Eight is the magic number

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Mike Carp connected for a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning as the Red Sox put another nail in the Rays playoff coffin with a 7-3 win Wednesday night.

Carp sent the first pitch from the former Fausto Carmona over the center-field fence. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar in 2003.

Carp said, "He hung a slider, and I did a lot more than I expected to do with it. When I saw it go over the fence, it was ... wow."

Wow is right. The Red Sox have now won a staggering 22 games in their last at-bat, and are 10-5 in extra innings.

The Red Sox are a baseball best 89-58 on the season and lead the AL East by 9 1/2 games. With their 89th win of the year, the Sox have improved to 20 games better than last seasons disaster. It's the biggest turnaround since the 1967 “Impossible Dream” team.

The Red Sox magic number is now at eight games.

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