Blue Jays beat Red Sox 9-5
Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 24th home run, Alex Gonzalez and Adam Lind also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 on Saturday.
The Blue Jays, who lead the majors with 135 homers, extended their streak of multihomer games to seven and have hit 20 home runs during that span. The club record for consecutive multihomer games is eight, set June 17-25, 2000.
Lind had three hits and Gonzalez added three RBIs for Toronto. Fred Lewis doubled twice, scored twice, stole two bases and drove in the go-ahead run.
Shawn Camp (3-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win and Kevin Gregg got four outs for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Boston right-hander John Lackey (9-5) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked six, a season high.
J.D. Drew’s bases-loaded walk gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the first, but Toronto scored three in the bottom half. Gonzalez hit an RBI double, Lind singled home a run and Aaron Hill drove in the third with a fielder’s choice.
The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the second on a two-run double by Daniel Nava and an RBI double from David Ortiz, then added one more on Marco Scutaro’s RBI single in the third.
Toronto tied it in the fourth when Gonzalez drilled a two-run homer to left, his 17th.
Lewis chased Lackey and put Toronto in front for good with a two-run, check-swing double down the left-field line in the fifth, scoring Hill and Lyle Overbay.
Lind added some insurance with a two-out drive to left off Dustin Richardson in the sixth, his 12th, and Bautista capped it with a two-out shot to left in the eighth against Ramon Ramirez.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona and outfielder Mike Cameron were ejected for arguing with plate umpire Jeff Kellogg after Cameron struck out looking in the seventh. It was Francona’s second ejection this season and the 28th of his managerial career. Cameron’s ejection was his first of the year.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.