Yet another wild night in the Bronx in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. So wild that this game re-cap is not an original. The first version had to be deleted.
It was supposed to be about the putrid, six walk, 3.2 innings pitched performance by Felix Doubront and lousy relief pitching from Rubby De La Rosa. And for the first six innings, with Boston in an 8-3 hole, that really was the story.
Then the top of the seventh inning happened and the narrative changed dramatically.
Mike Napoli unloaded a grand slam homer in that inning on a 3-2 pitch from Yankees lefty Boone Logan to turn an 8-4 Yankees lead into an 8-8 tie and before you knew it, the Red Sox had themselves yet another come from behind victory, this time 12-8 in a game that may bury the Yankees playoff hopes for good.
It truly was a tale of two separate games rolled into one.
The Yankees dominated the first six innings scoring early and often against Doubront and De La Rosa.
Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the first and Brett Gardner tripled in two runs in the fourth to make it 6-2 and finish Doubront. Vernon Wells and Mark Reynolds had RBI singles in the fifth off De La Rosa to extend the Yankees lead to 8-3.
But after a Dustin Pedroia infield RBI single that cut the Yankees lead to 8-4 in the seventh, Joe Girardi went to Logan to face David Ortiz, who struck out looking. Logan replaced Phil Hughes, who created the mess by allowing three hits and a walk in one third of an inning.
But Logan could not retire Napoli, who snuck his grand slam just over the glove of Ichiro Suzuki and into the short right field porch on a ball that kept carrying.
That tied the game at 8 and Boston seized control from there.
Brandon Workman came on to retire the Yankees in order in the seventh and the Red Sox offense then added on in the top of the eighth.
Shane Victorino continued to terrorize the Yankees with a two-run homer off Preston Claiborne. He was relieved by Joba Chamberlain, who later walked Daniel Nava with the bases loaded and gave up an RBI single to Stephen Drew to make it 12-8 Red Sox.