With the Seattle Mariners melting down in front of their eyes, the Red Sox capitalized scoring six runs in the eighth, capped by Daniel Nava’s walkoff single, to erase a five-run deficit in the ninth inning beat the Mariners 8-7 to earn a sweep of their three-game series.
For the second straight night, the Sox won in walkoff fashion. This time, it didn’t take 15 innings. It was the Sox’ 11th walkoff win of the season.
With a completely rickety ninth inning, Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen threatened to let Felix Hernandez’s seven one-run innings go to waste. Wilhelmsen gave up two walks and two hits, including Brock Holt’s RBI double, and left the bases loaded without recording an out.
Oliver Perez walked into a four-alarm fire, facing Shane Victorino, who had just hit his sixth homer of the season an inning earlier. He smacked a two-run single to right field to cut it to 7-5. Dustin Pedroia followed up with a liner to left that scored Jacoby Ellsbury.
After David Ortiz struck out swinging, Jonny Gomes fell behind 0-and-2 but fought back to shoot the game-tying single up the middle.
Hernandez struck out eight while giving up just six hits, but was denied his second win over the Sox in a three-week span. Henry Blanco’s fifth inning grand slam of Ryan Dempster, the third of his career, appeared to blow the game open. It gave Hernandez, who came in 102-25 with 2.88 when he gets two or more runs of support, more than enough room to breath.
Kendrys Morales went 4 for 5 with an RBI. Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak both with 2 for 4, fueling an offense that swatted 11 hits, roughing up Sox starter Ryan Dempster, who gave up seven runs on nine hits and five walks, in arguably his worst start of the season.
The Sox have won all but two of their past 12 series at home.