Nava's clutch hit gives Sox 8-7 victory over M's

Nava's clutch hit gives Sox 8-7 victory over M's
July 11, 2013, 8:45 pm
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SEATTLE -- After taking a 1-0 lead one batter into Thursday's game, the Red Sox spent much of the next nine innings either playing from behind or in a tie game.

Finally, Daniel Nava's single up the middle in the top of the 10th -- the sixth two-out single of the afternoon for the Sox -- propelled them to an 8-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Ryan Lavarnway worked a leadoff walk and Brock Holt pushed pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. An out later, the Mariners walked Jacoby Ellsbury but Nava foiled the strategy with a single that appeared to clip closer Tom Wilhelmsen's glove and continued into center, scoring Bradley Jr.

Koji Uehara, denied a spot on the All-Star team in Final Man voting which concluded hours earlier, locked down the bottom of the inning for his seventh
save.

The real start of the game was knuckleballer Steven Wright, who turned in a huge relief appearance, giving the Sox 5 2/3 scoreless innings from the fourth through the eighth, allowing just three hits in the process.

The Sox faced deficits of 5-1 and 7-4 but battled back both times.

In both the fourth and fifth innings, the team's Nos. 8 and 9 hitters - Brock Holt and Jose Iglesias contributed two-out run-scoring singles.

Ellsbury, who homered to lead off the game and extend his hitting streak to 19 games, also singled home a run in the fourth, giving him two RBI.

Ryan Dempster turned in his worst start of the season, giving up seven runs, though thanks to an error by Brock Holt in the four-run second, only four of those were earned.

Still, Dempster struggled in every inning after the first, allowing nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Steven Wright

The Red Sox needed length Thursday and Wright gave it to them. But beyond quanity, he provided quality, too, with 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, during which he allowed just three hits. The outing got him his first major league win.


HONORABLE MENTION: Brock Holt

The infielder made a costly error in the second then helped lead to three unearned runs, but he made up for the miscue with two two-out RBI singles and a nicely executed bunt that set up the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.


GOAT OF THE GAME: Ryan Dempster

Dempster had his worst start of the year, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings while allowing a season-high nine hits.

TURNING POINT: In the fourth, with Wright in and the Mariners already having scored twice, the Sox brought the infield in and Dustin Pedroia made a sweep swipe of a hard-hit grounder by Justin Smoak, limiting the damage.


BY THE NUMBERS: After going 16 innings without a run from the eighth inning Saturday through the first game of the series here, the Red Sox averaged 10 runs per game in their last three wins.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "He won the game for us-- or gave us a chance to win. If he doesn't pitch the way he does...'' Ryan Dempster on reliever Steven Wright.