Boston leads 2-0 (as of 9/6)
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|Game 2: Friday, September 6|
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|Game 3: Saturday, September 7|
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|Game 4: Sunday, September 8|
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7:05 PM ET, September 6, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Red Sox storm past Yankees behind Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino
NEW YORK -- Two nights in a row, the Red Sox have pulled off the final rally at Yankee Stadium.
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Will Middlebrooks went deep for the third straight day and the Red Sox erased a five-run deficit in another wild game between these longtime rivals. One night earlier, the Yankees took an 8-7 lead with a six-run seventh -- only to lose 9-8 in 10 innings on Victorino's tiebreaking single.
"We never feel like we're out of it," Boston manager John Farrell said.
New York has lost consecutive games when scoring at least eight runs for the first time since September 1949, according to STATS. The last time it happened with both games at home was 1911 against Cleveland.
Napoli also doubled, singled and walked twice in a perfect night at the plate. He scored three times, one night after sparking Boston's ninth-inning comeback with a two-out single off closer Mariano Rivera.
The Red Sox, who began the day with a 6½-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay, have slowed New York's wild-card charge by winning the first two in a four-game set to improve to 9-5 against New York this year. They have scored 41 runs in their past three games and won 11 of 13 overall.
"We don't give up, we don't give in," Middlebrooks said. "It doesn't matter what the scoreboard says. We're going to come out, we're going to fight, we're going to grind it out."
Alfonso Soriano homered and Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple for the Yankees, but Phil Hughes and their depleted bullpen failed to preserve an 8-3 lead for Andy Pettitte. New York went hitless after the fifth inning -- and there was more bad news after the game.
Boone Logan came out with tightness in the back of his elbow, one batter after serving up Napoli's slam. The left-hander will have an MRI on Saturday.
Top setup man David Robertson is expected to be sidelined five or six days with tendinitis in the back of his right shoulder.
Not to mention, Rivera was unavailable after pitching three straight days.
"We've been dealing with this all year long," manager Joe Girardi said. "So it's a chance for other guys to step up, and they're going to get an opportunity."
"That would be a perfect game," Farrell said.
"Let's get the champagne then," Middlebrooks chimed in.
The game lasted exactly 4 hours, one night after the teams played 10 innings in 4:32.
Fired up all night, the 41-year-old Pettitte was pulled after six innings and 100 pitches. He struck out eight, but the bullpen betrayed him again.
In his previous outing, Pettitte was ahead 3-0 after 93 pitches when Baltimore chased him in a seven-run seventh inning. This time, Boston scored five runs in the seventh off Hughes and Logan.
Short in the bullpen after using seven relievers Thursday night, Girardi called on Hughes to begin the seventh -- his first relief appearance since 2011. After going 4-13 with a 4.86 ERA in 26 starts this season, Hughes was demoted to the bullpen this week.
"It's different, for sure. But you've got to find a way to adjust and, obviously at this time of the year, you've got to adjust pretty quickly," Hughes said.
He gave up two singles and a nine-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Mike Carp after getting ahead 0-2. Dustin Pedroia drove in a run with an infield single, and Hughes walked off to boos from the crowd of 44,117.
Logan struck out David Ortiz and went to a full count on Napoli before he lofted a high fly toward the short porch in right. Ichiro Suzuki made a desperate leap, but the ball bounced off the ledge just behind the fence and caromed up into the crowd for Napoli's sixth career slam and third this season. He hit one off Hughes at Yankee Stadium on June 1.
Napoli's game-tying grand slam was calculated at 335 feet, and would have not been out of any other ballpark, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It was the shortest grand slam this season, and Napoli's shortest career home run.
"Just got enough," Napoli said.
He raised his fist as he rounded first and received hearty high-fives when he returned to the dugout.
Daniel Nava then whistled a single past Logan's ear, and the reliever left with a sore arm.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront was all over the place, throwing only 46 of his 88 pitches for strikes in 3 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits -- two triples and a homer. Four of the six hitters he walked scored.
Derek Jeter walked in the first inning and Soriano followed with his 30th home run of the season, 13 for New York. He has 43 RBIs in 39 games since the Yankees reacquired him from the Chicago Cubs on July 26.
Linda Pizzuti, the wife of Red Sox owner John Henry, tweeted a photo of the birthday cake -- with a Yankees logo -- that she said the Yankees made for Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino as they celebrated at the ballpark. ... Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury sat out with a sore right foot. ... C Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore back. Saltalamacchia worked out during early batting practice and it's a "real possibility" he could be in the lineup Saturday, Farrell said. ... LHP David Huff, tabbed to replace Hughes in the rotation, makes his first start for the Yankees on Saturday against RHP John Lackey (8-12, 3.22 ERA).
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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|1st||A Soriano homered to left (408 feet), D Jeter scored.||0||2|
|2nd||D Ross singled to center, M Napoli scored, D Nava to second.||1||2|
|2nd||E Nunez tripled to deep center, V Wells scored.||1||3|
|2nd||C Stewart hit sacrifice fly to left, E Nunez scored.||1||4|
|4th||S Drew grounded out to first, M Napoli scored.||2||4|
|4th||B Gardner tripled to deep left center, M Reynolds and C Stewart scored.||2||6|
|5th||W Middlebrooks homered to left (392 feet).||3||6|
|5th||V Wells singled to right center, R Cano scored.||3||7|
|5th||M Reynolds singled to right, V Wells scored, E Nunez to second, E Nunez thrown out at third attempting to advance on play.||3||8|
|7th||D Pedroia reached on infield single to third, D Ross scored, S Victorino to third, M Carp to second.||4||8|
|7th||M Napoli homered to right (335 feet), S Victorino, M Carp and D Pedroia scored.||8||8|
|8th||S Victorino homered to left (376 feet), W Middlebrooks scored.||10||8|
|8th||D Nava walked, Q Berry scored, D Ortiz to third, M Napoli to second.||11||8|
|8th||S Drew singled to left, D Ortiz scored, M Napoli to third, D Nava to second.||12||8|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||44,117 (89.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||68 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake|
The Yankees bear no resemblance to the old Bronx Bombers, but the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano has injected some much-needed power. He's already tied for 2nd on the team in HR and he's played just 39 games.[+]
This is the first time the Red Sox have won 2 straight games, allowing at least 8 runs in each game, since 1977 vs the Brewers.
This is the first time the Yankees have lost 2 straight games, scoring at least 8 runs in each game, since 1949 against the Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators. The only other time in the Live Ball era (since 1920) they have done this was in 1932 vs the St. Louis Browns.
Brett Gardner gets his 10th triple of the season, becoming the 1st Yankee with 10+ triples, 20+ stolen bases and 30+ doubles in a season since Snuffy Stirnweiss in 1945
Will Middlebrooks now has a HR in 3 straight games, the longest streak of his career.
Mike Napoli's game-tying grand slam was calculated at 335 feet, and would have not been out of any other ball park. It was the shortest grand slam this season, and Napoli's shortest career home run.
Will Middlebrooks homered in his 3rd consecutive game. It's the 10th time a Red Sox 3rd baseman has homered in 3 straight games in the live-ball era, but only the 3rd time since 1980![+]
37-year old Alfonso Soriano hit his 30th home run of the season Friday against the Red Sox. This is Soriano's 4th season with 30 HR after turning age 30. That is tied for 3rd most among active players[+]
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