BOSTON (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a pair of long homers over the Green Monster, starting with the 200th of his career and following with a tiebreaking, two-run drive off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning that led the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 6-2 Saturday.
Bautista put Toronto ahead 2-0 with a solo homer in the sixth, a drive that cleared a billboard at the back of the Monster seats in straightaway left and had the crowd buzzing for several batters. He stood at the plate briefly, admiring the ball’s flight.
After Shane Victorino’s two-run single against Steve Delabar (5-1) tied the score in the seventh, Bautista followed Jose Reyes’ leadoff single in the eighth with a drive off Tazawa (4-3) that went off the base of a light-tower in left-center. Bautista has 18 home runs this season and 21st career multihomer games.
Bautista also threw out Victorino at the plate from right field when he tried to score from second on Dustin Pedroia’s sixth-inning single. Boston’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia was out at the plate in the seventh, when pitcher Darren Oliver’s throw home beat him on Jonathan Diaz’s squeeze bunt.
Toronto, which lost the opening two games of the four-game series, stopped Boston’s four-game winning streak. The Red Sox had 10 or more hits for the seventh time in eight games.
Reyes boosted the lead with an RBI single in the ninth against Craig Breslow and scored from first on a fielding error Diaz at third.
Delabar struck out four in 1 2-3 innings of relief. Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers allowed six hits in six scoreless innings.
Boston’s Felix Doubront gave up two runs, five hit and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus made a run-saving diving catch of Diaz’s liner in the fifth.
Adam Lind’s RBI had put the Blue Jays ahead in the first.
NOTES: Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn’t expect SS Stephen Drew, who left Friday’s game after aggravating his right hamstring, to go on the DL. … Reyes is 3 for 17 since coming off the DL. … Diaz was promoted to the 40-man roster before the game, when RHP Clayton Mortensen was designated for assignment. Diaz batted ninth and was 0 for 3 with a run scored in his major league debut. … There was a fairly loud contingent of Toronto fans, chanting ‘Let’s Go Blue Jays’ at various times, with many blue jerseys sprinkled behind Toronto’s bullpen. … Bautista and Rajai Davis each stole off Doubront without an attempted throw from Saltalamacchia. Davis stole twice for the second straight game. … Toronto LHP Mark Buehrle (4-5, 4.73 ERA), who took a shutout into the eighth inning his last time pitching in Fenway, is slated to face RHP Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.15 ERA) in the series finale on Sunday. After that, the teams don’t meet at Fenway again until Boston’s final three home games.
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