Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/25/12

BOSTON -- Colby Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia and Jose Bautista hit two-run homers to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a rain-interrupted 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

The game was delayed for an hour and 56 minutes in the seventh inning because of severe storms.

The win, in their first game in Boston this season, moved the Blue Jays into a tie with the Red Sox for fourth place in the American League East, 6 1/2 games out of first.

Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez, 0-4 with a 6.26 ERA over his previous seven starts (all team losses), left the game after throwing three pitches in the sixth inning. The team announced that the move was a precaution with Alvarez experiencing an elbow problem, but he became the fourth Jays starter in two weeks to get hurt. Two of them have been lost to Tommy John surgery.

Alvarez (4-6) posted his first win since May 10. Casey Janssen struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.

David Ortiz hit his 19th and 20th homers of the season for Boston, which lost for only the second time in the last nine games. It was his 37th two-homer game with the Red Sox (39th overall), tying him with Ted Williams for the most multi-homer games in club history.

After the Sox rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game, Arencibia hit his 10th homer of the season with two outs in the sixth. That came off starter Felix Doubront (8-4). Matt Albers gave up Bautista's club-record-setting 12th June homer (No. 24 on the season) to make it 9-5 just before the rains came.

Rasmus homered in the first and singled home a run in the second, giving him 14 RBI in the last eight games. Rasmus, who singled before the Bautista homer, is 11-for-29 (.379) on the current road trip.

Doubront came in having won four of his last five starts and getting more offensive support (8.51 runs per nine innings) than any starter in baseball. He gave up seven runs, five earned, in six innings, and he has yielded 17 earned runs in his last 23 innings.

The Jays took a quick 2-0 lead when Brett Lawrie doubled and Rasmus hit his fifth homer in the last eight games. Jose Bautista reached when Will Middlebrooks, now the full-time third baseman, booted his first chance since the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox. Some fans let loose a "Yooook" cry after the error.

Edwin Encarnacion's double scored Bautista and another run scored on a force play. Ortiz got two of the runs right back by snapping an 0-for-13 spell with his home run. Rasmus' RBI single made it 5-2 in the second but the Jays gift-wrapped two runs in the Boston third.

With two out and nobody on, Dustin Pedroia singled. He then tried to steal second and should have been out but the throw was wide. After the tag was missed, Pedroia was trapped off the base, but Yunel Escobar didn't see him. When he did, he made a wild throw and Pedroia took third, where he scored when second baseman Kelly Johnson booted Jarrod Saltalamacchia's grounder. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single.

Boston tied the game in the fourth on a Cody Ross double and Ryan Kalish's RBI single.

NOTES: Newly acquired utility man Brent Lillibridge, picked up the Youkilis deal, was surprised and thrilled to be in Boston. "It's pretty special," he said. "Growing up my family were huge Red Sox fans, being from the New England area, Rhode Island, so my dad's pretty excited. His dad, he's passed away, but he was a huge Red Sox fan so it's very special for my family. I'm excited to do it, wear some different colors, but more importantly to be on a team that has a legitimate chance and I really want to help this team win." He entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement but didn't get a plate appearance. ... In Chicago, outfielder Jordan Danks gave Youkilis his No. 20, switching to No. 7. ... Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, disabled Sunday because of intestinal bleeding, remained hospitalized, manager Bobby Valentine saying, "Last night he was hoping to get out today (Monday), but I was just in the training room and they decided to keep him a little longer. Not because anything got worse, just because they want to make sure everything is as stable as possible before he's out." ... Boston right-hander Josh Beckett, eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday but not expected by then, threw and reported no shoulder problems. ... The Jays send lefty Aaron Laffey to the mound Tuesday night against Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka. ... Adam Lind, just brought back from Las Vegas, where he hit .392 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 32 games, is expected in the Toronto lineup. "I just needed to get away from here and have a different set of eyes on me," said Lind. "Just a change of scenery, I think, is good." ... Outfielder Marlon Byrd, released by the Red Sox on June 12, was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for the use of Tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer patients. "He played here and he played well," Valentine said. "I had no indication or I don't think anyone did."

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