BOSTON — — Franchy Cordero hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Trevor Story continued his recent surge with his fifth homer against the Green Monster in four days and Christian Arroyo added a solo shot for Boston, which recorded its fifth straight win and completed a four-game sweep over Seattle.
“Did you see how I reacted? I was going crazy,” said Arroyo, wearing a Celtics Jayson Tatum jersey. “We have this feeling, a bit like it was last year. We were winning games late, a reliever was coming in and we were losing three points, whatever. We have always fought back.”
Boston posted its first victory in extra innings after losing its first six downs.
The Red Sox trailed 4-3 when pinch hitter Christian Vázquez singled out Andrés Muñoz (1-2) in the 10th, edging out auto-runner Bobby Dalbec. After Kiké Hernández hit an equalizer single, Vázquez was ejected at home plate by right fielder Dylan Moore on Rafael Devers’ single, a critically confirmed play.
After an intentional walk and Story’s flyout, Cordero won it with his drive on the right on an 0-2 pitch. Seattle left fielder Jesse Winker and center fielder Julio Rodríguez stood in disbelief on the field for a moment before slowly walking away as the Red Sox celebrated at home plate, overflowing towards their dugout.
“I was looking for a pitch in the area,” Cordero, wearing a Celtics Marcus Smart jersey, said through a translator. “He hooked that slider and I was able to hit him well. … Super excited to see the boys jumping everywhere.
Adam Frazier singled in the 10th inning for Seattle after Eugenio Suárez’s homer tied it with two outs in the 9th.
Frazier also hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who were down six of seven and 19 of 25.
“He continues to focus on improving, and we had adversity early in the season, more than we really bargained for,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “That’s how it goes. You have to find a way to fight this. ‘What can I do to help the team win today?’ We need everyone to participate. It’s not just one guy.
With thunder and lightning at first base, Frazier lined up an RBI single to center against Jake Diekman (1-0), who picked up the win.
Suárez dominated the Monster seats against Hansel Robles.
The Red Sox nearly spoiled a strong outing by Nathan Eovaldi, who rebounded from a historic poor outing by striking out 11 runs while allowing two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
“I went back to basics for me,” Eovaldi said. “Stick the heaters down and away, but making sure I drop them in the area. … I felt like I did a better job of really commanding the area.
He became the third pitcher in MLB history to be scored for five home runs in one inning in a loss to Houston last Tuesday, joining Toronto’s Chase Anderson (Sept. 17, 2020 vs. Yankees) and Milwaukee’s Michael Blazek (July 28, 2017). , vs. Nationals).
Story doubled a 94mph fastball off Logan Gilbert that barely cleared the top of the 37-foot monster in the sixth, landing in the front row to make it 3-2.
Story finished the series with all five home runs and 13 RBIs, diving three times in Game 1 and hitting a grand slam on Friday.
Gilbert allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings.
Frazier hit a flyball that snagged around the Pesky Pole.
Inserted into the lineup when JD Martinez was a late scratch with back spasms, Arroyo hit the first pitch on a bulletin board above the Monster seats in the second.
Mariners: Placed 2B Abraham Toro on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left shoulder he suffered when he hit the ground after colliding with right fielder Adam Frazier in Saturday’s loss. They were chasing a shallow right pop that Toro caught. … Gilbert was hit in the back of the right leg by Kevin Plawecki’s ground player for a single but didn’t need the coach to visit.
Red Sox: OF Alex Verdugo was absent after leaving Saturday’s game with flu-like symptoms, but manager Alex Cora said he tested negative for COVID-19.
With unusual temperatures in the 90s, the Fenway Park organist had a sense of humor before the first pitch, playing “Let it Snow!” and a few songs later adding “I dream of a white Christmas”.
Winker hit swinging to complete the fourth and threw his bat to the ground in disgust.
Mariners: Open a six-game homestand Monday against Oakland. LHP Marco Gonzales (2-4, 3.08 ERA) is expected to start.
Red Sox: Off Monday before starting a three-game Chicago series against the White Sox on Tuesday. RHP Nick Pivetta (2-4, 4.22) is expected to start for Boston.