Joey Bats comes alive as Blue Jays dump Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during...

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during MLB action at Fenway Park in Boston, June 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

BOSTON - Rather than lament that Jose Bautista’s bat had gone silent even as the Blue Jays were heating up, manager John Gibbons chose to look on the bright side.

“It just means that when Jose gets hot again, then we’ll be in even better shape,” said Gibbons.

Whether or not Bautista is back in the groove, only time will tell, but he was looking a lot like the old Joey Bats Saturday at Fenway Park.

Bautista belted two home runs, his 17th and 18th, drove in three runs and threw out his second runner at the plate in the last two days as the Jays rebounded from consecutive losses to the Red Sox with a 6-2 victory.

Bautista’s bombs came in support of a fine pitching performance by Esmil Rogers, who tossed six shutout innings, allowing six hits and a walk before leaving with a 2-0 lead.


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