It started out as a bad day for the Red Sox. Detroit scored three runs in the first inning at Boston, while Milwaukee, the team the Red Sox are trying to catch, charged to a 5-0 lead at New York. But Boston came on for its 42nd come-from-behind victory of the year and the Yankees edged the Brewers.
That left Boston four games behind Milwaukee and one behind Baltimore in the AL East.
"We're definitely in it, that's for sure," said Dave Stapleton, who had three hits and scored two runs. "That feels great when you win a game and everybody else in the race loses."
Dwight Evans and Gary Allenson drove in three runs each to lead Boston's 15-hit offense.
"It's easier to come back in a game when you're in a pennant race," said Allenson, who had five RBI in Saturday's 13-3 victory over Detroit. "You just concentrate better. You are in a game more when you're in a pennant race."
Trailing, 3-2, the Red Sox scored five runs in the second inning. They chased Dave Tobik (3-8), making his first start of the year as a late replacement for Dan Petry, who had a stiff back.