Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 9-3

TORONTO -- Ravaged in May by every affliction, it seemed, but plague and pestilence, the Red Sox last night badly needed a happy ending.

Something to soothe the ache of too many cases of the flu, too many late-night flights, too many games without Nomar Garciaparra and Trot Nixon in the lineup, and too many losses.

They needed something as therapeutic as the events that unfolded just when their plight grew bleakest. Moments after the Sox squandered a 3-0 lead against th...