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May 20, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Look, they play 162. Not all of them are going to stick out. But this was one of them.

Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, the Red Sox jumped ahead 5-2 over the Blue Jays last night. Then they fell behind 7-5. They were on the verge of losing when, in the ninth inning, they rallied for three runs to win both the game and series against the Blue Jays, a key division rival. The decisive blow was this:

The win was the Red Sox’ major-league 17th of the season in come-from-behind fashion. They have 27 wins overall, which means that a whopping 63 percent of their wins have come games during which they have trailed at some point.

As we’ve discussed, divisional games are critical to playoff chances because they comprise nearly half the schedule. The Red Sox are now 12-6 against the AL East, the best record in the division.

Oh, after the Sox took the lead, Matt Barnes came in and struck out three batters in the ninth, doing exactly what the Jays couldn’t: close the door.

It was all pretty inspiring stuff.

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