7 against Philadelphia.
The franchise record for most runs in an inning is 11. That's happened three times, with the most recent occurrence July 25, 2007, against the Twins.
"It's great, everybody in the lineup, top to bottom, hitting the ball hard tonight, finding holes and then driving in runs," said second baseman Ryan Goins, who came up twice in the inning and had an RBI double.
Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz started the sixth Monday and was chased after he walked Munenori Kawasaki and gave up back-to-back hits to Josh Thole and Goins. Left-hander Felix Doubront entered and proceeded to allow six hits and walk a pair while retiring just two batters.
That forced the hand of Red Sox manager John Farrell, who once again had to make a move. This time, right-hander Burke Badenhop came in and struck out pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson on five pitches as the inning came to an end.
The biggest blow of the inning came when Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer over the Green Monster. It was Cabrera's second dinger of the game, with the shots coming from opposite sides of the plate.
It was the second time in Cabrera's career that he homered from both sides. Cabrera also did it April 22, 2009, with for the Yankees. The veteran outfielder has six multihit games since the All-Star break and looks rejuvenated at the plate.
"Those four days off were good," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I rested a lot, but I continued to work. It's good because it gave me a breather and I can continue to play hard like I always do."
Along with Goins, Colby Rasmus and Kawasaki hit RBI doubles in the sixth, while Goins drove in the final run in the ininng on a fielder's choice.