BOSTON -- Jose Bautista almost single-handedly gave the Toronto Blue Jays a game they desperately needed on Saturday.
After his team had lost the first two games of a four-game series to fall 8 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East, Bautista belted two homers, the 200th and 201st of his career, and made big plays in the field and on the bases to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-2 victory over the first-place Red Sox.
The loss ended Boston's four-game winning streak and the Jays won for the second time in six games on their road trip.
Bautista, who hasn't had a great month, scorched a ball through the legs of third baseman Jonathan Diaz that was scored an error and delivered a run. He threw out a runner at the plate for the second straight game and also stayed in a rundown long enough to allow Edwin Encarnacion to get into scoring position for a first-inning run.
Bautista made it 2-0 in the sixth and, after Boston tied the score on Shane Victorino's two-run single in the seventh, he hit a two-run homer in the eight off Junichi Tazawa (4-3).
Jose Reyes, who singled before Bautista's second homer, singled home an unearned run in the ninth and then scored from first later in the inning.
Adam Lind drove in the other Toronto run with a first-inning single, the first of his three hits in the game.
Steve Delabar (5-1) yielded Victorino's hit but got the win. He struck out David Ortiz to end the seventh and then struck out the side in the eighth
Felix Doubront worked the first 6 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Esmil Rogers the first six for the Jays, the latter leaving with a 2-0 lead.
Bautista led off the sixth with a long home run.
Victorino started the bottom of the inning with a double off the glove of Lind at first base. Dustin Pedroia followed with a single to right, but Bautista gunned down Victorino at the plate with a perfect throw.
Pedroia stayed at first on the play and moved up on an Ortiz single, but Rogers struck out Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava.
The Red then tied it in the seventh despite getting another runner thrown out at the plate. This time, it was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, on a first-and-third squeeze bunt by Diaz. But Ellsbury loaded the bases with a single and Victorino tied it.
NOTES: Bautista is 3-for-14 lifetime against Doubront, all homers. He was just 18-for-100 in June before the homers. ... Ellsbury (two hits) extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... The Red Sox are taking a wait-and-see attitude on SS Stephen Drew, who strained his right hamstring on Friday night. They hope he is more day to day that disabled list but will wait to see if he makes it through seven or eight days and is still hurt. They summoned Diaz, a former Toronto farmhand signed as a minor league free agent by the Red Sox over the winter, from Pawtucket. ... LHP Mark Buerhle starts for Toronto against RHP Ryan Dempster in Sunday's series finale. Dempster, a Canadian, is 6-1 lifetime against Montreal (now Washington) and Toronto. ... The Red Sox signed 19-year-old second-round draft pick Teddy Stankiewicz. ... A large contingent of Blue Jays fans are here this weekend and engaged in dueling chants with the locals.