TORONTO -- With fourth place in the American League East at stake, the Red Sox' offense awoke from its slumber Friday night, sending the Red Sox to an 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The eight runs were the most scored by the Red Sox since Aug. 26 and delivered them just their third win in the month of September.
The victory also snapped a six-game losing streak against Toronto, which clings to a one-game lead over the Sox in the netherworld of the division.
Mauro Gomez slammed a two-run triple in the ninth inning to snap a 5-5 tie. Ryan Lavarnway, who had smashed a three-run homer earlier, delivered Gomez with a sacrifice fly.
Daniel Nava accounted for the rest of the scoring with a two-run single in the sixth.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had a brutal third inning that saw him hit a batter, walk three others and toss two wild pitches, was in line for his second win of the year before Vicente Padilla and Chris Carpenter allowed the Jays to even the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth.
Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth inning and posted the save.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.