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A long game ends on a sour note for the Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 2, 2011 01:21 AM

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It seems impossible that a 4-2 game can last four hours and 21 minutes. Or feature 381 pitches. It's almost like the Red Sox and Yankees play a different sort of baseball when they're on the same field, one where every pitch is its own little drama.

“It’s kind of ridiculous,” Dustin Pedroia said.

Fenway Park was dotted with empty seats when the game finally ended tonight with Adrian Gonzalez called out on strikes. People had given up, knowing they had to get at least a little sleep before going to work tomorrow.

“I know we’re both pretty good teams. I know we’re pretty evenly matched. Both teams are going to grind it out until the end," Daniel Bard said.

The Sox are 11-4 against the Yankees this season, but the teams have split their last six games. They will meet again in New York Sept. 23-25.

“We’re playing better against them,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “They beat us up pretty good there for a while. We’re just pitching a lot better now."

The Sox are 83-53. The Yankees are 82-53. The race is just getting started.

"They're a good team. Our record is almost identical," Terry Francona said. "We'll see the next five, six weeks what happens. It'll be fun."

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