Homer-happy Blue Jays beat Red Sox despite two HRs by Ortiz

Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez tags out Toronto Blue Jays' Ben Francisco on an infield hit during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 25, 2012.
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Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez tags out Toronto Blue Jays' Ben Francisco on an infield hit during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 25, 2012.
Posted June 26, 2012, at 12:34 a.m.

BOSTON — 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.

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.

NOTES: The Blue Jays are tied with the Yankees with 54 road homers. … Middlebrooks was named the AL’s Player of the Week on Monday. “It’s a nice bonus,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “He had a great week.” Outfielder Cody Ross joked, “he stole it from me. I made a good push, though.” Ross had two homers and five RBIs in Boston’s win Sunday. … Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday. “It was in an environment that allowed him to relax and get back to the type of player he was in Toronto,” manager John Farrell said. “His performance has forced the decision to get him back here to get a productive left-handed hitter back in the lineup. He just felt like his body was more loose and he had increased range at first base.” … Valentine said RHP Josh Beckett, on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation, may pitch Friday in Seattle. He’s eligible to come off the DL Thursday.

TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 1: Francisco Liriano spoiled Kevin Youkilis’ first game with Chicago, throwing a season-high seven innings to lead Minnesota over the White Sox.

Liriano (2-7) allowed just three singles, two walks and a double. The left-hander struck out five and won for the first time this month. He held Chicago without a run until Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Jared Burton notched the save for the second straight game for the Twins, filling in for injured closer Matt Capps.

Youkilis, acquired from Boston on Sunday, singled in the eighth inning for his first hit as Chicago’s new third baseman. It wasn’t enough for Jake Peavy (6-4), who is 0-3 in five June starts.

Peavy struck out seven and walked one in six innings, but he gave up 10 hits.

YANKEES 7, INDIANS 1: Robinson Cano homered and drove in three runs, Hiroki Kuroda took a shutout into the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Monday night.

Nick Swisher and Dewayne Wise also went deep for the homer-happy Yankees, who opened a seven-game homestand against the top two teams in the AL Central with their third consecutive victory and 13th in 16 games. New York roughed up Josh Tomlin (3-5) early and breezed the rest of the way.

Kuroda (7-7) improved to 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last six starts.

Cano, who hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning Sunday night against the New York Mets, picked up where he left off. He smacked a two-run double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third. Cano has hit six of his 17 homers in the last eight games.

The Indians dropped their third straight following a four-game winning streak.

ROYALS 8, RAYS 0: Luke Hochevar tossed his second career shutout, Eric Hosmer homered and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs to lead Kansas City.

Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon both had three hits for the Royals, who were coming off an embarrassing sweep at the hands of St. Louis in which they were outscored 30-14.

Hochevar (5-7) provided some much-needed rest for their weary bullpen. He struck out eight and extended his streak of scoreless inning to 16 2-3 innings. No Royals starter had even gone eight innings so far this season.

Alex Cobb (3-4) had his first career complete game for Tampa Bay, allowing 13 hits in falling to 1-4 in his last five starts. The banged-up Rays came into the game off a double-header sweep of Philadelphia.

TIGERS 8, RANGERS 2: Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Rick Porcello struck out seven in six innings, and Detroit beat Texas.

After their first 12 batters, the Tigers had already roughed up Rangers rookie right-hander Justin Grimm (1-1) for six runs and eight hits. They had only five runs and 15 hits while losing two of three in Pittsburgh over the weekend.

In a rematch of last year’s AL championship series, Cabrera put the Tigers ahead to stay with a two-run double in the first.

Josh Hamilton hit his first homer in 12 games for Texas, a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 23rd of the season.

Porcello (5-5) won for the second time in nine starts.

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