Tuesday June 26, 2012

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 three 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 game.


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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.