Boston Red Sox defeat Colorado Rockies, 4-3

DENVER - When it happened the first time, in 2004, Terry Francona was stricken with temporary amnesia.

"I actually don't remember getting out to the field," the Red Sox manager said of a moment burnished deep in New England memory banks. "You wait your whole life for that minute, and I don't know where the hell it went."

A minute that used to recur like a comet, once 86 years or so and missed by generations of Sox fans, is now beginning to feel like a birthright. For...