Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 5
Manny Ramirez's solo homer broke an eighth-inning tie and sparked a six-run outburst, and Pokey Reese drove in three runs on Friday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays.
Simon Pond hit his first major league homer for Toronto, a solo shot that tied it at 5 in the seventh. But Boston sent 11 batters to the plate in the eighth to face four Toronto pitchers before Terry Adams finally got Jason Varitek to pop up to stop the debacle.
Mike Timlin (3-1) threw two perfect innings in relief of Bronson Arroyo.
Micheal Nakamura (0-3) inherited a 5-5 tie when he came in to start the eighth inning and Ramirez greeted him with his 10th homer of the season, a shot that cleared the Green Monster, the seats above it and the fence behind them.
Varitek was hit by a pitch, and that was it for Nakamura. Valerio De Los Santos got one out before Kevin Millar doubled to put runners on second and third. Kerry Ligtenberg faced three batters -- walk, single, passed ball, intentional walk -- before Adams came in.