BOSTON - On Wednesday night, the Red Sox scored a thrilling 5-4 victory in 15 innings. Turns out, that was just a warmup for Thursday night.
In their biggest comeback of the season, the Red Sox rallied from six runs down at one point and scored six in the bottom of the ninth
to pull off an improbable 8-7 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox went to work against the Mariners' bullpen.
A two-run double by Brock Holt and run-scoring singles by Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia edged the Sox closer. Jonny Gomes,
pinch-hitting for Mike Carp, tied the game with a run-scoring single.
With the bases loaded, Daniel Nava lined a single over the head of center fielder Michael Saunders for the victory. It was Boston's 11th
walk-off victory in 57 home games at Fenway this season.
This looked like a blowout early as Ryan Dempster spotted the Mariners and their ace Felix Hernandez a big lead.
Dempster and the Red Sox were already in trouble after falling behind 2-1 after three innings.
But when the Mariners tacked on a run after a leadoff triple from Kyle Seager and a single from Kendrys Morales in the fifth, the
game started to get out of hand.
And, when later that inning, No. 9 hitter Henry Blanco -- who came into the game hitting just .171 -- belted a grand slam into the Monster
Seats to make it 7-1 Seattle, the game seemed effectively over.
In his past six starts, Dempster is 1-0 with a 5.68 ERA. He's also issued 12 walks in his last 16 2/3 innings.
The Sox mustered little against Hernandez, who held them to a single run in seven innings. A sacrifice fly by David Ortiz produced
A solo homer by Shane Victorino in the eighth was the only other run scored by the Red Sox until they snapped awake in the bottom of the
STAR OF THE GAME: Daniel Nava
Nava started the ninth inning rally with a walk, then finished it off with a walk-off single over the head of Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders. It was Nava's second last at-bat hit against Seattle this season.
HONORABLE MENTION: Shane Victorino
Victorino homered in the eighth to put the Sox on their comeback track, then contributed a two-run single in the ninth to bring the Sox to within a run and setting the stage for the final rally.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen inherited a 7-2 lead in the ninth and failed to retire any of the first four hitters, all of whom eventually came around to score.
TURNING POINT: On a 2-and-2 pitch to Jonny Gomes in the ninth, it appeared as though Yoervis Medina had Gomes struck out for
the second out of the inning. Instead, the pitch was called a ball and Gomes later singled, delivering the tying run
BY THE NUMBERS: The walk-off was the 11th for the Red Sox in 57 home games. The franchise record for walkoffs is 13, set in 1940.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "That was microwave baseball -- everything was pretty instant, defense and offense.'' -Jonny Gomes, who entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and drew a walk, made a great running catch for the final out in the top of the ninth and then singled home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth.