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Behind Three Home Runs, Red Sox Pummel Yanks

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- There once was a time when fans of the Boston Red Sox walked with trepidation into Yankee Stadium. With two World Series under their belts in the last 10 years, those days of fear an anxiety have come to pass, as evidenced by the Red Sox’s 12-8 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

The Yankees took an 8-3 lead going into the top of the seventh inning, a lead that their usually dependable bullpen blew for the second straight night.

Yankees’ starting pitcher Andy Pettitte could only look on in disbelief, as his outing of three earned off five hits with eight strikeouts over six innings vanished over the course of the seventh inning.

With Phil Hughes on in relief for the first time this season, and the first time in two years, the Red Sox scored four earned runs off three hits, as Hughes left with only one out the seventh with the score 8-7 New York.

“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.

The Red Sox rally began with a David Ross single to left-center field. With one out, and Ross at second base, pinch-hitter Mike Carp replaced Jonny Gomes and drew a walk, moving Shane Victroino to second after his single earlier in the inning. The bases were now loaded for captain Dustin Pedroia, who singled to third base for an RBI that scored Ross, 8-4 New York.

Having seen enough, the Yankees pulled Hughes for lefty specialist Boone Logan. Logan quickly struck out David Ortiz for the second out, but was unable to similarly fool Boston first baseman Mike Napoli [3-for-3] who cannoned a grand slam to right-field on a full count, tying the game at 8-8 for his 19th homer of the season.

“We’ve been dealing with this all year long,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi. “So it’s a chance for other guys to step up, and they’re going to get an opportunity.”

For Napoli, the grand slam was the shortest one hit in all of 2013 an estimated 335 feet [credit ESPN Stats], and was also his third of the season, tying him for second most in a single season for Boston behind Babe Ruth’s four grand slams back in 1919.

“Just got enough,” said Napoli of the game-tying home run.

The top of the eighth inning was more of the same for the Red Sox, as Boston scored four more runs to take a 12-8 lead to complete the comeback.

The cry heard around the stadium by Yankees’ fans was the same “Of all people, Victroino?” With one out, the Red Sox center-fielder connected on his 14th home run off Yankees’ reliever Preston Claiborne into left-field, putting Boston ahead 10-8.

Yankees’ reliever Joba Chamberlain came in for Preston to try an alleviate the situation, but found a way to make it worse, walking in a run to make it 11-8 Boston, followed by a Stephen Drew RBI-single that gave the Red Sox their final score of 12-8.

“We don’t give up, we don’t give in,” said Wil Middlebrooks, who hit his 14th homer of the season back in the fifth inning. “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.”

Since the start of the 2009 season, the Yankees have blown a lead of at least five runs nine times, with five of them coming against the Red Sox.

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