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MLB: Boston 8, New York Yankees 7 (11 innings)

July 22, 2013 at 1:14 AM   |   Comments

BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Mike Napoli pounded his second homer of the game in the 11th inning Sunday, lifting the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-7.

The Red Sox had built a 7-3 lead earlier in the marathon contest, thanks in part to Napoli's three-run shot in the third inning, but New York scored the next four runs to forge a 7-7 deadlock in the seventh.

That's how the game stood until two were out in the bottom of the 11th, when Napoli blasted a pitch from Adam Warren (1-1) into the seats in straightaway center field.

Jonny Gomes also went deep and Shane Victorino drove in two runs for American League East-leading Boston, which took two-of-three from the Yankees and maintained a 1 1/2-game divisional lead over Tampa Bay.

Pedro Beato (1-0), the seventh Bosox pitcher, earned the decision after tossing a scoreless top of the 11th.

Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez also supplied three hits each for fourth-place New York, which slipped seven games behind Boston in the AL East.

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