Red Sox great Jonny Gomes wins Trevor Story grand slam

BOSTON — Trevor Story hit a grand slam against the Green Monster — and into the hands of a former Red Sox player — one night after hitting three home runs off the legendary left-field wall at Fenway Park, leading Boston to a victory 7-3 over the Seattle Mariners Friday night.

The story connected on a thigh-high 1-2 slider from Robbie Ray (4-4), driving him into the front row of seats to give Boston a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Sitting atop the Monster was former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, a member of the 2013 World Series champions Boston. He took a few steps to his right and caught Story’s snap against his body, giving the person next to him a high-five with a big smile. He also lifted his shirt in celebration.

Story didn’t know it was Gomes who caught him until the end of the game.

“I saw like a music video and I saw Gomes was like going crazy,” Story said. “I thought it was cool, man. It’s something special. I’ll never forget it.

Originally, when interviewed on The Monster by The Associated Press during the game, Gomes said he was going to keep it.

Former Red Sox star Jonny Gomes celebrates after catching the grand slam from Trevor Story (right) in the third inning of the Red Sox' 7-3 win over the Mariners.
Former Red Sox star Jonny Gomes celebrates after catching the grand slam from Trevor Story (right) in the third inning of the Red Sox’ 7-3 win over the Mariners.
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“I’m going to get Trevor to sign him and bring him home,” Gomes, 41, said as the ball lay on a table in front of him.

But he chatted with Story afterwards and the couple had an idea.

“I just got him to sign for me,” Story said. “My first grand slam as a Red Sox, it was something that I thought was pretty special. It was a really cool moment. I got him to sign the other side.

Story knew Gomes wanted him but changed his mind.

“I think he was going to keep it in the beginning,” Story said. “I said, ‘I think it would be cool if you signed it and I kept it because it was the first. “”

Gomes came in after the game and placed the ball in Story’s locker.

Along with going deep three times in Boston’s Game 1 win of a four-game series on Thursday, Story had four hits and seven RBIs.

“Obviously Trevor Story has been very hot,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “He started his season. Unfortunately, it happened in the last few days.

Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-point shot for the Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in 10 games after a season-high five-game losing streak.

Austin Davis (1-1) relieved starter Michael Wacha with two runs and two outs in the fifth, knocking out JP Crawford before working a perfect sixth for the win.

Reinstated 15 days before the game, Wacha allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking three with three strikeouts. He was sidelined with pain in his left side.

“I didn’t expect to see him up there in the stands,” Wacha said of Gomes’ take. “I saw him in the dugout before the game. You feel like you’re showing up to the stadium every day and seeing something you’ve never seen before. That was it today, for sure.

Abraham Toro hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who lost four of five.

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