MLB capsules: Red Sox rally late, extend lead over Blue Jays with 5-4 win

Boston Red Sox's Alex Verdugo, center, is congratulated by Hunter Renfroe, left, after his two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Boston. Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON — Alex Verdugo hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox rallied late for the second straight game, beating Toronto 5-4 on Monday night in the opener of an important series for the Blue Jays.