Recap - Napoli's 2 home runs help beat Yankees

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Mike Napoli hit two home runs including an eleventh-inning walk-off as the Red Sox outlasted the Yankees 8-7 at Fenway Park.

The Yankees jumped out to an early 3-0 thanks in part to the first of three hits by Brett Gardner and throwing errors by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Dempster.

The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia and Napoli's first home run of the night, a three-run blast to left field. Shane Victorino drove in a pair with a single in the fourth inning, and Jonny Gomes led off the fifth inning with his eighth home run of the season, giving the Red Sox a 7-3 lead.

New York tied the game with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings; by then both starters were long gone and the game was in the hands of the bullpen.

Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia struggled through five innings giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five. Sabathia's ERA in his last ten games against Boston is a whopping 6.06. Dempster started for the Red Sox and went 5.1 innings allowing five runs although only three of them were earned. He walked four and struck out four before giving way to reliever Craig Breslow.

Pedro Beato got credit for the win; he was one of six relievers used by manager John Farrell.

The Red Sox combined for eleven hits. Jacoby Ellsbury, Victorino, and Napoli each had two.

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