Bill Buckner hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and Marty Barrett homered in the ninth today to give the Boston Red Sox a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Heavy rain delayed the game in the bottom of the fifth with Toronto ahead, 3-2. Play resumed under bright sunshine 3 hours 16 minutes later, but without Blue Jays Manager Bobby Cox, who was ejected apparently for questioning umpire crew chief Joe Brinkman's decision to resume play. Had the game been called, the Blue Jays would have won.
Wade Boggs led off the Boston eighth with an infield single against Jim Acker (4-2) and Jim Rice got an infield hit. An error by third baseman Rance Mulliniks allowed the runners to advance and Buckner singled off reliever Gary Lavelle.
Barrett hit his second homer of the season leading off the ninth.
Tony Fernandez (three hits, three RBI) put the Blue Jays ahead, 3-2, in the fourth inning with his second homer after Jesse Barfield's infield hit.
Boston opened a 1-0 lead in the first on Rice's RBI single. The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second on Glenn Hoffman's RBI single.
Toronto cut the margin to 2-1 in its half of the second when Fernandez' single scored George Bell from second.
Cox started Ron Musselman, who had pitched 39 straight games in relief, instead of the scheduled starter, Dave Stieb, because of the prospect of rain.