The Red Sox won two games today. The first one came after a 15 inning grind that ended at 12:14 am this morning when Stephen Drew singled to win the game and send the Red Sox back into first place in the AL East. Their second win came just moments ago, with Daniel Nava sending a deep drive over Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders’ head to cap-off a six run ninth inning and give Boston a Major League-leading 66 wins. Winning the third and final game in the series against the Mariners also moves the Red Sox a full game clear of their division-rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays (who were idle tonight).
Unfortunately for NESN’s Jenny Dell, she was not able to get out of the way of the Gatorade splash meant for Jonny Gomes, though was awesomely unfazed.
Highlights of the Red Sox dramatic comeback win:
“In a word: magical,” said an elated Red Sox manager John Farrell during a press conference on NESN after the game.
It was the 11th walk-off win for Boston this season (most in the league).
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Trailing 7-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino’s solo home run appeared to be innocuous, but it ended ultimately up proving critical. A determined effort from Red Sox relief pitcher Steven Wright (who coincidentally recorded his only other win of the season in an 8-7 triumph over the Mariners) kept the Mariner run tally at seven.
In the ninth inning, the Red Sox went to work, slowly chipping away at the Seattle lead.
“We stayed with a consistent approach,” Farrell noted.
After newly installed third baseman Brock Holt doubled with runners on base, the Sox systematically erased the remaining Mariner lead. Four RBI singles from Shane Victorina, Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, and Daniel Nava turned what appeared a definite loss into an unlikely 8-7 win.
At 553 runs scored this season, the Red Sox are the most prolific offense in all of Major League Baseball. As the Arizona Diamondbacks arrive tomorrow for a three-game series, Boston continues in a stretch of favorable games, though the NL West contenders will be difficult competition.
“Just a lot of quality at-bats”