The Toronto Blue Jays took advantage after Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start, scoring seven runs off substitute Michael Bowden to beat the Boston Red Sox 11-5 Monday night in a game that was called in the seventh inning because of rain.
It was the fourth straight loss for Boston, which could have clinched the AL wild card with a victory and a Texas loss to the Los Angeles Angels later Monday night.
Jose Bautista, Aaron Hill and Rod Barajas homered for the Blue Jays, who had lost six straight games to the Red Sox and eight in a row at Fenway Park. Scott Richmond (8-10) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three in six innings to win his second consecutive start after going 0-6 in his previous 10.
Kevin Youkilis homered twice, and David Ortiz hit one for Boston, which had one run in and two men on with nobody out in the seventh when a sudden, torrential downpour stopped play. The game was called after a delay of 62 minutes.
Bowden, making the second major league start of his career when Beckett was sidelined with back spasms, got one quick out before Hill homered and then the next four batters hit safely to give Toronto a 4-0 lead. Youkilis hit a two-run shot in the bottom half, but Barajas hit a three-run homer in the third to make it 7-2.
Bowden (0-1) did not come out for the fourth inning. In all, he allowed seven runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out three.
NOTES: Red Sox C Victor Martinez, whose 25-game hitting streak was snapped Sunday in a pinch-hit appearance, singled in the first inning. ... Boston called up LHP Dustin Richardson from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated OF Chris Carter for assignment. ... The Red Sox honored former SS and manager Johnny Pesky a day after his 90th birthday. He threw out the first pitch and swung a fungo bat from the mound. ... Youkilis was 6 for 39 in his last 10 games before homering in his first two at-bats. It was the ninth two-homer game of his career, and fourth this season.