Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 6
June, 26, 2012
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- And before a single out was recorded in the post-Youkilis era, the Red Sox found themselves four runs behind, the kid third baseman had booted a ball for an error, and fans reacted with a mix of “Yooouuukkks’’ and a few boos thrown in.
The Sox stormed back to tie the score at 5, with the help of three Toronto errors, but ultimately fell, 9-6, in a game that included a rain delay of 1 hour and 56 minutes.
The loss came despite two home runs by David Ortiz, who now has 20 after the 39th two-homer game of his career, 37 of which have come with the Sox, tying Ted Williams’s club record. Ortiz’s 20th came off Jays left-handed reliever Darren Oliver, his ninth off a lefty this season, most in the majors by a left-handed hitter.
Ortiz has reached 20 home runs earlier only once in his career -- in 2006, when he hit No. 20 on June 18 en route to a club-record 54 home runs. He is on a pace to hit 44 home runs.
Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront, who gave up a Pesky Pole, two-run home run to Colby Rasmus in the first and a monster RBI double to Edwin Encarnacion in the first that was still rising when it hit the “Fenway Park 100 years” sign in left-center, gave up another run in a three-hit second.
Doubront, who had won four of his last five decisions, appeared to have righted himself, holding the Jays without another run until there were two out in the sixth, when Ben Francisco doubled and J.P. Arencibia hit one over the Monster to break a 5-5 tie.
"I think he was trying to throw a lot of strikes, and didn't want to waste a lot of pitches," manager Bobby Valentine said. "It seems like a lot of them got hit, not that all of them were hit hard, that's for sure. I'd say he gave up six or seven hits off the end of the bat or jammed, about four of them were hit hard.
"It wasn't his best outing, but he'll improve on that."
In the seventh, Rasmus beat out an infield hit and Jose Bautista hit his 12th home run of the month, a major-league leading 14th on the road, and 24th overall, this one off reliever Matt Albers, before the rains came.
The Sox had come back to tie with a pair in the first, two in the third and another in the fourth. Ortiz hit his 19th home run with Dustin Pedroia aboard on a double, ending a brief 0-for-11 skid.
Cody Ross doubled and scored on a single by Ryan Kalish to tie the score. Jays starter Henderson Alvarez left the game with a 2-and-1 count on Adrian Gonzalez leading off the bottom of the sixth with what was called a sore right elbow.
The Sox and Jays have matching 38-35 records. The Sox had won seven of their last eight games. The game ended at 12:09 a.m.