Napoli’s walk-off homer powers Red Sox past Yankees

It was a strange night for Mike Napoli who struck out three times, hit into a double play, left seven runners on base and hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, but that wasn’t even the biggest story as he belted a two-out, walk-off home run on a 2-2 pitch to dead center field in the eleventh inning as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-7 Sunday night at Fenway Park in a game lasting just under five hours.

“He gets a 2-2 fastball over the plate and fortunately he walks us off,” manager John Farrell said. “I guess that is a snap shot of is career path. You know, and certainly live with some swing and miss, but his ability to drive the ball to all fields is present every time he steps into the batters box.”

Trailing 3-0, the Red Sox scored four times in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead, capped by a mammoth, three-run, home run over the Monster from Napoli, scoring Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. They added two more in the fifth inning on a two-run single from Shane Victorino and another in the sixth on a solo home run off the bat of Jonny Gomes. The Yankees would not down without a fight as they came back to score two runs in each the sixth and seventh inning off relievers Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa to tie the game at seven.

Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster settled down after allowing three runs over the first two innings and throwing 50 pitches. He finished going 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs on six hits, but walked four. He didn’t have his best stuff, but was able to pitch through it keeping the Sox in the game. Following Tazawa, Matt Thornton Koji Uehara, Drake Britton and Pedro Beato (win) each pitched scoreless innings in relief.

The Red Sox will now begin a critical four-game series with the red-hot Rays beginning Monday night (7:10, NESN) where Brandon Workman will make his Fenway debut and take on Matt Moore.

What they’ll be saying: This was your typical Red Sox-Yankees game lasting over four hours, but with plenty of drama, none bigger than Napoli’s walk-off home run. It was the ninth time the Red Sox have walked-off this season, which leads all of major league baseball … A lot of credit should go to the Red Sox’ young relievers in Britton and Beato who came on in tough, high-pressure situations and were able to perform very well. Also to Thornton who rebounded nicely after a poor outing on Saturday … Despite the win it wasn’t all positives as the team committed three errors as well as going 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.