Rasmus helps Jays take down BoSoxJun 26, 2012 - 6:00 AM
Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run, as did J.P. Arencibia, for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four overall. Henderson Alvarez (4-6) treaded water through five frames, giving up five runs -- three earned -- on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk before leaving with right elbow soreness.
"When he went out for the sixth inning he had trouble getting loose," Toronto manager John Farrell said of the injury. "It was a precautionary thing. We'll get him an MRI tomorrow.
Felix Doubront (8-4) took the loss, giving up seven runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk over six frames. David Ortiz hit a pair of home runs and drove in three for the Red Sox, who saw a brief two-game winning streak come to an end in a game marred by a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay.
"He was trying to throw a lot of strikes, and it seems a lot of them got hit," said Boston manager Bobby Valentine. "It wasn't his best outing, but he will improve on that."
A 40-minute first inning featured plenty of fireworks as the teams combined for six runs. Brett Lawrie kicked it off with a single to right, stole second and trotted the rest of the way home when Rasmus' fly ball slipped inside the pole down the right-field line for a two-run homer.
Bautista reached on an error by Will Middlebrooks and raced home on Edwin Encarnacion's double that ricocheted high off the Green Monster in left- center field. He advanced to third on Yunel Escobar's single and scored when Rajai Davis beat out a possible double-play grounder to short.
Boston sliced the deficit in half with a quick two runs in the home at-bat as Dustin Pedroia tripled to right and scored when Ortiz blasted a long drive deep into the right-center field seats.
The hits kept coming off Doubront in the second as Ben Francisco doubled, advanced to third on Lawrie's second hit of the game and scored when Rasmus' grounder found its way back through the middle. In the all, the Blue Jays had nine hits through three frames against the Red Sox southpaw, including four players with multi-hit games in the early going.
Boston, with the aide of Toronto miscues, put together a two-out rally to draw within one. Pedroia singled to center with two outs in the third and on a steal attempt, raced to third when Escobar threw wildly to no one covering the base. Ortiz then walked before Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached on Kelly Johnson's error, allowing Pedroia to score. Adrian Gonzalez's single then plated Ortiz for a 5-4 game.
The Red Sox squared the contest in the fourth with Cody Ross' leadoff double resulting in the tying run. He scored just after his two-bagger down the third-base line on Ryan Kalish's single to center.
Toronto, after squandering the early four-run lead, went back in front in titantic fashion in the sixth. Francisco crushed a double off the left-center field wall and Arencibia followed with a long drive off the Sports Authority sign above the highest part of the Green Moster in left for a 7-5 game.
Bautista's line drive two-run shot that climbed just above the Green Monster added some insurance and opened a four-run edge in the seventh.
After the lengthy rain delay, Ortiz drove a belt-high pitch over the wall in dead center field for a 9-6 deficit in the eighth.
Casey Janssen struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Ross has five extra-base hits in the last three games...Doubront gave up his career high in hits after just three frames...Ortiz has a league-leading nine home runs as a left-handed hitter against a southpaw pitcher this season. He also recorded his 20th career two-homer game...Brent Lillibridge, part of the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox, made his Red Sox debut as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.
- TORONTO: 9
Jun 26 12:09 AM
- David Ortiz lead off Home Run 2 (20) to center. Jarrod Saltalamacchia due up.
Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 6 Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 25 11:45 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion grounded out second to first. None on with one out and Kelly Johnson due up.
Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 5 Top 7, 1 OutJun 25 9:25 PM
- J.P. Arencibia two-out, two-run Home Run (10) to left scored Ben Francisco. Brett Lawrie due up.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 5 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 25 9:04 PM
- Ryan Kalish single to center scored Cody Ross. Runner on first with none out and Nick Punto due up.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 5 Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 25 8:37 PM
- Will Middlebrooks flied out to right to end the inning.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4 End 3Jun 25 8:26 PM
- Colby Rasmus single to center scored Ben Francisco. On the play, Brett Lawrie advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Jose Bautista due up.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2 Top 2, 1 OutJun 25 7:50 PM
- David Ortiz one-out, two-run Home Run (19) to right scored Dustin Pedroia. Jarrod Saltalamacchia due up.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2 Bot 1, 1 OutJun 25 7:36 PM
- Rajai Davis grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second scored Edwin Encarnacion. On the play, Yunel Escobar out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Ben Francisco due up.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 25 7:28 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion double to center scored Jose Bautista. Runner on second with none out and Kelly Johnson due up.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJun 25 7:21 PM
- Colby Rasmus none-out, two-run Home Run (14) to right scored Brett Lawrie. Jose Bautista due up.
Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 0 OutsJun 25 7:15 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 25 7:12 PM
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