Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/22/13
I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's so damn good to see Mike Napoli in a Red Sox uniform. Napoli crushed a grand slam into the Monster seats in the fifth that helped push the Sox past the A's with a 9-6 victory. After the A's got to Felix Doubront in the top of the second for a couple of runs, Napoli helped get the Sox back into the game. He followed up David Ortiz's double with a double of his own to cut the Athletics lead to 2-1.  Then in the fourth, Will Middlebrooks took A.J. Griffin's offering to the Monster seats for a three run home run to help give the Sox a 4-2 lead. It was Middlebrook's only hit of the night but it was his first home run since he went off in Toronto so at least he's getting his power swing back in the middle of his funk.  The Sox would get a little lucky in the fifth. After a Shane Victorino single to start the inning, Dustin Pedroia grounded to third base but Andy Parrino couldn't handle Josh Donaldson's throw at second and  couldn't even get the force out at second. Napoli would make the A's pay later in the inning as he gets his 4th homer of the year to make it a 8-4 Red Sox lead. Salty would make it a 9-4 game when he got an RBI double later in the inning but let's get back to Napoli He's driven in 17 RBIs in the last nine games and has a Major League leading 25 RBIs. Good thing the hip issue didn't scare the Sox off entirely. It looked like it was all said and done but the bullpen looked a little shaky. After Felix Doubront, went 6 2/3 decent innings (3 ER, 8 SO, 5BB) Clayton Mortensen had himself an off night as he couldn't locate his pitches and the A's took full advantage. After Mortensen gave up a walk & hit a guy, Donaldson & old pal Josh Reddick would hit back to back doubles to make it a 9-6 game. Eventually Junichi Tazawa would come in to end the inning before any more damage would happen. Andrew Bailey came out for his third straight game and closed the door for the W. The only bad news that came out tonight is that Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-5 and it was the first game that he didn't get on base. All in all it was a very solid win for the Sox and it was good to see the bats working again after a little struggle in the day-night doubleheader. Box Score
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker