Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1

TORONTO - While desperation might not have crept into their minds as they limped out of Texas Sunday, the games have become more urgent for the Red Sox.

Each at-bat, each pitch has gained a measure of importance not felt in April or May. The calendar had begun to catch up with them.

So in the face of an encroaching Rangers team and a playing-out-the-string Blue Jays team, the Sox took advantage of the latter, parlaying Toronto’s wrongs and their own rights into a three-...