Jays smash Matsuzaka in Beantown

Toronto Blue Jays' Anthony Gose steals second base under the glove of Boston Red Sox second baseman...

Toronto Blue Jays' Anthony Gose steals second base under the glove of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, September 8, 2012. (Dominick Reuter/REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

BOSTON - Anthony Gose launched his first major league home run and drove in five runs to help pull the Blue Jays out of last place for the first time in six weeks Saturday.

Gose’s homer was belted to right field off Boston reliever Andrew Bailey, a three-run shot in the ninth inning to put the finishing touches on a 9-2 Jays win, their fifth consecutive decision at Fenway Park. They will go for the three-game sweep Sunday afternoon.

With back-to-back wins over the Red Sox this weekend, the Jays moved a game ahead of Boston, which has lost 10 of its last 11. Brad Lincoln worked 2.1 perfect innings of relief for his first American League win, working behind starter Aaron Laffey.

Yunel Escobar hit his ninth home run and Gose drove in two more runs with a single in the five-run second. Adam Lind was the only Blue Jay with two hits, both singles.

Toronto did most of its damage against starter Daisuke Matsuzaka in the second inning when they scored five times on five hits to chase the righthander from the game.

Laffey had a chance for the win but he could not nail down the final out in the fifth inning before the second rain delay of the night deprived him of the opportunity to continue.

After a first inning in which he struck out a pair, Matsuzaka came out throwing beachballs in the second. Escobar led off with a bolt over the Green Monster in left, to become the first of five consecutive Toronto baserunners. Kelly Johnson singled, Arencibia was hit by a pitch, Adeiny Hechavarria doubled in a run and Gose cleared the bases with a hit up the middle. Rajai Davis became the first out of the inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Gose but Colby Rasmus singled and that ended Matsuzaka’s outing.

Reliever Alfredo Aceves got Encarnacion on a flyball and, in the process, Rasmus forgot how many were out and was doubled off at first base.

The first rain delay hit with the Jays leading 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth. It lasted 58 minutes. One inning later, with the Jays trying to nail down the third out in the fifth to make it an official game, the Red Sox rallied against Laffey, who was unable to get the third out before allowing two runs. With Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate and Pedro Ciriaco on first, the skies opened up. Home plate ump Bill Welke tried to let Laffey get that final out but after he went 2-0, there was no way the game could continue.

That led to a 63-minute delay before the game resumed. From that point on, the teams played as if they were double-parked. With Brad Lincoln pitching for Toronto and Mark Melancon for Boston, the two relievers rattled off 13 consecutive outs before Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit consecutive singles leading off the eighth against Vicente Padilla to make it 6-2.


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