Amazing rally lifts Sox to second walk-off win in 24 hours
Daniel Nava's long RBI single to deep center field capped a six-run ninth inning as host Boston rallied to stun Seattle, 8-7, on Thursday night and complete a three-game sweep.
Brock Holt delivered an RBI double, Shane Victorino had a two-run single and Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes added RBI singles before Nava jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Yoervis Medina and drove it over the head of center fielder Michael Saunders to give the Red Sox their major league-leading 11th walk-off win — and second on Aug. 1.
Victorino also clubbed a solo homer in the eighth for the Red Sox, who erased a 7-1 deficit after seven innings and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay atop the American League East. Steven Wright (2-0), called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier Thursday, earned the win with three scoreless innings in relief of Ryan Dempster, who was pounded for seven runs on nine hits in six innings.
Seattle wasted seven strong innings of one-run ball from ace Felix Hernandez and a grand slam from Henry Blanco to suffer their its consecutive loss at the hands of the Red Sox.
Kendrys Morales had four hits and a run-scoring single while Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak each had a pair of hits and an RBI single for Seattle, but the Red Sox stormed back against closer Tom Wilhelmsen — who failed to retire a batter — and fellow relievers Oliver Perez (2-3) and Medina.