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Gose's five RBI power Jays past Red Sox

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BOSTON -- In his previous 31 major league games, Toronto Blue Jays rookie outfielder Anthony Gose had a total of two RBI.

He matched that total in the second inning Saturday with a two-run single, then hit a three-run shot in the ninth inning for his first career homer, leading the Blue Jays to a 9-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox.

Toronto has taken the first two games of the weekend series.

Gose finished 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.

"You look at the tangible adjustments Anthony Gose has made at the plate," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "They're real, and he looks really good in the box.

"You look at the last couple of games. His contact point has been good at the front edge of the plate. We'll take the line-drive approach that he gives us."

The Blue Jays beat up on Daisuke Matsuzaka, knocking the Boston right-hander out after just 1 1/3 innings.

Toronto sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning, with five scoring.

Yunel Escobar led off the inning with his ninth home run of the season, on the first pitch. Kelly Johnson followed with a single before Matsuzaka hit J.P. Arencibia with a pitch. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to left, scoring Johnson. Gose singled to center, scoring Arencibia and Hechavarria. With Rajai Davis batting, Gose stole second and took third on Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway's throwing error. Davis' sacrifice fly scored Gose. Colby Rasmus singled down the right field line, ending Matsuzaka's outing.

Alfredo Aceves entered and needed just one pitch to end the inning when Rasmus was doubled off first on Edwin Encarnacion's flyout to center.

Matsuzaka (1-5) gave up five runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter. His ERA rose from 6.15 to 7.20.

"He had a good first," manager Bobby Valentine said. "The first pitch of the second inning, it goes over the fence, and after that, he made decent pitches. ... If, if, if. But he didn't pitch well enough."

Blue Jays left-hander Aaron Laffey, making his 12th start of the season and first since Aug. 22, did not give up a hit until Jacoby Ellsbury's single leading off the fourth. Laffey lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter.

After Ellsbury's hit, the game was stopped for 58 minutes because of rain. Laffey would return, but Aceves was replaced by Andrew Miller.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Lavarnway led off with walk, and Mike Aviles singled. Scott Podsednik's single scored Lavarnway before Jose Iglesias lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who doubled Podsednik off first. Pedro Ciriaco's single scored Podsednik, cutting the Blue Jays' lead to 5-2.

The game was delayed again at that point, with two outs and two runs in, with Ciriaco on first in the bottom off the fifth. When play resumed after 65 minutes, right-hander Brad Lincoln replaced Laffey, getting Ellsbury to ground out to end the inning.

"Every time the umpire threw a ball back to me, it was getting wet," Laffey said. "You can be frustrated. It is what it is. It's over now. They allowed me to go back after the first delay. After the break, I really didn't have it. Plus the balls were soaking wet every time I tried to throw them."

The Blue Jays added a run in the eighth as Colby Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion, and Adam Lind opened the inning with consecutive singles off Vicente Padilla.

Lincoln went 2 1/3 scoreless innings before being replaced in the eighth by Brett Cecil. Lincoln earned the win, his first decision with Toronto since being acquired from the Pirates at the trading deadline.

NOTES: Red Sox right-hander John Lackey, who had Tommy John surgery in November, threw live batting practice for the first time Saturday afternoon. He threw about 15 pitches and felt good afterward, manager Bobby Valentine said. ... Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who left Friday's game with back spasms, sat out Saturday's game with the same ailment. ... Valentine said there has been no discussion on shutting down left-hander Felix Doubront, who has struggled recently while throwing a career-high 134 2/3 innings. ... The Red Sox have scored first in just two of their last 13 games. ... In 18 career games, Aceves has an ERA of 0.78 against the Blue Jays, allowing just three earned runs in 34 2/3 innings. ... Podsednik has hit safely in 15 of 16 starts at Fenway Park this season. In 18 career games at Fenway, he is batting .419 (26-for-62). ... Dustin Pedroia's 12-game home hitting streak was snapped. ... Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie had a scheduled day off Saturday. He returned to the lineup Friday for the first time since Aug. 3, as he had been sidelined with a strained left oblique. ... The Blue Jays have won five consecutive games in one season against the Red Sox for the first time since 2000. The Jays' record for consecutive wins in one season against Boston is six in 1988. ... Rasmus went 2-for-5, his fifth multi-hit game in eight career games at Fenway, all in 2012. In those contests, he' hit .324 (12-for-37). ... Hechavarria has a six-game hitting streak, a career high. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .293 in that span.
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