Red Sox still in disbelief from comeback win

Red Sox still in disbelief from comeback win

Red Sox still in disbelief from comeback win

BOSTON -- As manager John Farrell went through his Friday morning routine, he was still thinking about his team's thrilling rally in the bottom of the ninth the night before.

"I think there was a time this morning just sitting around having a cup of coffee thinking, 'Still can't believe we won last night,'" he said.

The Sox scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth Thursday to top the Seattle Mariners, 8-7, and record their Major League-best 11th walk-off win of the season.

It was just one game over the course of 162 of the regular season, but Farrell said games like the one Thursday can have a larger effect than most on the season as a whole.

"To what extent, I don't know, but there is an effect," he said. "I think it's a cumulative one. You know, given the number of late-innings wins that we've had here, our dugout was very loose last night. And there wasn't added pressure. It was a matter of one game at a time putting up the best at-bat he could. Certainly some momentum started inside the inning, but I think people always want to say, 'Well, what could this mean going forward?' I just think it's a continued growth and confidence that we have as a team."

Nine of the 10 batters the Red Sox sent to the plate during the ninth inning reached base Thursday and only one hit -- a double -- was for extra bases. Daniel Nava finished off the comeback with a deep single to center field.

"Yesterday just showed that we never give up," said Mike Napoli. "We grind out a whole nine-inning game."

Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.