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Another day, another way
That was last year.
The merry ride back into pennant contention has been full of contributions from all corners — some of them even on the other teams.
"Take the lead, give it back, we continue to scrap and claw our way to manufacture a run in the ninth," said Boston manager John Farrell, whose new closer, Koji Uehara, blew the save on yet another Jose Bautista homer in the top of the ninth. "I thought the four-game series here we played very well."
Thole mishandled Shane Victorino's bouncer, chasing pinch runner Jonathan Diaz home from second to give Boston its fifth win in the last six games.
"I've played first base, that's what I'm here for," Thole said. "It (stinks). I've got to catch the ball and make an out."
The walk-off win took place after Bautista, who won Saturday's game with a pair of late homers, ruined Uehara's perfect save mark with a one-out solo homer.
Jacoby Ellsbury walked and closer Casey Janssen relieved Perez. Diaz ran for Snyder and scored when Thole booted what would have been at least one sure out. The run was charged to Perez, the first he has allowed after 15 straight scoreless innings.
Bautista hit his 25th career homer against the Sox, his 17th at Fenway Park.
It was Family Day at Fenway, and one could make the argument this was the day Snyder became a true member of the family.
The win, the fifth in the last six games, allowed the Red Sox to finish off a 17-11 June that saw them in first place in the AL East from start to finish.
Reyes hit his second homer, Bautista had three hits and Rajai Davis two for the Jays, who went 17-9 in June, including an 11-game winning streak. Toronto went 2-5 on a seven-game road trip.
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