(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox kept their remarkable turnaround this season by scoring six runs in the ninth inning Thursday night to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 8-7.
The Red Sox trailed by five runs heading into the ninth inning, but their rally was capped off by Daniel Nava’s single that scored Dustin Pedroia. It was the team’s 11th walk-off win this season.
“I don’t think anybody saw that coming,” Nava said after the game. “You could see it happening, but it was still too far off.”
“We don’t quit. Ever,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “We truly believe we have a chance to do something special on a given night or given year. And that happens to be this year.”
The Red Sox won, but you can’t blame Marniers’ starter Felix Hernandez. Hernandez went seven innings while striking out eight batters and allowing just one earned run.
Meanwhile, Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster was roughed up, giving up seven earned runs over six innings of work.
With the win, the Red Sox were able to remain in first place for another day. The team has a slim one-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN