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Red Sox top Yankees in 11 on Napoli's second home run

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BOSTON -- Mike Napoli's teammates weren't so concerned about what he did in the middle innings after his two home runs -- one to start things off, the other to finish it.

Napoli hit a three-run shot after the Red Sox fell behind early, then he ended the game with a solo shot with two outs in the 11th inning, and Boston beat the New York Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.

"He's a dangerous batter," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He can do damage at any point in the game."

Napoli ended the 4-hour, 46-minute game at 12:53 a.m. Monday.

The Red Sox scored seven runs after falling behind 3-0, thanks in part to Napoli's three-run homer in the third inning that cleared the seats above the Green Monster and the billboard above them. But they coughed up the lead when New York scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie it at 7.

It stayed that way until Napoli hit a 3-2 pitch from Adam Warren (1-1) into the center field bleachers. Napoli also struck out three times and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth.

"I had a chance to win it in the eighth -- to put a run across with a sac fly," said Napoli, who has four home runs in his past 12 games and 13 for the season. "That's what is so great about this game -- you always get another chance. You've just got to keep going. You can't do anything about it."

Pedro Beato (1-0) pitched the 11th for the victory, giving up a single to Eduardo Nunez before he was erased trying to steal second (replays showed he was barely safe).

Nunez, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano had three hits apiece for the Yankees. New York had runners at first and second with one out in the 10th but Drake Britton, making his second major-league appearance, got Lyle Overbay to ground into a double play.

"Only his second time out there, against a good club and our rivals," Saltalamacchia said.

The Red Sox are 60-40 through their first 100 games, 1½ games in front of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and seven in front of the fourth-place Yankees. Boston won the three-game series between the longtime rivals on a weekend when New York learned that both shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez won't be able to return from the disabled list anytime soon.

"We battled back and gave ourselves an opportunity to win that game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a shame we had to lose in extra innings."

Boston moved Ryan Dempster up in the rotation to give Jon Lester a couple of extra days' rest after the All-Star break, but things started off poorly for the Red Sox right-hander.

Gardner, who also had three hits on Saturday, led off the game with a single, and then went to third when Dempster fielded Ichiro Suzuki's comebacker and threw it into center field for an error. Suzuki stole second, and Saltalamacchia threw the ball into center for another error that allowed Gardner to score and Suzuki to move to third. He scored on Vernon Wells' single to make it 2-0.

New York took a 3-0 lead in the second on Cano's RBI single.

The Red Sox rallied with a four-run third inning, taking the lead on Napoli's three-run homer. Shane Victorino added a two-run single in the fourth on a high chopper that bounced over the third baseman's head, and Jonny Gomes hit a home run in the fifth to make it 7-3.

But The Yankees scored two in the sixth on RBI singles by Gardner and Cano before Overbay hit into an inning-ending double play. They tied it at 7 in the seventh on two singles, two walks -- one of them a 15-pitch at-bat by Gardner -- and third baseman Jose Iglesias' error when he charged a bunt and threw the ball into the photographers' box.

That saved CC Sabathia from the loss, despite following up his worst start of the year with one almost as bad. He allowed seven runs on nine hits, two walks and two hit batters, striking out five in five-plus innings.

Notes

  • The Yankees said Rodriguez wouldn't be activated from the disabled list on Monday but would instead return to Tampa, Fla., for "rest and treatment" on his strained left quadriceps muscle.
  • The Red Sox confirmed that former closer Andrew Bailey would have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. He would finish the season with eight saves and a 3.77 ERA.
  • Boston RHP Clay Buchholz was scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews for a lingering neck strain that has had him on the DL since early June.
  • Sabathia, who was pitching on his 33rd birthday, is 0-2 with a 7.48 ERA on July 21.
  • David Ortiz recorded his fourth stolen base of the year, a career high.
  • Gardner fouled off eight consecutive pitches with a 3-2 count before drawing a walk in the seventh.
  • The crowd of 38,138 was the largest of the season at Fenway Park.
  • Dempster allowed five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and four walks, plus his own throwing error in the first inning. He struck out four in 5 1/3 innings and earned his fourth consecutive no-decision.
 
