Boston at Toronto

W: S. Camp (3-1) L: J. Lackey (9-5)
S: K. Gregg (20)
HR: BOS - None   TOR - A. Gonzalez (17),A. Lind (12),J. Bautista (24)

Bautista goes deep again to help Jays beat Red Sox wire reports

TORONTO -- David Ortiz knows plenty about power hitting and he doesn't understand why Jose Bautista isn't in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.

The Boston Red Sox slugger might have a point.

Bautista hit his major league-leading 24th home run, Alex Gonzalez and Adam Lind also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Boston 9-5 on Saturday.

"[Bautista] should be there because he's a home run hitter and he's swinging the bat really good," Ortiz said. "I think he's definitely got to be in."

The final two spots in Monday's derby went to New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and Arizona's Chris Young on Saturday. But rather than force Bautista to watch from the sidelines, Ortiz thinks Major League Baseball's decision makers "have to put him in."

"I was surprised he wasn't in it but I thought it was because the Blue Jays didn't want him to go," Ortiz said. "I talked to him [Friday] and he told me was ready to go, he just wasn't invited. I was like, 'What?' There's still time, there's still time for them to put him back in."

Bautista, whose previous career best was 16 home runs, is surprised he hasn't been asked to participate.

"A little bit, but it's nothing I can control," he said. "I just have to sit here and wait. We'll see what happens."

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 RBI 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.

"Command was kind of a struggle for him from the very beginning," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

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 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.

"That's kind of the way things have been going for me," Lackey said.

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.

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, who had returned to the dugout, was ejected for the first time this year and described it as "kind of weak."

"We had a disagreement," Cameron said. "It seemed like everybody on our team had a disagreement today."

Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.


  • Injured OF Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs), who rejoined the Red Sox on Friday after being away from the team for more than a month while he rehabbed in Phoenix, lifted weights and hit in the cage before the game. He'll do the same Sunday before heading to Boston's spring training facility in Florida on Monday.
  • Boston had won seven straight games in Toronto, dating to last season.
  • Blue Jays RHP Shaun Marcum (sore elbow) will throw a side session Sunday, manager Cito Gaston said.
  • Toronto LHP Scott Downs (stiff neck) was not available but could pitch Sunday, Gaston said.
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Terry Francona gets into a heated argument with home plate ump Jeff Kellogg, earning him an ejection.  (AP)
Terry Francona gets into a heated argument with home plate ump Jeff Kellogg, earning him an ejection. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

D. Nava
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Marco Scutaro, SS4121000 .283
Daniel Nava, LF5222014 .312
David Ortiz, DH4021112 .262
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010022 .293
Adrian Beltre, 3B5000006 .332
J.D. Drew, RF4021110 .279
Mike Cameron, CF3100034 .283
    Kevin Cash, C1000001 .178
Bill Hall, 2B4010021 .239
Gustavo Molina, C3110013 .143
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000011 .219
    Darnell McDonald, CF0000000 .271
a-struck out for Molina in the 7th
2B - Daniel Nava 2 (10, Morrow, Camp), David Ortiz (21, Morrow), J.D. Drew (19, Gregg)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (28), Daniel Nava 2 (16), David Ortiz (56), J.D. Drew (42)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (14), J.D. Drew (16)
SB - Kevin Youkilis (3, 2nd base off Frasor/Molina), J.D. Drew (2, 2nd base off Camp/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Outfield Assists - Daniel Nava 1
Boston Red Sox
John Lackey (L,9-5) 4.2877621 4.78
Scott Atchison 1000000 4.71
Dustin Richardson 0.2111001 3.38
Ramon Ramirez 1.2211001 4.79
WP - John Lackey (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 105-58, Scott Atchison 8-5, Dustin Richardson 11-7, Ramon Ramirez 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 4-8, Scott Atchison 1-2, Dustin Richardson 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 2-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Scott Atchison 3, Dustin Richardson 3, Ramon Ramirez 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, LF3222200 .280
Alex Gonzalez, SS5223011 .256
Jose Bautista, RF4211101 .240
Vernon Wells, CF4000101 .269
Adam Lind, DH4132000 .214
Aaron Hill, 2B4111001 .188
Lyle Overbay, 1B3110100 .250
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3010115 .212
Jose Molina, C4000007 .282
2B - Fred Lewis 2 (24, Lackey, Lackey), Alex Gonzalez (24, Lackey), Aaron Hill (12, Lackey)
HR - Alex Gonzalez (17, Lackey), Jose Bautista (24, Ramirez), Adam Lind (12, Richardson)
RBI - Fred Lewis 2 (25), Alex Gonzalez 3 (50), Jose Bautista (56), Adam Lind 2 (40), Aaron Hill (31)
2-OUT RBI - Fred Lewis 2 (4), Jose Bautista (19), Adam Lind (21)
SB - Fred Lewis 2 (10, 2nd base off Lackey/Molina, 2nd base off Lackey/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
E - Edwin Encarnacion (8, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Brandon Morrow 4854240 4.86
Shawn Camp (W,3-1) 1.2200030 2.53
Jason Frasor (H,6) 1.1000030 4.67
Marc Rzepczynski (H,1) 0.2000020 5.68
Kevin Gregg (S,20) 1.1100000 3.67
HBP - Cameron (by Brandon Morrow), Youkilis (by Shawn Camp), Hall (by Jason Frasor), Scutaro (by Marc Rzepczynski)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 102-66, Shawn Camp 39-25, Jason Frasor 27-18, Marc Rzepczynski 14-8, Kevin Gregg 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 3-5, Shawn Camp 1-1, Jason Frasor 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-3
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 23, Shawn Camp 8, Jason Frasor 5, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Kevin Gregg 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35037
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Larry Vanover