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November 4, 2013

Boston Strong: Sox' first April 20 comeback tops list of best games

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2. The Seven-Run Slaughter

Aug. 1

Summary: The Red Sox were down 7-1 heading into eighth and 7-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 1 at Fenway Park.

Daniel Nava walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Ryan Lavarnway singled to center. Brock Holt then doubled, scoring Nava to cut the deficit to 7-3 and sending Lavarnway to third.

Jacoby Ellsbury walked, and Shane Victorino singled, scoring Lavarnway and Holt to make it 7-5.

Dustin Pedroia then singled home Ellsbury to make it 7-6.

After David Ortiz struck out swinging, Jonny Gomes singled to score Victorino to tie it 7-7 and send Pedroia to second.

Daniel Nava then capped off the comeback with a single center-fielder to score Pedroia.

Red Sox were 8-7 winners.

1. Boston Strong at Fenway

April 20

Summary: The first Red Sox game in Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 20 against the Kansas City Royals was extremely memorable because of the pre-game ceremony, which included victims and first-responders. And the national anthem was sung by the Fenway Faithful.

The day became even more memorable when Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava combined to win one for all of Boston.

With the Sox down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Gomes, pinch-hitting, doubled to start the frame. As he stood on second, he flexed his arms.

Daniel Nava then flexed his muscles with two outs in the inning, delivering a three-run homer to right-center to make it 4-2 Red Sox. Boston went on to win 4-3.

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