There were blue jerseys throughout the stands at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon, and chants of “Let’s go, Blue Jays” popped up several times during the course of the game.
Jose Bautista gave his fans reason to cheer, hitting two home runs, including a decisive shot in the eighth inning, as Toronto beat the Red Sox, 6-2.
The Sox scored two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game. But Jose Reyes singled off Junichi Tazawa to start the eighth, and scored when Bautista hit his 18th home run to center field.
Toronto scored two more runs in the ninth inning as the Sox committed two errors.
Steve Delabar (5-1) was the winner. Tazawa (4-3) took the loss.
The Sox had 10 hits but were 3 of 13 with runners in scoring position. They left eight runners on base.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront allowed two runs on five hits over 6⅓ innings. He walked three and struck out six.
The Blue Jays manufactured a run in the first inning. Bautista walked on four pitches and stole second without a throw as Doubront failed to hold him on.
When Edwin Encarnacion hit a ball back to the mound, Doubront got Bautista in a rundown and he was eventually tagged out. But the play took too long and Encarnacion advanced to second. He scored when Adam Lind singled.
Bautista hit his first home run in the sixth inning, a blast over everything in left.
Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers shut out the Sox for six innings. He scattered six hits, walked one, and struck out six.
Rogers, obtained from the Indians in November for Mike Aviles, the player the Red Sox sent to Toronto as compensation for hiring manager John Farrell, was aided by some bad decisions made by the Red Sox.
Shane Victorino doubled to start the sixth inning. When Dustin Pedroia singled to right, third base coach Brian Butterfield waved Victorino in.
Bautista, who has one of the best outfield arms in baseball, threw Victorino out by several steps. That came with David Ortiz on deck.
Ortiz singled but Rogers struck out Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava.
The Sox tied the game in the seventh inning against Toronto’s bullpen.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled off lefthander Darren Oliver and went to second on a bunt single by Jose Iglesias. When second baseman Maicer Izturis threw the ball away, Saltalamacchia went to third.
Farrell could have pinch hit Jonny Gomes against Oliver. But he stayed with Jonathan Diaz, a .228 career minor league hitter making his major league debut.
Diaz tried a squeeze bunt but placed it too close to the mound and Oliver threw Saltalamacchia out at the plate.
Facing Delabar, a hard-throwing righthander, Jacoby Ellsbury singled before Victorino ripped a two-run single to center to drive in two runs.
The Sox had a chance for more but Pedroia popped to right field and Ortiz struck out.
Delabar stayed in for the eighth inning and struck out the side.
Ellsbury had two hits to extend his hit streak to 10 games. Pedroia was 2 for 4.
Napoli struck out four times and has fanned 102 times on the season.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.