Dustin Pedroia crushed two homeruns and five RBI to lead the charge, and Wakefield finally received his big moment, tossing six innings of six-hit, five-run ball with six strikeouts in Boston's biggest game of the season. The win was the 45-year-old knuckleballer's first since July 24th, and made him the 108th pitcher in major-league history to reach the 200-win mountaintop.
Though things looked hazy early on. Caught in a back-and-forth battle midway through the fourth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury strolled to the plate facing a 5-4 deficit before slamming a solo shot to deep left center. The tying run marked just one of four hits in the game for the young outfielder, and was immediately followed by a Pedroia blast that put the Red Sox up for good.
Red Sox catcher Jared Saltalamacchia chipped in with two hits and four RBI. Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with three runs and a walk.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow earned his eleventh loss of the season, giving up seven runs in 5-1/3 innings of work.
With the win -- and Tampa Bay's loss -- Boston stretches its Wild Card lead over the Rays to four games with only 15 left to play.