Drew provides breathing room

BOSTON -- With the Red Sox holding on to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, J.D. Drew gave Boston more breathing room with a two-run home run en route to a 6-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Fenway Park.

“That was a nice swing,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

The shot was Drew’s 19th of the season, and he’s reached that number of homers in each of his last three seasons. He becomes the first Red Sox right fielder with at least 19 homers in three straight years since Dwight Evans accomplished it from 1984-1986.

Drew is batting .300 with two home runs and five RBIs in 11 games this month.