Red Sox’ resilience is needed now more than ever after recent skid

Red Sox’ resilience is needed now more than ever after recent skid

Red Sox The first half overachievers have lost five of their last six games and the top spot in the AL East. The Red Sox are 8-8 since the All-Star break, losing first place in the AL East while rivals make up ground in the standings. AP Photo/Scott Audette

When J.D. Martinez, harmlessly and with little suspense, popped a well-placed Matt Wisler slider to right field with the tying run on third base for the final out of yet another loss to the Rays Sunday, it felt like the first time this season that the Red Sox have failed to conjure a win when they’ve desperately needed one.

Not that there have been many moments of worry so far this season. The Told-Ya-They’d-Stink brigade took their victory lap after the Sox looked miserable in opening the season with three straight losses to the Orioles. The Sox won their next nine, including a sweep of the Rays.

As May turned to June, they lost three straight to Houston, then promptly won the fourth game of that series and swept the Yankees three straight in New York. This team has made a habit out of serving heaping helpings of crow to its skeptics.

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They’ve always responded. It’s one of the reasons this roster, with so many new and unfamiliar players, became so likable so quickly. It also helped, I…

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