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Home runs the difference in latest Red Sox win

Rob Bradford
August 07, 2018 - 10:38 pm

TORONTO -- Remember last year, when the Red Sox' strategy to score runs was based on grit, guile and a little bit of good fortune?

Forget that.

Down in the eighth inning? Let J.D. Martinez blast a three-run homer to give the Red Sox a late-inning lead against the Blue Jays. Craig Kimbrel blown save? No problem. Mitch Moreland answers with his own three-run blast in the 10th. Need some insurance? Jackie Bradley Jr. goes deep for two more runs.

"I wasn’t thinking single," Moreland said with a smile.

It's as easy as that. At least it was in the Red Sox' 10-7 win over the Jays Tuesday night. (For a complete recap of the Sox' win, click here.)

There were plenty of potential pitfalls in Alex Cora's club's 80th win of the year. (Yes, that is 13 shy of last year's division-winning total.) Drew Pomeranz only lasted 4 2/3 innings. Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Kimbrel and Tyler Thornburg each surrendered runs. And up until the explosion of power, the Sox did very little against Toronto starter Marcus Stroman.

For much of the night, this sure seemed like a textbook hangover from that four-game sweep of the Yankees. This mattered a lot to the Blue Jays, and really didn't a huge difference-maker for the Red Sox.

But there are many reasons why the Red Sox' find themselves in this position, and the ability to hit home runs when it counts the most is one of them. At least it was this time around.

Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon made the defensive play of the game ...