Rance Mulliniks drove in three runs with three hits, including a homer, to lead the Blue Jays to a 9-5 victory today over the Boston Red Sox in Toronto.
The victory ended Boston's three-game winning streak and a three-game loss streak by Toronto. It also moved the Blue Jays within one game of the first-place Red Sox in the American League East.
With the score tied at 5 in the sixth, Ernie Whitt and Lloyd Moseby hit consecutive doubles off Boston reliever Luis Aponte (3-3). Moseby went to third on Mulliniks' sacrifice and scored on Barry Bonnell's sacrifice fly. The Blue Jays added a run in the seventh on doubles by Dave Collins and Willie Upshaw and made it 9-5 in the eighth on an RBI single by Mulliniks, who Toronto Manager Bobby Cox said "has a great day almost every time he plays."
"It just wasn't our day," said Boston Manager Ralph Houk. "We lose (starting pitcher Mike) Brown with a pulled groin, a couple of freak plays prevent us from scoring some more runs, you name it."
Brown suffered the injury in the second inning when he raced off the mound to field a grounder.