BOSTON (AP) — More than two hours of rain delays and a prank by his teammates didn't dampen Anthony Gose's mood after his first major league homer.
Gose drove in five runs and the Toronto Blue Jays moved out of the AL East's basement by beating the free-falling Boston Red Sox 9-2 on Saturday night in a game twice delayed by rain totaling 2 hours, 3 minutes.
Gose homered in the ninth — right around midnight — and his teammates had a little fun with him afterward, leaving a dirty, signed ball in his locker.
"I'm pretty sure it was fake and they wrote on it," he said, smiling. "I know I got a fake one, but that's good enough for me."
Yunel Escobar added a solo homer to spark a five-run second inning for Toronto, which has won five straight in Fenway Park — its longest streak since winning all six meetings in 1989.
It was the first time since July 29 that the Blue Jays haven't been in last place after they won their third straight to climb over the Red Sox.
"Really however long it takes to get a win, we'll stay all night if we have to," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said in his office, with music being blasted by the players in the clubhouse. "You can't say enough of what Brad Lincoln did coming out of the bullpen."
Scott Podsednik and Ciriaco had RBI singles for Boston, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
With Toronto leading 5-2 and two outs in the fifth — one away from an official game — heavy rain started when Jacoby Ellsbury was at-bat. Aaron Laffey threw two balls before crew chief Jeff Nelson called for the tarp for the second time.
After a 65-minute delay, Laffey became ineligible for the victory when he was replaced by Lincoln, who got Ellsbury to ground out. Under baseball rules, the starter must go five innings to get a win.
"Every time the umpire threw a ball back to me it was getting wet," Laffey said. "You could see the glare on the ball from the rain."
Lincoln (1-0) worked 2 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory, his first with the Blue Jays since being acquired from Pittsburgh in July.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5) took the loss, lasting just four outs and giving up five runs and five hits.
The Blue Jays chased Matsuzaka with the five-run fifth. Escobar belted the first pitch of the inning into the first row of seats above the Green Monster. Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI double, Gose followed with a two-run single before Rajai Davis added a sacrifice fly. Colby Rasmus then singled and manager Bobby Valentine came out to a loud boos to lift the Japanese right-hander. Both walked off nearly together, with Valentine slightly behind, to a spattering of more boos.