June 25, 2018
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Bautista powers Blue Jays past Red Sox

Jessica Rinaldi| Reuters
Jessica Rinaldi| Reuters
Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia beats fans to the ball to catch a foul popup by Toronto Blue Jays' Rajai Davis during the eighth inning Saturday at Fenway Park in Boston.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Jose Bautista homered twice and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs in the final two innings to defeat the Boston Red Sox 6-2 Saturday at Fenway Park.

Junichi Tazawa (4-3) came on for the Red Sox in the eighth and allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes in front of Bautista, who got a split-fingered fastball up in the zone and sent it into the Green Monster seats in left-center to put Toronto on top for good at 4-2.

Reyes added an RBI single in the ninth and Bautista came in on an error to provide the final margin. Adam Lind tripled among three hits and added an RBI for the Blue Jays, who made a winner out of reliever Steve Delabar (5-1) with the late surge.

Toronto grabbed the lead on Lind’s RBI single in the first and made it a two-run gap in the sixth when Bautista turned around a 2-0 fastball from Felix Doubront and sent it onto the top of a parking lot across the street beyond left field. That blast was the 200th of Bautista’s career.

Boston had its second runner tagged out at home plate to record the first out of the seventh but kept the pressure on the Blue Jays’ bullpen. Jacoby Ellsbury singled to reload the bases and Shane Victorino followed with a run-run single to center to tie the game.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Red Sox recalled INF Jonathan Diaz from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated RHP Clayton Mortensen for assignment. Diaz got his first major-league start and played third base, with Jose Iglesias moving to short to cover for Stephen Drew (hamstring injury), who is day-to-day. … Bautista entered the day 5-for-37 in his previous 10 games. … Doubront ended up charged with two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings while Toronto starter Esmil Rogers scattered six hits over six scoreless frames.


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