‘Easy to root for’ Franchy’s walk-off slam keeps Sox hot

BOSTON — For the Red Sox, such an electric homestand deserved a grand finale.

But nobody could have guessed the one that unfolded, which explains the euphoric reaction that took place when Franchy Cordero crossed home plate following a walk-off grand slam on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave Boston a wild 8-4 victory and a four-game sweep over the Mariners.

It was the completion of a 6-1 homestand for the Sox, who have won five in a row and nine of their last 12.

Cordero, a once-promising prospect for the Padres, had seen his stock drop so much that the Red Sox designated him for assignment one day before they were eliminated from the American League Championship Series last October.

Twenty-nine other teams could have claimed him. On this memorable Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, the Red Sox had to be grateful nobody did.

At 27 years old, it isn’t too late for Cordero to reach some of that promise that sits within his impressive kit of tools.

A day after he hammered a triple to jump-start a winning rally, Cordero this time walloped a slider from Andrés Munóz over the visiting bullpen and into the first row or two of the bleachers, setting off a mob scene of white jerseys at home plate following his first career grand slam.

“Yeah, super excited to see the boys jumping around and…

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