There was a point tonight—this morning, actually—when the Red Sox made a mid-17th-inning pitching change so that Ezequiel Carrera could face Fernando Abad instead of Blaine Boyer. That is what this Boston-Toronto game was. That, and the Blue Jays’ franchise-record 23 strikeouts. That’s it.
Hanley Ramírez mercifully ended things in the bottom of the 19th inning by driving home Mookie Betts, who’d gotten aboard with a double.
The 3-2 win means that the Red Sox have gained a game on the Yankees, who lost to the Orioles on a Manny Machado walk-off. Victory.