Game over: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4, 14 innings
Felix Doubront earned the save of Jacoby Ellsbury's heroics in the 14th allowing Boston to head into the final series of the season in Baltimore with a one-game lead in the wild card race after a split of tonight's doubleheader.
The game lasted 5:11.
Top 14th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4
The only hitter really doing much of anything - Jacoby Ellsbury - stroked his 31st home run to right field with two on to give the Sox the lead. It came off Scott Proctor. It was an MVP moment for Ellsbury.
Bottom 13th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
The Yankees had another golden opportunity to win it, but Brett Gardner struck out with runners in scoring position to extend this game even more. Franklin Morales walked two - Cano and Golson - but Morales dug deep to prevent the win.
Top 13th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Dustin Pedroia will do anything to win including creating an illusion for the umpires. With his head first slide showing so much all-out grit, He got the call on a close play on an infield tapper to third base on which he was out by a good half-step. First base umpire Tim McClelland missed the call and then ejected Joe Girardi for arguing after first baseman Nick Swisher protested. David Ortiz made a bid deep to left field, but caught on the warning track. Lars Anderson struck out against Laffey, who by the way wears Roger Clemens' No. 22 Yankee jersey.
Bottom 12th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Sure looks like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez aren't playing tonight no matter what happens. Plenty of opportunities for them to pinch-hit and Joe Girardi has passed. The Yankees got a baserunner on vs Franklin Morales, but easily got out of the inning.
Bottom 11th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Papelbon has gone 2-1/3 innings and retired all seven batters with four strikeouts.
Top 11th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Sox didn't get very good swings against Cory Wade, down 1-2-3, ending with a JD Drew strikeout.
Bottom 10th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Strong inning for Papelbon. Got Nunez to pop out and back-to-back strikeouts of Granderson and Cano.
Top 10th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Carl Crawford couldn't execute a successful sacrifice bunt and had the lead runner, Jacoby Ellsbury (single) chopped down. Dustin Pedroia went down swinging, leaving it up to David Ortiz, who was 0-for-4. Make it 0-for-5, ending the inning with a fly to right.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
The Yankees loaded the bases against Daniel Bard. He issued a 12-pitch walk to mark Teixeira to lead off the inning, then secured the next two outs as pinch-runner Greg
Golson advanced to third. The Sox walked Jesus Montero intentionally and when Bard went 3-0 to pinch-hitter Jorge Posada, He was walked on purpose as well to load the bases. Bard exited in favor of Jonathan Papelbon.
The Yankees stayed with catcher Austin Romine, who fouled off a couple of Pap pitches but wound up striking out.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Mariano Rivera came on and allowed a leadoff single to Adrian Gonzalez. He was was pinch-run for by Lars Anderson, who was sacrificed to second base by Mike Aviles. After Anderson moved to third on J.D. Drew's ground out to first base, the Yankees walked Marco Scutaro to face the slumping Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Rivera needed four pitches to strike him out and end the inning.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Nothing doing for Yanks against Aceves and Daniel Bard. Mariano Rivera is on for the ninth..
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
Now you see what a catcher with an accurate arm can do. Carl Crawford singled and was thrown out by a pinpoint strong throw by Austin Romine, who put second baseman Robinson Cano in perfect position to make the tag. The Sox went down in order against Rafael Soriano after that.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4
John Lackey gave up a leadoff single to Eric Chavez and he was gone. The old short leash. Alfredo Aceves came on and promptly threw a wild pitch advancing pinch-runner Brett Gardner to second base. After Jesus Montero's grounder to short advanced Gardner to third, he scored on Chris Dickerson's sacrifice fly to center field. Lackey wasn't happy to see Francona take the ball and this time Lackey may have had a point given how well he was pitching. He threw only 86 pitches.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
Sox take the lead. Nova has crumbled. Lowrie doubled to lead off the inning. After J.D. Drew advanced him to third on a ground out, Marco Scutaro doubled to left scoring pinch-runner Mike Aviles with the tying run. Jason Varitek followed with a single up the middle scoring the go-ahead run. That was all for Nova.
