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Gomes gives the Red Sox an 'exciting' win

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 29, 2013 12:40 AM

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If you were at Fenway tonight or watching on television, did you notice the crowd and the level of excitement in the last few innings?

The Sox aren’t just a first-place team, they’re a fun one. The passion was evident at the park after a 7-5 victory against the Blue Jays.

“I was a fan at one time, big baseball fan still,” said Gomes, who drove in the winning run in the seventh inning. “I wasn’t here last year and the year before. But I definitely understood maybe how the fans think. But I think this is a different ball club and with that being said, it’s a pretty exciting ball club.

“We’ve got power; we’ve got defense; we’ve got some prospects; we’re putting a pretty good show on in between the lines.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a bases-loaded walk after Gomes singled. Andrew Miller was the winner with new closer Koji Uehara getting his third save in as many nights. He has not allowed a run in his last 8 2/3 innings, putting two runners on base and striking out 13.

Uehera, the game’s most excitable 38-year-old, came off the mound after the final out like he wanted to high-five all 36,383 of the fans.

And why not? The 49-33 Sox are 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. They have the best record in the American League and have won eight of their last nine at Fenway.

“It’s great,” Uehera said. “It really is."

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