Doubront, Sox tagged by Jays in rain-soaked Fenway, 9-6

801910.jpg

Doubront, Sox tagged by Jays in rain-soaked Fenway, 9-6

For much of this season, Felix Doubront has been the Red Sox' most consistent starter. But for the second time in his last four outings, Doubront failed to keep his team in the game.

Doubront was tagged for seven runs in six innings -- though only five of them were earned -- as the Sox dropped a slugfest with Toronto Blue Jays, losing 9-6.

The lefty gave up four runs in the first and another in the second as the Blue Jays took a 5-2 lead after two. He seemed to settle in that as the Sox mounted a comeback, tying the game in the fourth.

But Doubront allowed two more runs in the sixth on a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia and the Jays led the rest of the way, tacking on two more runs off reliever Matt Albers in the seventh for good measure.

Over his last four starts, Doubront has a 6.65 ERA. In three of those four starts, he's allowed at least four earned runs following a stretch that saw him go six starts in a row in which he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any one outing.

The game was interrupted in the top of the seventh by a rain delay that lasted nearly two hours.

David Ortiz belted two homers, giving him 398 for his career. The two-homer game was his 37th as a member of the Red Sox, tying him with Ted Williams for the most in club history.

Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Kalish added run-scoring single for the Red Sox.

Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

red_sox_pedroia_092416.jpg

Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

pablo-sandoval-4-2015.jpg

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.