The Red Sox finished a 6-3 road trip with a gritty 11-8 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
The win moved the Red Sox back into a two-game lead over Toronto in the American League East.
The game was a classic September pennant race battle. After trading single runs in the first inning, Boston jumped ahead 4-1 in the top of the second courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 24th home run of the year driving in Brock Holt and Sandy Leon.
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Toronto scored five times in the bottom of the third inning with four coming on a Troy Tulowitzki grand slam off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz lasted just three innings and was charged with six runs on four hits and an equal number of walks. He allowed two home runs.
Jay starter Aaron Sanchez struggled just as much as Buchholz, allowing six runs in 3.2 innings, turning the game into a battle of the bullpens.
Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon each had two hits. David Ortiz (pictured) slammed a three-run home run off Toronto reliever Joaquin Benoit (he of the "this game is tied...this game is tied...David Ortiz! David Ortiz!! DAVID ORTIZ!!! home run in the ALCS when he pitched for Detroit) in the sixth.
Craig Kimbrel closed out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts for his 25th save of the year.
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