Mike Napoli hit his second grand slam of the season to propel the Boston Red Sox to their 11-1 rout of the New York Yankees last night in a Major League Baseball game.
Napoli’s grand slam at Yankee Stadium followed an intentional walk to David Ortiz to load the bases. Napoli has batted four times this season after Ortiz was walked, hitting two home runs and driving in eight runs.
“My job is to be his protection,” Napoli said. “I like protecting him and maybe giving managers another thought.”
Daniel Nava blasted a three-run homer in the eighth inning and Stephen Drew hit a home run in the ninth for the Red Sox. Napoli and Daniel Nava each drove in four runs for Boston.
Boston (34-23) leads the American League East, two games ahead of the Yankees (31-24), who have lost five of their last six games.
Felix Doubront (4-2) allowed one run on six hits and struck out six in six innings, while Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Koji Uehara each pitched a perfect inning.
Yankee pitchers Phil Hughes, Preston Claiborne and Adam Warren allowed 18 hits, the most in a game since June 29, 2012, against Chicago when the White Sox recorded 19 hits.
Hughes (2-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings, while Warren gave up six runs on eight hits in three innings.
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