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Mike Napoli approaches the welcoming committee after ending another Yankees-Red Sox endurance test.  (USATSI)
Mike Napoli approaches the welcoming committee after ending another Yankees-Red Sox endurance test. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Napoli
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
New York

R. Cano
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF4131201 .280
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5110004 .277
Robinson Cano, 2B5032110 .306
Lyle Overbay, 1B6000026 .253
Vernon Wells, LF4111200 .240
Travis Hafner, DH3000023 .212
   a-Brent Lillibridge, PH-DH3010001 .067
Eduardo Nunez, SS6230013 .240
Chris Stewart, C3210201 .240
Luis Cruz, 3B5001023 .147
Totals44713578  
a-fouled out for Hafner in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Brett Gardner (34), Robinson Cano 2 (69), Vernon Wells (37), Luis Cruz (11)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (31)
SB - Brett Gardner (16, 2nd base off Dempster/Saltalamacchia), Ichiro Suzuki (14, 3rd base off Dempster/Saltalamacchia), Eduardo Nunez (4, 2nd base off Dempster/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Eduardo Nunez (2, 2nd base by Beato/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Nunez-Cano-Overbay
E - Luis Cruz (6, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia 5977252 4.37
Preston Claiborne 1000220 2.27
Boone Logan 1000030 2.05
David Robertson 1100100 2.01
Shawn Kelley 2000050 3.44
Adam Warren (L,1-1) 0.2111001 3.25
IBB - Ortiz by Preston Claiborne
HBP - Ellsbury (by CC Sabathia)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 102-72, Preston Claiborne 29-13, Boone Logan 14-11, David Robertson 17-11, Shawn Kelley 28-17, Adam Warren 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-4, Preston Claiborne 1-0, David Robertson 3-0, Adam Warren 1-1
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 28, Preston Claiborne 5, Boone Logan 3, David Robertson 5, Shawn Kelley 6, Adam Warren 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4120110 .307
Shane Victorino, RF5022022 .290
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6111013 .310
David Ortiz, DH4110203 .321
Mike Napoli, 1B6224035 .258
Jonny Gomes, LF4111100 .243
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5010031 .257
Stephen Drew, SS3100131 .228
Jose Iglesias, 3B5110023 .356
Totals428118515  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (22, Sabathia)
HR - Mike Napoli 2 (13, Sabathia), Jonny Gomes (8, Sabathia)
SH - Shane Victorino (6)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (26), Dustin Pedroia (57), Mike Napoli 4 (62), Jonny Gomes (26)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (17)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (37, 2nd base off Claiborne/Stewart), Shane Victorino 2 (13, 2nd base off Claiborne/Stewart, 2nd base off Sabathia/Stewart), David Ortiz (4, 2nd base off Claiborne/Stewart)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli, Pedroia-Drew-Napoli-Pedroia-Drew-Napoli
E - Ryan Dempster (3, Throwing), Jose Iglesias (4, Throwing), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster 5.1653440 4.28
Craig Breslow (H,9) 1321100 2.91
Junichi Tazawa (BS,4) 0.2100100 2.93
Matt Thornton 1000020 3.82
Koji Uehara 1100020 1.62
Drake Britton 1100100 0.00
Pedro Beato (W,1-0) 1100000 0.00
HBP - Suzuki (by Ryan Dempster)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 98-57, Craig Breslow 23-16, Junichi Tazawa 22-18, Matt Thornton 18-10, Koji Uehara 13-10, Drake Britton 15-7, Pedro Beato 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-6, Craig Breslow 1-1, Junichi Tazawa 2-0, Matt Thornton 1-0, Drake Britton 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 28, Craig Breslow 6, Junichi Tazawa 4, Matt Thornton 3, Koji Uehara 4, Drake Britton 4, Pedro Beato 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38138
Game Time - 4:46
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Tim Welke