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Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 9: Boston's Rally Falls Short

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jose Bautista set a new Blue Jays franchise record for home runs in a season, and Adam Lind finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI as Toronto outlasted Boston, 11-9, in the opener of a three-game series from Fenway Park.

Bautista slugged his 48th homer during a three-run sixth inning, lifting him above George Bell's original mark of 47 set in 1987.

Lyle Overbay collected two doubles, scored twice and drove in a pair for the Blue Jays, who snapped a three-game slide. Yunel Escobar added four hits, an RBI and scored twice while Fred Lewis had three hits and scored in the victory.

Brett Cecil (13-7) allowed seven hits and five runs over six innings for the win. Kevin Gregg diffused a ninth-inning situation, getting the final out of the contest for his 32nd save.

Victor Martinez hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in five for the Red Sox, whose four-game win streak was halted.

John Lackey (12-11) was tagged in the loss for eight hits and seven runs -- six earned -- in just 4 1/3 frames.

Toronto forged ahead with five runs in the fifth. Escobar singled then stole second ahead of a walk to Bautista. Vernon Wells was plunked to load the bases, and Overbay's double scored two. John McDonald followed with a sacrifice fly and the Jays were up 5-2.

Lind added an RBI double and moved to third on an error, then Buck singled him home off new pitcher Michael Bowden for a five-run advantage.

In the sixth, Lewis scored on Bowden's wild pitch with runners on the corners, then Bautista hit the milestone homer, a two-run shot, over the Green Monster for a 10-2 game.

The Sox responded with three in the home half on a Martinez RBI groundout, Adrian Beltre double and Mike Lowell single.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out single in the seventh and later scored on an Escobar base hit to make it 11-5 for Toronto, but Martinez hit his second two- run shot of the game in the home half. Lowell came on with a man on and one out but hit into an inning-ending double play.

Jed Lowrie started the ninth with a ground-rule double, then Yamaico Navarro hit a two-out RBI single to score him. Daniel Nava followed with a double to make it 11-9. Gregg was called on and made short work of Martinez, who popped to short to end the game.

Martinez hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to get the Sox on the board, but Lind stroked a two-run double to knot the game in the second.

Despite the setback, the Red Sox lead the season series, 11-5...Toronto second baseman Aaron Hill sustained a right wrist contusion and left the game. X-rays taken were negative...Prior to the contest, the Red Sox added five names to the club's Hall of Fame. The inducted were Tommy Harper, John Valentin, Eddie Kasko, Don Zimmer and Jimmy Piersall.