Victorino, Red Sox rally past Yankees
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Shane Victorino delivered the deciding blow for a second straight night, this time a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning that capped a furious Boston comeback in the Red Sox' 12-8 outslugging of the New York Yankees.
After coming through with a clutch single in the 10th inning of Boston's wild 9-8 triumph in Friday's opener of this key four-game series, Victorino snapped an 8-8 deadlock by crushing a Preston Claiborne (0-2) slider into the left- field seats that completed the Red Sox' rally from a five-run deficit.
Boston scored five times in the seventh, highlighted by Mike Napoli's game- tying grand slam off Boone Logan, and four more in the eighth en route to its fourth straight victory.
Napoli finished 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored, while Will Middlebrooks added a solo homer in addition to singling in front of Victorino's blast. Dustin Pedroia also collected three hits, including an RBI single.
Brandon Workman (5-2) aided the Red Sox' cause by turning in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Starter Felix Doubront struggled, though, walking six batters while being tagged for six runs in just 3 2/3 frames.
Alfonso Soriano had a two-run homer and Brett Gardner tripled in a pair of runs in what could be a crushing loss for the Yankees, who entered the day 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the final wild card spot in the AL.
09/06 23:16:49 ET