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Red Sox edge Yankees, 2-1, to split series

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 9, 2010 02:03 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Papelbon struck out Teixeira to end it.

Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Jeter walked and stole second but Swisher fanned for the second out. Teixeira (0 for 8 against Papelbon) is next. Better to face him as Gardner is on deck and is 4 for 5 against Papelbon.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Scutaro hit the ball hard on the ninth pitch he saw from Chamberlain. But Pena made a great stop at third to get the final out. Now up to Papelbon, who will face Granderson, Jeter and Swisher.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Ellsbury just stole his fourth base, tying the team's single-game record. He has been on base three times today. Hitting ninth seemed to agree with him. An insurance run here would be immense.

Ellsbury on second with two outs with Scutaro up.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

One pitch, inning over as Kearns grounds to second.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Posada walked. But pinch hitter Lance Berkman popped to shallow left. Now Jonathan Papelbon will face Austin Kearns with two on and two outs.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Papelbon up now as Cano grounds to second, with Gardner taking second. Yankees will have two cracks with a runner in scoring position.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Bard fell behind Teixeira 3-and-1, threw him a 97-m.p.h. fastball and the Yankees first baseman lost it deep in the right-field stands. Rodriguez followed with a single and the Sox are in trouble.

Gardner running for A-Rod and is sure to try to steal.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

The Sox went in order. Wood got Ortiz on a fly ball deep to center. Joba Chamberlain then got Beltre (6-3) and Lowell (F-9) to end the inning.

Bard back out to face Teixeira, A-Rod and Cano. This could be the game right here.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Six pitches, six strikes, two outs and inning over as Daniel Bard snuffs the threat. He fanned Jeter swinging at a 98-m.p.h. high heater and got Swisher with a 99-m.p.h. fastball that somehow had down-and-away movement. Just nasty

Still six outs to get. Won't be easy.

Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Trouble for Lester as the Yankees have loaded the bases with no outs. Posada singled to left. Thames then crushed a sinker to center, the ball bouncing off the top of the fence and staying in play. Posada, who can't run a lick, made it only as far as third.

Lester then hit Kearns with a 1-and-2 cutter, a bad mistake.

Lester struck out an overmatched Curtis Granderson. Now we'll see Bard against Jeter.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

The Sox squandered a good chance there. Ellsbury walked and stole second with one out. Drew then walked with two outs before he and Ellsbury executed a double steal. But Martinez struck out.

Sox have left seven men on base, five in scoring position. In this park and against this team, a 2-0 lead can vanish in a hurry. That third run would have been big.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Lester got Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano to ground to shortstop. The crowd here is getting restless as Lester dominates their team. Kerry Wood in for New York.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Hughes ran up his pitch count early but has allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. That's a quality start but he's down against Lester. Hughes has retired 14 of the last 15 batters he has faced.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Lester allowed his first hit when Kearns singled up the middle with one out. With two outs, Jeter singled and Kearns went to third. But Lester struck out Swisher swinging.

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Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Martinez doubled to right with two outs but Ortiz broke his bat on a grounder back to the mound.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Hughes has retired the last eight in order since Scutaro walked in the second inning. Lester just walked Cano with two outs but got Posada to ground back to the mound. Lester's line so far:

4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

The Sox went in order against Hughes in the third inning. Lester walked Kearns in the bottom of the inning but worked around it. He has looked good so far.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

Kalish singled, stole second and went to third on an error by Posada. He then scored on a single by Hall. Ellsbury snapped his 0-for-22 skid with a single. Scutaro walked to load the bases before Drew's groundout scored a run.

In other news: Jeremy Hermida was outrighted to Pawtucket.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

The Sox left two runners on in their half of the first when Beltre struck out. Lester then retired the Yankees in order. He looked to have very good command.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

We're about to get underway at Yankee Stadium, where the Red Sox need a win to split the series. It'll be Jon Lester against Phil Hughes, two young All-Star starters.

Stay tuned here for updates and check out Extra Bases for a live chat at 2:30 p.m. Bring your questions and let's talk about the game.

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