Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5

TORONTO -- This is how it will work from now until there are no more games to be played by the Red Sox this autumn.

The phone will ring for Mike Timlin when he is most needed, be it the seventh inning, as was the case last night, or for last call. And when Timlin is not around to finish off a game, Terry Francona will summon the kid, Jonathan Papelbon, who last night offered deliverance on a night the Sox and Timlin could not hold a three-run lead.

After Timlin gave up ...

TORONTO -- With each passing day and home run, he further transcends the gap between player and baseball superhero, his game-winning homer total and goodwill seemingly extending to infinity, and beyond.

Yes, the Greatest Clutch Hitter in the History of the Boston Red Sox, as John Henry pronounced him a week ago, hit his second game-winning home run in seven days, this one a two-out, top-of-the-11th solo shot to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, on a night the Sox bullpen coughed...