Red Sox rally with 6 in 9th to beat Mariners

Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia celebrates as he scores the winning run on a single by Stephen Drew in the 15th inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The Red Sox won 5-4. Photo: Associated Press/Elise Amendola

Red Sox rally with 6 in 9th to beat Mariners

JIMMY GOLEN,AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Daniel Nava’s long single to center field capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox came back to beat the Mariners 8-7 on Thursday night and sweep Seattle in the three-game series.

One night after winning in 15 innings for their major league-leading 10th walkoff victory, the Red Sox did it again to open a one-game lead in the AL East over the idle Tampa Bay Rays.

Henry Blanco hit a grand slam, and Felix Hernandez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball to help Seattle take a 7-1 lead after five innings. But Boston scored one in the eighth and six in the ninth against three relievers who recorded just one out.

Steven Wright (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Ryan Dempster. Oliver Perez (2-3), who blew a seventh-inning lead on Wednesday, took the loss.

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