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BOSTON -- Toronto manager John Gibbons was most impressed by the power. Jose Bautista enjoyed his throw to the plate a bit more.
Either way, Bautista helped the Blue Jays bounce back with a win over the Red Sox.
Bautista hit a pair of long homers over the Green Monster, starting with the 200th of his career and following with a tiebreaking, two-run drive off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning that led the Blue Jays over Boston 6-2 Saturday.
Gibbons could only pause, lean back in his chair and smile when asked what impressed him most -- the two homers or throw.
"Any time you hit two home runs in close ballgames I have to give it to that," he said. "Homers win."
Bautista put Toronto ahead 2-0 with a solo homer in the sixth, a drive that cleared a billboard at the back of the Monster seats in straightaway left and had the crowd buzzing for several batters. He stood at the plate briefly, admiring the ball's flight.
"I knew I was one away, so when I was in the dugout I did enjoy it," he said, adding a Red Sox parking lot employee retrieved the ball for him.
But it was his throw that made the slugger happiest.
"It's more difficult and more rare to throw people out on the bases," he said. "Anytime I do that I enjoy it a lot more."
After Victorino's two-run single against Steve Delabar (5-1) tied the score in the seventh, Bautista followed Jose Reyes' leadoff single in the eighth with a drive off Tazawa (4-3) that went off the base of a light-tower in left-center. Bautista has 18 home runs this season and 21 career multihomer games.
Boston manager John Farrell knows how much Bautista can affect a game, having managed the Blue Jays the past two seasons.
"Very good player. Obviously capable of hitting balls out of the ballpark every time he steps in the box," he said. "He gets a 2-0 cutter from [Felix] Doubront for the first solo home run, and then as I mentioned on the split the other way from Tazawa. We looked to put pressure on the defense in that situation. Bautista is ranging to his right, comes up and throws about a 260-foot strike to cut down Victorino."
Victorino knew it was an accurate throw, but didn't feel like it should be the main focus.
"Plays like that change scenarios," he said. "But we were able to come back and tie the game. Let's look at that on the positive side of things."
Toronto, which lost the opening two games of the four-game series, stopped Boston's four-game winning streak. The Red Sox had 10 or more hits for the seventh time in eight games.
Reyes boosted the lead with an RBI single in the ninth against Craig Breslow and scored from first on a fielding error by Diaz at third.
Delabar struck out four in 1 2-3 innings. Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers allowed six hits in six scoreless innings.
Boston's Felix Doubront gave up two runs, five hit and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus made a run-saving diving catch of Diaz's liner in the fifth.
"Two great plays," Rogers said of Rasmus' and Bautista's gems. "I'm going to owe them something. I don't know what."
Adam Lind's RBI had put the Blue Jays ahead in the first.
|Jose Bautista admires his long home run over the Green Monster, one of his two bombs on the day. (USATSI)|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.333|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||2||2||3||1||0||0||.248|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||0||3||1||0||1||0||.329|
|Mark DeRosa, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.210|
|Emilio Bonifacio, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Rajai Davis, LF||2||0||1||0||2||0||1||.314|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.238|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.221|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B-3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.232|
|a-grounded out for DeRosa in the 8th|
|2B - Rajai Davis (5, Doubront)|
|3B - Adam Lind (1, Tazawa)|
|HR - Jose Bautista 2 (18, Doubront)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (7), Jose Bautista 3 (48), Adam Lind (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (3), Adam Lind (17)|
|SB - Jose Bautista (6, 2nd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia), Rajai Davis 2 (18, 2nd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia, 3rd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia)|
|CS - Rajai Davis (2, 2nd base by Doubront/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1|
|DP - Reyes-Bonifacio-Lind|
|E - Maicer Izturis (8, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Darren Oliver (H,5)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||3.52|
|Steve Delabar (W,5-1; BS,3)||1.2||2||0||0||0||4||0||1.62|
|WP - Esmil Rogers (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 99-64, Darren Oliver 4-4, Steve Delabar 30-22, Neil Wagner 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 7-4, Darren Oliver 1-0, Neil Wagner 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 24, Darren Oliver 3, Steve Delabar 7, Neil Wagner 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.299|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.325|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.317|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||4||3||.262|
|Daniel Nava, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.282|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.262|
|Jose Iglesias, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.414|
|Jonathan Diaz, 3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a-walked for Diaz in the 9th|
|2B - Shane Victorino (10, Rogers), Dustin Pedroia (22, Rogers)|
|RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (21)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Daniel Nava 1|
|DP - Pedroia-Iglesias-Napoli|
|E - Jonathan Diaz (1, Misplayed grounder), Mike Napoli (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Junichi Tazawa (L,4-3)||1||3||2||2||0||0||1||2.92|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 103-63, Alex Wilson 8-6, Junichi Tazawa 23-15, Craig Breslow 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 8-3, Alex Wilson 1-1, Junichi Tazawa 1-2, Craig Breslow 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 25, Alex Wilson 2, Junichi Tazawa 6, Craig Breslow 5|
|Attendance - 37437|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|