Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1

As Daisuke Matsuzaka walked off the mound at the end of the seventh inning last night, he never raised his head.

Many in the crowd of 37,609, especially around the Red Sox dugout, rose and cheered, ushering him back toward his teammates with sounds of support that he has not always heard at Fenway Park. He didn’t acknowledge them, but it didn’t matter.

Matsuzaka had just finished his best performance since 2008, allowing just one run on three hits over seven innings in ...