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Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Sox salvage win in extras

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The Red Sox needed eleven, but they got a much-needed win to close out what had been a rough series in Toronto

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

It took them extra innings, but the Red Sox managed to salvage a win from their series against the Blue Jays after a solid start from David Price and, yes, the first Buchholz relief appearance of the season.

While Boston would eventually leave on top, David Price would be the first to blink. He survived a pair of first-inning walks, then proceeded to knock down the Jays with some ease into the fifth inning. But, after a leadoff single from Ezequiel Carrera, Jose Bautista finally hurt the Red Sox, catching hold of an inside cutter and planting it high off the left field foul pole for a two-run shot.

As soon as they had fallen behind, however, the Red Sox finally started scoring themselves, and taking the lead for themselves. A Mookie Betts triple keyed the rally, with Dustin Pedroia driving in the right fielder. R.A. Dickey would load the bases with a single to Bogaerts and a walk to Travis Shaw, then lost a knuckleball into Hanley Ramirez' back to bring home a second run. He again struggled to find the strike zone against Jackie Bradley Jr., and one more walk later it was 3-2.

After recording the first out of the seventh, David Price would give way to Heath Hembree. And while Hembree would get the Sox into the eighth, he didn't do much of a job of getting them out of it, surrendering a leadoff homer to Edwin Encarnacion and then another pair of scattered singles before Robbie Ross Jr. came in to get the final out of the frame. That left things tied, and with Dustin Pedroia unable to make good on a ninth-inning scoring opportunity and Ross avoiding damage from a two-out rally in the bottom of the frame, the game headed to extra innings.

The Sox would, for the second time in as many innings, strand two men in the tenth, with Travis Shaw left just 90 feet away. But after Clay Buchholz recorded his first scoreless outing in relief, they finally managed to cash in in the eleventh. Once again given the opportunity to provide the big hit, Dustin Pedroia came through with a long fly ball to right that dropped past both Kevin Pillar and Jimmy Paredes and up over the wall for two bases, bringing home a fourth run. And if the bounce seemed likely to rob them of a fifth, that was quickly made right by Xander Bogaerts bringing Mookie Betts in to score on a ground ball.

That left just three outs to go, and while the Red Sox' bullpen was already worn out before this game went to extras, they still had Koji Uehara ready to go. Against Michael Saunders, Jose Bautista, and Josh Donaldson he provided three quick outs--two by way of the K--on 12 pitches to make up some for his Friday implosion, getting the Sox out of Toronto with a win.