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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sox hit July running at 50-34

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- "Keep calm and chive on."

Brandon Snyder, a member of the Red Sox for all of five days and a catalyst Sunday to a 5-4 walk-off win over the Toronto Blue Jays in his first start for the team, was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with that message under his uniform. On the back was a Sox logo. The T-shirt came, he said, from Jonny Gomes.

Translation?

"It's kind of like, 'Keep calm, relax,'" Snyder said. "They made the shirts after the [Marathon] bombings as a charity [item]. They sent them all to Jonny, because he's kind of the leader. Great cause."

And an apt slogan for a team that has won an American League-best 50 games by the end of June, especially on an afternoon like this, when the Sox prevailed under circumstances that might have shaken a lesser bunch, a ninth-inning lead evaporating on Jose Bautista's third home run in two days, this one off Koji Uehara.

"We could have been totally crushed," said right-fielder Shane Victorino, whose terrific sliding catch at the foul line of Jose Reyes' liner just before Bautista's 19th home run may have saved a run. "But we never are. We just say, 'All right, guys, let's get right back at it.'

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