Nava makes most out of clutch opportunity

Nava makes most out of clutch opportunity
July 11, 2013, 9:45 pm
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SEATTLE -- Daniel Nava was in the midst of an 0-for-5 afternoon when he came to the plate in the top of the 10th inning, and the potential go-ahead run on second base in the person of pinch-runner Jackie Bradley.

The previous at-bats, though, were history. Nava had a game to win against Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen.

"He's got a really good fastball,'' said Nava of Wilhelmsen. "At the same time, he's got a really slow curveball. I think what helped was facing him (Wednesday night) because before that I hadn't faced him in more than a year. I was just trying to get on top of something and just go back up the middle.''

Which Nava did, driving a grounder through the box that Wilhelmsen attempted to glove, only to have the ball tip off his glove and continue into center, scoring Bradley with what proved to be the game-winner in an 8-7 Red Sox win.

The go-ahead base hit was the sixth two-out single on the day for the Red Sox, who found themselves clawing back from deficits of 5-1 and 7-4.

Brock Holt and Jose Iglesias supplied two-out run-scoring hits in the both the fourth and fifth. In the 10th, it was Nava's turn.

"It's how it goes,'' said Nava. "Some days you capitalize (on those chances) and today we did. Sometimes you don't, but I think today was a good day to get that third win of the series and take advantage of those two-out hits.''

With first base open, the Mariners elected to intentionally walk Jacoby Ellsbury before Nava came to the plate.

"We talk about what spurs inside a given player following an intentional walk,'' said manager John Farrell. "I can't say it was anything additional but he got a curveball he was able to hit a groundball back up through the middle.''

"Of course, there's a little bit inside that just goes, 'No way am I the guy they're going to get out without a fight,' '' said Nava. "If anything, when you come up in that spot, you want to have a good at-bat and put the ball in play hard.''