BOSTON (AP) _ Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia hit
two-run homers Monday night to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-6
victory over Boston despite two home runs by David Ortiz that tied
him for the most multihomer games in Red Sox history.
It was the fourth win in six games for Toronto, which overcame
two errors and blew an early four-run lead.
Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a solo shot, his 37th multihomer
game for the Red Sox, tying Ted Williams for the club record. He
has 398 career homers that ties Dale Murphy for 51st all-time.
Henderson Alvarez (4-6) pitched five innings then left with
right elbow soreness. He allowed five runs _ three earned _ and six
hits to snap a four-game losing streak. The Blue Jays had lost his
last seven starts.
Casey Janssen worked the ninth for his eighth save.
Boston’s Felix Doubront (8-4) gave up seven runs _ five earned _
and 11 hits in six innings.
Boston lost for just the third time in its last 12 in a game
delayed by rain for 1 hour, 56 minutes.
With the score tied 5-5 in the sixth, Ben Francisco had a
two-out double off the wall in center field over Ryan Kalish’s leap
and Arencibia homered off a sign over the Green Monster seats.
Bautista’s homer, his 24th, off reliever Matt Albers made it 9-5
in the seventh. The Blue Jays had a runner on first with two outs
when heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder delayed the
After play resumed, Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion
and Bautista both made diving plays on balls.
The Blue Jays took advantage of third baseman Will Middlebrooks’
fielding error to score two unearned runs in a four-run first.
Brett Lawrie opened the game with a single before Rasmus hit a
homer that hooked around the right-field foul pole, his 14th, to
make it 2-0. Bautista reached on the error and scored on
Encarnacion’s double. Rajai Davis hustled down the line for a
run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Boston cut it to 4-2 in the bottom on the inning on Ortiz’s
homer that snapped an 0-for-11 stretch. His second homer made it
9-6 in the eighth.
Rasmus’ RBI single made it 5-2 in the fifth.
In the third, the Blue Jays made two errors _ one by shortstop
Yunel Escobar and the other by second baseman Kelly Johnson _ which
led to both runs. Johnson booted Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s two-out
grounder, allowing Dustin Pedroia to score from third, before
Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI single.
Kalish’s RBI single tied it in the fourth.
NOTES: The Blue Jays are tied with the Yankees with 54 road
homers. … Middlebrooks was named the AL’s Player of the Week on
Monday. “It’s a nice bonus,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine
said. “He had a great week.” Outfielder Cody Ross joked, “he
stole it from me. I made a good push, though.” Ross had two homers
and five RBIs in Boston’s win Sunday. … Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind
was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday. “It was in an
environment that allowed him to relax and get back to the type of
player he was in Toronto,” manager John Farrell said. “His
performance has forced the decision to get him back here to get a
productive left-handed hitter back in the lineup. He just felt like
his body was more loose and he had increased range at first base.”
… Valentine said RHP Josh Beckett, on the 15-day DL with shoulder
inflammation, may pitch Friday in Seattle. He’s eligible to come
off the DL Thursday.
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