Red Sox’ Magic Number Down to Three After Grinding Out Win in Second Game of Marathon Doubleheader With Yankees


The Red Sox dropped the first game of their doubleheader with the Yankees on Sunday and then fell behind 3-0 early in the second game. But the Sox never stopped fighting and ended up with a 14-inning victory after Jacoby Ellsbury's three-run home run gave them a 7-4 lead.

It would have been easy for the Sox to panic after struggling out of the gate in Game 2, but they maintained their composure and ensured that they'll head into the final series of the season in Baltimore with a one-game lead in the AL wild-card race. Had the Sox lost, they would have been deadlocked with the Tampa Bay Rays, who won Sunday afternoon.

Ellsbury may have been the night's hero, with his big home run and three home runs in total during the two games Sunday. But the Sox received contributions from a number of players, and manager Terry Francona wanted to make that clear after the game.

To hear what Francona and a number of the Red Sox had to say after their huge victory on Sunday night, check out the video above from NESN Daily.

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