Gose's five-RBI night powers Blue Jays past Sox

Gose's five-RBI night powers Blue Jays past Sox

Gose's five-RBI night powers Blue Jays past Sox
BOSTON -- The rain messed with Aaron Laffey before helping Anthony Gose to a moment he'll never forget.

Gose, the Blue Jays' rookie outfielder batting last in the lineup Saturday at Fenway Park, carried a Mendoza-line average into the night. At the end of nearly five hours of rain with some baseball mixed in, he ripped his first career home run to cap a 9-2 win over the Red Sox.

"It felt great," said Gose. "Still feeling it, so it's pretty good."

Gose said he knew the three-run shot to right off Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, pitching nowhere near a save situation, was gone off the bat. His teammates gave him a ball with scribbles on it -- not the one he hit out -- as a memento.

"Now I don't," Gose said when asked if he minded waiting through two hours and three minutes worth of delays.

Gose's most significant contribution may actually have come in a five-run second inning for Toronto, as they knocked Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka out after he recorded just four outs. Gose had a two-run single and then made it to third on a steal and a throwing error. That set up Rajai Davis' sac fly that made it 5-0.

Gose has three steals through the first two games of this series, while Red Sox starters have lasted just 5 1/3 innings.

"When you look at the tangible adjustments that Anthony Gose has made at the plate, they're real," manager John Farrell said. "His contact point has gotten to a much better place on the front edge of the plate. He turns on a good fastball, a mid-90s fastball and he shows you the power that's in there."

Friday night's game started an hour late because of rain, but the storms Saturday kept coming. Laffey, back in the rotation with J.A. Happ out for the season, felt like he was about to shut out the Red Sox on their home turf for a third time this season.

"I was in a really good groove, I was having that feeling like I was going to go the whole distance," Laffey said. "After the break I really didn't have it."

The first rain delay, a 58-minute one, short-circuited the southpaw. Laffey was flat when he came back out to start the bottom of the fifth inning, letting up Boston's only runs as the Sox came close at 5-2. The second rain delay came with the fifth inning one out away from conclusion -- and being official.

"As much talk as the weather in the area was all night and the size of the system that was to the west of us, that was a thought that went through I think a lot of peoples' minds," said Farrell of trying to get through five full innings. "Even before the game we talked about the potential of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow, but fortunately the grounds crew got it playable and we were able to put together a very good win."

Unfortunately for Laffey, that kept him out of line for the win. That went to Brad Lincoln, who was perfect in his 2 1/3 innings and helped push a dragging night along. Still, Laffey's scoreless-innings streak at Fenway this season reached 17 innings.

The demise of the Red Sox, now in last place in the American League East, is proving fruitful the Blue Jays. Their lineup is working across the board, with a home run Saturday from Yunel Escobar in the second and 11 hits combined. They have a three-game win streak overall and they can sweep this three-game set in a quick turnaround Sunday.

If the Blue Jays are successful, it'll be the first time they've won six straight at Fenway since 1989.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.