BOSTON - Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the 11th inning - his second home run of the game - and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.
The Red Sox scored seven runs after falling behind 3-0, thanks in part to Napoli's three-run homer in the third. But they coughed up the lead when New York scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie it 7-all.
The Yankees' rally saved C.C. Sabathia from the loss, despite following up his worst start of the year with one almost as bad.
He allowed seven runs on nine hits, two walks and two hit batters, striking out five in five-plus innings.
It stayed tied until Napoli hit a 3-2 pitch from Adam Warren (1-1) into the center field bleachers.
Pedro Beato (1-0) pitched the 11th for the win, giving up a single to Eduardo Nunez before he was erased trying to steal second; replays showed he was barely safe.
Nunez, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano had three hits apiece for the Yankees.
Napoli also struck out three times and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Yankees had runners at first and second with one out in the 10th, but Drake Britton, making his second major-league appearance, got Lyle Overbay to ground into a double play.
The victory left the Red Sox at 60-40 through their first 100 games, 1 1/2 games in front of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and seven in front of the fourth-place Yankees. Boston won the three-game series between the longtime rivals on a weekend when New York learned that shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez won't be able to return from the disabled list any time soon.
Boston moved Ryan Dempster up in the rotation to give Jon Lester a couple of extra days' rest after the All-Star break, but things started off poorly for the Red Sox right-hander.