NEW YORK — Mike Napoli hit a tying grand slam in the seventh and Shane Victorino a go-ahead homer one inning later as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 12-8 on Friday for their fourth straight victory.
Will Middlebrooks went deep for the third straight day, and the Red Sox erased a five-run deficit in another wild game. On Thursday, the Yankees took an 8-7 lead with a six-run seventh only to lose 9-8 in 10 innings on Victorino's tiebreaking single.
"We never feel like we're out of it," Boston manager John Farrell said.
New York has lost consecutive games when scoring at least eight runs for the first time since September 1949, according to STATS. The last time it happened with both games at home was 1911 against Cleveland.
The Red Sox have slowed New York's wild-card charge by improving to 9-5 against it this year.