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Red Sox rally past Blue Jays in extra innings

Red Sox rally past Blue Jays in extra innings

TORONTO – Losing a lead in the late innings for the second straight night did not rattle the Red Sox.

Instead, manager Alex Cora’s team swiftly got up off the mat and left Toronto with an important 6-5 victory in 10 innings to salvage the finale of this three-game series on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Reliever Matt Strahm, after walking George Springer to open the bottom of the ninth, got through the Blue Jays’ fearsome 2-3-4 combo of Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alejandro Kirk to push the game to extras.

With the bases loaded and none out, J.D. Martinez was hit by a 1-2 pitch from David Phelps to snap the tie. Alex Verdugo, who hit a big two-run homer in the sixth inning, added an insurance, two-out, two-run double to the gap in left-center in the 10th.

The late-game heroics by Strahm and Verdugo took away the sting of Ryan Brasier giving up a game-tying double to Raimel Tapia in the eighth.

Though the Red Sox got on a roll starting on May 10 and have mostly stayed on it, the one thing they haven’t done yet is play well against American League East foes.

That trend continued when Boston came to Toronto with a 19-4 record in June, only to lose the first two games of this series.

On the strength of their getaway night victory, the Sox improved to 8-16 in divisional play this season.

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