June 30: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
Recap: The Red Sox secured their 50th win of the season on the last day of June in thrilling fashion from what looked like it may be a chance squandered. The Sox led 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, but the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista hit a game-tying home run with one out in the inning. After allowing a single to the next batter, Uehara battened down the hatches and sent the Sox into the bottom of the ninth with the game still tied. Jose Iglesias grounded out to start the inning, but a single by Brandon Snyder and a walk to Jacoby Ellsbury put the winning run on second base. Jonathan Diaz came in to run for Snyder, and Shane Victorino won the game with a hard grounder to first that was misplayed by first baseman Josh Thole, allowing Diaz to score from second.
They said it: "I think a lot of people doubted this team, the capabilities that we had… We've got that target on our back because we're in first place. But you know what? We're up for the challenge." – Shane Victorino