Napoli slam highlights Sox win over A's

Napoli slam highlights Sox win over A's
April 22, 2013, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Mike Napoli continued his torrid streak Monday with a double and a grand slam as the Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak, beating the Oakland A's on a frigid Fenway night, 9-6.
     
Napoli knocked in the first Red Sox run of the night, then added the grand slam in the fifth inning, giving him 25 RBI in 19 games. The Red Sox club record for most RBI in April is held by Manny Ramirez, who had 31 in 2001.
     
Felix Doubront labored through 6 2/3 innings, walking five -- including three in the fifth inning, which required 30 pitches for him to complete -- but improved to 2-0.
     
A's starter A.J. Griffin pitched into the fifth for Oakland without getting an out. He allowed nine runs -- seven of them earned -- on eight hits.
     
Will Middlebrooks, mired in a 4-for-44 slump, drove a line drive into the Monster Seats for a three-run homer in the fourth.
     
Clayton Mortensen was tagged for three runs in the eighth before being relieved by Alex Wilson. The game got close enough that John Farrell went to closer Andrew Bailey for a save in the ninth.

STAR OF THE GAME: Mike Napoli     
Napoli drove in five runs with a double and a grand slam, giving him nine doubles and 25 RBI in 19 games this season. He's driven in at least one run in eight of his last nine games.
     
HONORABLE MENTION: Will Middlebrooks   
Since he had that three-homer game in Toronto two weeks ago, Middlebrooks was 4-for-44. But two on and one out in the fourth, he slammed a three-run homer into the Monster Seats to give the Red Sox their first lead of the night.
   
GOAT OF THE GAME: A.J. Griffin  
Griffin was given a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, and three innings later, he was gone from the game, having been charged with nine runs. Two big homers -- the grand slam to Napoli and the three-run shot to Middlebrooks -- helped do him in.

TURNING POINT: An error by Oakland second baseman Andy Perrino - who dropped a throw on what should have been a force out - opened the door for the five-run inning by the Sox in the fifth.

BY THE NUMBERS: Dustin Pedroia was 0-for-4, meaning that, for the first time this season, he failed to reach base safely. That had been the longest such streak to start a season since Manny Ramirez reached in his first 23 games in 2001.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "He feels very comfortable in this ballpark. He's doing exactly what we hoped he would do. I'd hate to think where we'd be without him." - John Farrell on Mike Napoli.