Game over: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Papelbon took care of business for save No. 27 but it wasn't easy.
That pesky Derek Jeter saw 12 pitches before walking with two outs. I guarantee you that if they kept stats for most two-strike pitches fouled off, he'd be the all-time leader by a ridiculous margin. Swisher than flied to Kalish to end it.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Or something like that. Anyway, the Sox now trail the Yankees by five games in the division and the Rays by 4.5 in the wild card. There are 52 games left. So, yeah, they're in it.
The Sox have won eight of 11 and the Yankees have lost five of their last seven. So much for the New York Daily News headline of "No Mercy" on the back page today.
Prediction: Before this year is over the Sox will get to a point where they're a game out of first. Good starting pitching is what wins and they have that now.
Back later with a report from the clubhouse.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Ortiz had a single but the Red Sox otherwise went quietly against Boone Logan. Now Papelbon in to try and close it out. Posada will pinch hit for Cervelli with Gardner and Jeter to follow.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Terrific diving catch by Ellsbury to rob Berkman of a hit on a low liner. Take that, UZR. Then Granderson popped to Lowell.
Buchholz in his last three starts: 22.1 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 16 K.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Buchholz got A-Rod to ground to short. But Cano (3 for 4) doubled to the gap in right. Now Bard is in to face Berkman.
Buchholz threw 97 pitches. Sox have five outs to get, never easy against the Yankees. The Rays have already lost.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Lowrie singled with one out off Wood. The Yankees called in Boone Logan to face Ellsbury and he got the center fielder to break his bat and line to third.
The Sox have eight hits, one by every starter except Ellsbury. He has made plenty of contract since coming off the DL but is 0 for 12.
Buchholz back out for the eighth inning with Bard warming up. Bard doesn't usually warm up unless he's coming in.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Buchholz has done exactly what the Red Sox needed. He got two grounders before Swisher whistled a sharp grounder up the middle. The ball appeared to clip Buchholz on the foot but he stayed in after a brief visit to the mound by Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold.
Buchholz then fanned Teixeira looking at a slider.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Kerry Wood came in and allowed a single by Martinez on a ball Swisher had in his glove after running a long way but dropped. Beltre and Drew then flied out. Big inning here for Buchholz, who faces Gardner, Jeter and Swisher. He has thrown only 73 pitches.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
Just what Buchholz needed, a 1-2-3 inning. He has pitched well, scattering seven hits. One more inning out of him would set up the bullpen nicely.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3
The offense has come back to life. Drew flew to right. But Lowell grounded a single into center. Than Kalish clubbed a low changeup over the wall in right center for the first homer of his career.
Kalish had struck out on three pitches his first two times up. This time he went up looking to put the ball in play quickly and sure did that. The rookie had reached base safely in six of the seven games he has played.
Kalish played at Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High, about an hour from here. He grew up a Sox fan but attended a lot of games at the old Stadium. What a great moment that must have been for him.
Lowrie walked, which ended the night for Vazquez. The Artist Formely Known As Joba Chamberlain came in and got Ellsbury and Scutaro to end the inning.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
Buchholz hit Jeter in the back with a fastball with one out. Swisher followed with a single to right field and Jeter went to third. Teixeira fouled out but A-Rod delivered a single to left. Cano than bouned into a force to end the inning.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
So it seems Vazquez has figured it out. He struck out Ortiz and Beltre and in between got Martinez to ground to third. He has set down 10 of the last 11 hitters he has faced.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Cano started the inning with a single. Berkman followed with a grounded up the middle. Scutaro tried to get cute by flipping the ball with his glove and it rolled away. Granderson followed with a grounded to first. Lowell stepped on the bag and made a throw to second to get Berkman. Cervelli then struck out.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
1-2-3 inning for Vazquez, who has retired seven of the last eight hitter. Ellsbury flied to center and is 0 for 10 with a walk since coming back.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Nice inning for Buchholz. Swisher grounded to first before Teixeira and A-Rod hit fly balls to center. Rodriguez is 27 of 120 (.225) since July 1. The good news is that he's only signed through 2017.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Drew doubled with one out. But Lowell popped to center and Kalish struck out again. That's four left on base, three in scoring position. In this park and against this team, you have to cash in.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Buchholz allowed a single by Cervelli but that was it. The scoreboard just showed Larry David in the stands. No sign of Marty Funkhouser or Krazee-Eyez Killa. How great is that show, by the way? Funniest show on TV.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Martinez flied to center, leaving them loaded. But Vazquez has needed 56 pitches to navigate through two innings.
Buchholz needs a quick, clean inning here.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Scutaro doubles down the line in left and two runs score. Ortiz will be walked to load the bases for VMart. Chance to blow it open here and get into the Yankees bullpen.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2
Beltre (now 16 of 35 against Vazquez) started the inning with a line-drive double to the gap in left. Drew popped out before Lowell reached on an error as Vazquez and catcher Francisco Cervelli botched a pop-up. Kalish struck out, but back-to-back walks by Lowrie and Ellsbury forced in a run.
Vazquez is at 44 pitches and the Sox have a chance to take the lead again.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1
Cano singled with two outs but Buchholz got Berkman to ground to second.
Bottom of the 1st: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1
Buckle up. Jeter singled then Teixeira went deep to right center with one out. No. 24 for him. Teixeira is 4 for 5 in his career against Buchholz. The single by Jeter gave him 2,873 hits in his career, tying Babe Ruth for 39th place in baseball history.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0
David Ortiz took a Vazquez fastball to dead center for his 24th home run. He's four short of what he hit last season with 52 games left. What a comeback season for David after his horrid April.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
We're underway in the Bronx on a beautiful night as it's 82 degrees at first pitch. Hope you're somewhere where you can enjoy the game.
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