Mr. Clutch: Victorino hits go-ahead homer
NEW YORK – Two games in a row, the Boston Red Sox have pulled off the final rally at Yankee Stadium.
Mike Napoli hit a tying grand slam in the seventh, Shane Victorino had a go-ahead home run one inning later and Boston beat the New York Yankees 12-8 on Friday for its fourth straight victory.
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 day 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.
Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, connected for a two-run shot off Preston Claiborne (0-2) in the eighth. Joba Chamberlain walked in a run later in the inning, and Stephen Drew made it 12-8 with an RBI single.
Victorino – who has hit nine of his 14 home runs since Aug. 3, all batting right-handed as he has abandoned switch hitting for a stretch – declined to speak to the media for the second game in a row, the Red Sox said on their website.
“Vic once again from the right-handed side of the plate against right-handed pitching, just an outstanding job,” Farrell was quoted as saying on the site.
Brandon Workman (5-2) threw 1 1/3 hitless innings and Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth, running his scoreless streak to 27 innings over 24 games.
New York has lost consecutive games when scoring at least eight runs for the first time since September 1949, according to STATS.
Alfonso Soriano homered and Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple for the Yankees, who led 8-3 in the fifth.