Napoli's grand slam sparks comeback, 12-8

Napoli's grand slam sparks comeback, 12-8
September 6, 2013, 11:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- This time, the seventh inning comeback belonged to the Red Sox. And this time, the team rallying from behind never looked back once it got ahead.    

A night after the New York Yankees scored six times in the seventh to erase a five-run deficit only to lose in extra innings, the Red Sox erased a five-run lead with five runs and tacked on four more to stun the Yankees, 12-8.    

Mike Napoli's grand slam -- his third of the season and second against the Yankees this year -- capped the five-run seventh and Shane Victorino's two-run homer in the eight keyed the eighth inning assault.    

Napoli has three grand slams this season. Only Babe Ruth, who had four in 1919, had more in a single season in franchise history.    

Seven of the nine position players in the Red Sox' starting lineup knocked in at least one run.    

The Red Sox have won four in a row, and have scored 41 runs in their last three games alone.    

Felix Doubront had another poor start, failing to get past the fourth inning for the fourth time in the last six starts as the Yankees raced to a 6-2 lead. It grew to 8-3 off reliever Rubby De La Rosa before the Sox began to claw back.    

The Yankees were without the services of their two best relievers - Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera -- and that proved to be costly. Phil Hughes, Boone Logan, Preston Claiborne and Joba Chamberlain all were boxed around in the seventh and eighth when the Sox combined for nine runs.


Napoli's grand slam in the seventh forged an 8-8 tie and sent the Red Sox on their way, but that wasn't his only contribution. He also had a single, double and two walks, meaning he's reached base in eight straight plate appearances, dating back to Thursday night.

Victorino applied the finishing touch to the Red Sox comeback, smacking a two-run homer in the eighth to snap an 8-8 tie and give the Red Sox their first lead of the night. Victorino has 19 RBI in his last 19 games.


When Hughes entered the game, the Yankees were leading by five. When he left, they were about to be tied. Hughes allowed four runs and got only one out.

TURNING POINT: Two small things helped set the stage for Napoli's game-tying grand slam: Dustin Pedroia's all-out hustle down the line to beat out an infield roller to third and Mike Carp working a walk after falling behind in the count 0-and-2.

BY THE NUMBERS: Mike Napoli has three grand slams this season - two against the Yankees. In Red Sox history, only Babe Ruth (four in 1919) has hit more grand slams in a single season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Yeah, I wanted to get up there one more time, for sure.'' A smiling Mike Napoli, when it was pointed out that David Ortiz, hitting ahead of Napoli, had a 3-and-1 count with two runners on in the ninth.