The Red Sox pulled off a stunning comeback victory on Thursday, scoring six runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Mariners 8-7 at Fenway Park. Daniel Nava’s game-winning RBI base hit to deep center field gave the Red Sox their league-leading 11th walk-off victory, and their second in less than 24 hours.
The epic comeback started after Felix Hernandez’s departure following seven dominant innings during which he allowed one run and struck out eight.
Shane Victorino’s solo homer in the eighth made it a 7-2 game, setting up the dramatic final frame. The Sox managed to stay patient at the plate and hammer Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen and Oliver Perez, who replaced Wilhelmsen and then surrendered the game-tying and game-tying runs to inherited runners.
The Sox also walked off with a win in the wee hours of Thursday morning as well when Stephen Drew lined a game-winning RBI single down the right field line in the bottom of the 15th inning. The game was Boston’s longest of the season, lasting nearly six hours.