By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ Edwin Encarnacion hit one of Toronto’s three
homers, Henderson Alvarez broke his six-game winless streak and the
Toronto Blue Jays prolonged the misery of the Boston Red Sox with a
7-5 win on Friday night.
The Red Sox were hoping for a boost from their return home after
going 1-8 on a West Coast trip that left them just one game ahead
of the last-place Blue Jays in the AL East. Now Boston is clinging
to fourth place by the very slim margin of .4532 to .4525.
The night began poorly as the start of the game was delayed by
rain for one hour, 18 minutes.
When it began, Alvarez (8-12) found the right opponent to snap
out of the six-game stretch in which he was 0-5 with a 7.67 ERA. He
allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (10-8) also was trying to stop a
skid, but now he’s 0-4 in his past seven starts after giving up
five runs and six hits before leaving with no outs in the fifth.
Moises Sierra and Colby Rasmus added two-run homers to help
Toronto win its second game after four consecutive losses. Rasmus’
22nd homer of the year in the ninth provided the winning margin
when Mauro Gomez hit a two-run shot, his second, for Boston in the
bottom of the inning.
Encarnacion drove in the first two runs with a sacrifice fly in
the first inning and his 38th homer in the third. Sierra made it
4-0 in the fourth with his fourth homer, following a walk to Kelly
After Rasmus led off the fifth with a triple, Doubront was
replaced by Clayton Mortensen, who gave up a run-scoring single to
Yunel Escobar. Then he retired five straight batters, four on
The Red Sox cut the lead to 5-1 in the fifth when Ryan Kalish
reached on an infield single, took third on a single by Scott
Podsednik and scored when Podsednik was forced out at second on a
grounder by Dustin Pedroia.
Boston scored again in the seventh but wasted a chance to do
better. With one out, Pedro Ciriaco walked, stole second and scored
on a single by Gomez. Podsednik then drove the ball to deep left
field where Rajai Davis made the catch. Gomez had rounded second by
then and was easily doubled up as he ran back toward first base.
Pedroia added his 13th homer, a solo shot, in the eighth.
NOTES: LHP J.A. Happ will miss the rest of the season for
Toronto with a fractured right foot. Aaron Laffey (3-5) will start
in his place on Saturday night against Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4). …
Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia and 3B Brett Lawrie were activated from
the disabled list and were in the starting lineup. … Toronto
recalled RHPs David Carpenter and Joel Carreno and C-IF Yan Gomes
from Triple-A Las Vegas. … The U.S. national anthem was sung by
Andre McClain, ringmaster of Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey
circus. … Pedroia reached base in all four-at bats _ on an error,
two forceouts and a homer.
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