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The New York Yankees attempted a dramatic comeback on Thursday night, rallying for six runs in the seventh inning to take a one run lead. Unfortunately, Mariano Rivera would blow the save in the ninth, and the Boston Red Sox would go on to win in 10 innings. On Friday night, the Red Sox flipped the script on New York, and then they showed them how to finish the story. After rallying to tie the game with a five run seventh — highlighted by Mike Napoli’s grand slam off Boone Logan — Boston kept the offense rolling and continued piling on New York’s worn out bullpen to pull out a 12-8 win.
With Mariano Rivera and David Robertson unavailable due to their workload, Joe Girardi turned to guys like Phillp Hughes (four runs), Logan (one run), Preston Claiborne (three runs) and Joba Chamberlain (one run) to get those critical late game outs. Boston took full advantage. In addition to Napoli's grand slam, Shane Victorino also stayed hot as a right-handed hitter, delivering a two-run homer in the eighth.
As for Boston's bullpen, they did a pretty good job holding the Yankees at bay after Felix Doubront lasted only 3 2/3 innings. In 5 1/3 innings, four relievers held New York to two runs on four hits (all against Rubby De La Rosa). Koji Uehera pitched the ninth and extended his scoreless innings streak to 27. He's also retired 27 consecutive batters over his last nine appearances, which would be the equivalent of throwing a perfect game.
Untouchable: His season may be winding down, but Miami Marlins rookie right-handed Jose Fernandez showed the world he still has plenty left in the tank. In the Marlins 7-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday, Fernandez flirted with perfection for 4 2/3 innings and a no-hitter for 5 1/3. The first hit, a check swing roller up the third base line by another rookie, Zach Walters, would actually end up being the only hit Fernandez allowed in seven dominant innings. He also struck out nine, walked two, and had two hits of his own.
Who needs rest? Appearing in his fourth straight game, Aroldis Chapman set down Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez in the ninth inning to wrap up Cincinnati’s 3-2 win over the Dodgers and earn his 35th save. Actually, he didn‘t really set them down. That would be too gentle a description. He actually blew them all away on strikes with fastballs reaching at least 101 mph.
Cubs 8, Brewers 5: Chicago struck for five in the first inning against Kyle Lohse, including Junior Lake’s first career grand slam.
Orioles 4, White Sox 0: Chris Davis ended his two week home run drought with No. 48. Scott Feldman went the distance on the hill for his first career shutout.
Phillies 2, Braves 1: Cody Asche’s two-run homer in the seventh spoiled a great outing by Mike Minor and made a winner of Cliff Lee.
Indians 8, Mets 1: Facing the team that drafted him for the first time, Scott Kazmir struck out 12 Mets in six scoreless innings. He’s 8-7 with a 4.17 ERA on the season.
Tigers 16, Royals 2: Omar Infante and Andy Dirks each had five hits. The Tigers had 26 as a team.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 5: R.A. Dickey allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings to even his record at 12-12.
Cardinals 12, Pirates 8: No winning record just yet for Pittsburgh, but they made it interesting after trailing 12-1 in the seventh.
Angels 6, Rangers 5: Mark Trumbo's three-run homer helped the Angels snap a seven-game losing streak to Texas.
Padres 4, Rockies 3: San Diego plates two in the ninth on Chase Headley's solo home run and Jesus Guzman's game-winning single.
A's 7, Astros 5: Oakland reclaims sole possession of first place in the wild AL West.
Mariners 6, Rays 4; Tampa's lead in the AL Wild Card is down to two games over the Orioles and Indians.
''I don't know how many times it happened, two guys with five hits in the same game. It's just one of those games, a freak game.''
— Jim Leyland
That's Houston's Jose Altuve on the left and Oakland's Nate Freinman on the right. Twins?
• Mike Napoli hit only the third game-tying grand slam by a visitor to Yankee Stadium (old and new) since 1945. The most recent was Ellis Valentine in 1983.
• Speaking of Napoli's grand slam, it was measured at only 335 feet and would not have been a home run at any other major league park. (Via ESPN Stats & Info)
• Jose Fernandez is 8-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 14 home starts.