Verdugo's clutch homer continues Red Sox' amazing comeback trend originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The comeback kids have done it again.
The Red Sox trailed the Toronto Blue Jays by one run with just five outs remaining Monday night before Alex Verdugo smacked a two-run, eighth-inning home run into the Fenway Park bullpen to give Boston a 5-4 lead.
Verdugo's score-flipping homer proved to the be the difference, as closer Matt Barnes slammed the door in the ninth inning to seal yet another comeback win.
Monday's late heroics came one day after Boston's wild rally against the New York Yankees in which the Sox scored five runs in the eighth inning (after Verdugo broke up Domingo German's no-hit bid) en route to a stunning 5-4 victory.
When's the last time the Red Sox pulled off back-to-back late-inning comebacks, you ask? That'd be the 2018 season, which ended with 108 regular-season wins and a World Series title.
This team's flair for the dramatic isn't a recent phenomenon, either. Alex Cora's club has come from behind to win a major league-leading 33 games this season.
For context, the Red Sox are 62-39 through 101 contests -- meaning they've staged comebacks in more than half of their victories (53.2%) and own the second-best record in baseball despite trailing in 71% of their games this season.
"It’s hard to get 27 outs against us," Cora said after the game, via The Boston Globe. "We know that."
That's been especially true lately, as Boston is 4-1 in its last five games despite trailing in all five contests.