The Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of Josh Beckett’s being scratched from his scheduled start by scoring seven runs off substitute Michael Bowden to beat Boston, 11-5, Monday night in a game called in the seventh inning because of rain.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Red Sox, who could have clinched the AL wild card with a victory. Their magic number was reduced to one over Texas, which lost to the Angels.
Jose Bautista, Aaron Hill and Rod Barajas homered for the Blue Jays, who had lost six straight to the Red Sox and eight in a row at Fenway Park.
Kevin Youkilis homered twice and David Ortiz hit one for Boston, which had one run in and two men on with no outs in the seventh when a sudden downpour stopped play. The game was called after a delay of 62 minutes.
Bowden (0-1) allowed seven runs and seven hits in three innings.