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.