Final: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 6: Janssen strikes out Kalish, Punto and Nava, all swinging, to end the game with his eighth save of the season.
The Jays get to Doubront (8-4) early and often, surviving two Papi homers and a nearly 2-hour-long rain delay to take the series opener.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 6: Mortensen and Gonzalez have a friendly game of toss after Rasmus grounds out to first and Bautista hits a dribbler back to Mortensen. Encarnacion bounces out to Pedroia, and Mortensen has set down seven straight since the rain delay.
Last licks for the Sox.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 6: Ortiz crushes a solo shot to deep center that brings the Sox within three, his second multi-homer game of the season and is tied with Ted Williams for the most multi-homer games in Sox history.
Middlebrooks gets his first hit of the day with a double off the Monster in left-center, but nothing much else as Salty goes down swinging, Gonzalez lines out to left and Ross can’t catch up to a 88-mph high fastball.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 5: Pinch-hitting for Francisco, Adam Lind flies out to the track in center, Arenciba strikes out swinging and Lawrie grounds out to Mortensen.
Time to see how the few remaining fans do singing.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 5: Kalish leads off with a single to right and stole second, but got stranded in scoring position after Punto flew out to left, Nava almost hustled out a grounder to first and Bautista made a nice running catch on a Pedroia liner.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 5: After a 1:56 rain delay, Mortensen comes on to pitch for the Sox, getting Davis to ground out to second to end the inning.
Time to … stretch? I guess?
Rain Delay Update III: The game is scheduled to resume at 11:25 p.m. Thanks for sticking around, if you are indeed still here.
Rain Delay Update II: To cheers from the concourse, the tarp comes off and all grounds crew members manage to stay on their feet. Hooray for that. Looks like we’ll finish the game.
Rain Delay Update: Lightning and thunder are all around Fenway. The rain isn’t letting up either. No word in the press box on the game’s status, but we will keep you posted.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 5: Rain delay begins at 9:29 p.m. Tarp onto the field with two outs.
Before it did, feel free to insert here your favorite metaphor connecting the rain above Fenway and the Blue Jays pouring on the runs. Rasmus singles off Albers and Bautista blasts his 24th homer of the season onto the Monster.
Encarnacion grounds out to second, Johnson walks and Escobar reaches on a fielder’s choice.
An update on Alvarez: He left the game as a precaution with right elbow soreness.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 5: Alvarez gets removed mid-at bat against Gonzalez. He looked like he was having back problems earlier and got a couple trainer visits. Frasor then got Gonzalez, Middlebrooks and Ross in order.
Albers on for the Sox.
Alvarez’s line: 5+ IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 95 pitches, 61 strikes.
Doubront’s line: 6 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 83 pitches, 51 strikes.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 5: Never mind. Arencibia, the Blue Jays’ No. 9 hitter, hits a two-run shot off the Sports Authority sign over the Monster, scoring Francisco, who doubled. That all came with two outs after Escobar grounded out to short and Davis struck out looking. Doubront has now given up a career-high seven runs. Lawrie flew out to right to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 5: Suddenly, this is a pitcher’s duel. Pedroia flies out to right and, with the shift on for two straight batters, Ortiz and Salty both ground out.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 5: Doubront, who is somehow only at 68 pitches despite giving up nine hits and five runs, gets through another strong inning. Rasmus grounded out to first, Bautista went down swinging and, after Encarnacion walked, Johnson lined out to Pedroia.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 5: New ballgame, folks. Ross doubled down the left-field line and Kalish drove him in with a groundball single to center. Nothing more from there after Punto grounds into a double play and Nava lines out to the track in left.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4: In his best Tuukka Rask imitation, Doubront kick-saved a Francisco grounder up the middle, deflecting it to Gonzalez at first. Two nice plays by Punto and a smooth scoop from Gonzalez gets Doubront his first perfect inning of the night.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4: Toronto’s defense wrapped a couple gifts that pulled the Sox within one run. Pedroia singled and slid around the tag when he stole second. He took a couple steps towards third, drew an errant throw from Escobar, then scampered to third. After an Ortiz walk, Pedroia scored on a Johnson error at second base, and Ortiz came around on a Gonzalez single to right that hopped up on Johnson.
With runners on the corners, Middlebrooks flew out to right and got a few more “YOUUK” calls.
Top 3rd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Toronto knocked on the door again after an Encarnacion single, but Johnson swung through a hit-and-run and left him out to dry. Johnson then weakly grounded out to first and, after an Escobar single, Pedroia snared a Davis liner to end Doubront’s cleanest inning so far, which isn’t saying particularly much at this point.
Bottom 2nd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Nothing doing for the Sox, who go down in order. Middlebrooks and Kalish each ground out, and Ross flies out to center.
Doubront is back on after giving up five runs on seven hits through two innings.
Top 2nd: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: And just like that, the deficit is back up to three after Doubront gives up a double to Francisco, a single to Lawrie and another single to Rasmus. A 6-4-3 double play gets him out of a first-and-third jam, but the damage is done.
Clayton Mortensen has been warming up in the Sox bullpen.
Bottom 1st: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2: Leave it to Papi to chop the deficit. After Pedroia doubled down the right-field line and advanced to third when Bautista misplayed the ball off the wall, Ortiz hit an absolute bomb to right-center.
Salty struck out swinging and Gonzalez hit a weak grounder to second, but the lead is now down to two runs.
Top 1st: Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 0: Probably not the start Felix Doubront imagined. Well, definitely not the start he imagined. Lawrie singled to lead off the inning and Rasmus golfed a 75-mph curve into the right-field seats, just to the left of Pesky’s Pole.
Middlebrooks misplayed a Bautista grounder, leading to chants of “Yoouukk” from the Fenway crowd, and Encarnacion blasted a double off the Monster in center to drive him in. Escobar then singled past a diving Pedroia and Davis beat out a potential double-play ball that drove in Encarnacion. Only after Davis broke early and Doubront picked him off did the bleeding finally stop.
Time to see if that MLB-leading run support can help Doubront.
Pregame: The Will Middlebrooks Era, sans Kevin Youkilis, officially begins tonight with the Blue Jays in town after the Sox wrapped up interleague play by taking two of three from Atlanta. Toronto sends Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 4.30 ERA) to the mound against the Sox, who counter with Felix Doubront (8-3, 4.31 ERA).
Some pregame news items for you on Extra Bases:
Internin’ Alex Prewitt — I like that one, so I think I’ll stick with it for the time being — here with your live updates. As always, comment away, friends. Enjoy the game.