Varitek stood in pain at first base and had to come out of the game. He had been hit with a pitch off the left leg in the fifth and he seemed to be favoring it. He left the game for pinch-runner Joey Gathright.
Lefty Boone Logan came on to pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury, who had been 0-for-3 against Nova. He struck out Ellsbury and then with Carl Crawford up, Gathright got himself caught in a pickoff for the final out.
Bottom of 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
Lackey continues to dominate Yankee batters. He's retired seven straight.
Top 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
The Red Sox are chipping away, but probably should have had more than a run. They received a gift from Robinson Cano when the Gold Glove second baseman bobbled a routine double-play grounder by David Ortiz with runners at first and second and nobody out. Cano managed to recover to get Ortiz at first, but Carl Crawford (single) and Dustin Pedroia (single) advanced to second and third.
Adrian Gonzalez grounded to Mark Teixeira, who made a nice diving stop of the grounder preventing it from going into the outfield and tossed to Nova covering as the second run of the game scored.
With Jed Lowrie up, Nova uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop, which bounced to catcher Austin Romine, who made an excellent play to tag the oncoming Pedroia, who tried to hurdle over him and avoid the tag.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
With four Yankee regulars out of the lineup, John Lackey continues to pitch well through the fifth inning. He retired No. 9 hitter Kevin Romine and retired the top of the order including Curtis Granderson. He's at least holding things where they are for the Sox offense.
Top 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
J.D. Drew knocked in the first run with a solid single to rightcenter after Jed Lowrie tripled off the right field fence. It was his first RBI since July 16th vs. Tampa Bay. Jason Varitek was hit with a Nova pitch, but with two on and two outs, Ellsbury again fizzled, grounding out to second base to end the threat. Sox just can't seem to come up with that big two-out hit. Ellsbury's had a couple of chances.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Lackey threw another double-play ball after carefully pitching to and walking Jesus Montero.
Top 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Nova has excellent movement on his pitches as he retired the Red Sox in order once again.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
The Lackster has settled down fairly well. He threw an inning-ending double-play grounder by Nick Swisher after Mark Teixeira walked.
Top 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
MVP candidate Jacoby Ellsbury, who homered twice in the first-game loss, struck out with a runner at second base against Ivan Nova to end a Boston threat. Marco Scutaro singled to right with one out and went to second when he was set in motion on a 3-2 count to Jason Varitek, who grounded out to second base. Ellsbury, who had grounded out in his first at-bat, couldn't get the timely hit.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Stronger inning for Lackey. He allowed a leadoff double to Montero who was thrown out at third on Chris Dickerson's grounder to Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Austin Romine singled to right, but Lackey got both Eduardo Nunez and Curtis Granderson to pop out.
Top 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
A DKNY Teddy Bear promotion at the ballpark tonight. They're handing them out right now. I think they should give the soft blue teddy to every Red Sox player on the field.
The Sox went down in order in the second inning. Nova looks pretty tough.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Well, John Lackey did strikeout Nick Swisher, didn't he? With one out, the Yankees began their assault. Curtis Granderson walked, Robinson Cano singled him over to third base and Mark Teixeira hit one nine miles to the top of the rightcenter fence to the right of the 385-foot marker, scoring two runs. On the throw to the plate, Jason Varitek tried to throw to third to nail Teixeira and the ball sailed on him into left field as the third run scored.
Lackey settled down and retired the next two batters to prevent more damage.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Th Red Sox did a lot of swinging early in the count against A.J. Burnett in Game 1. That has continued to so far in Game 2. Ivan Nova set the Sox down 1-2-3 - Jacoby Ellsbury (ground out to first), Carl Crawford (ground out to shortstop), and Dustin Pedroia (fly out to left).
Lots of anticipation concerning J.D. Drew. Could he be the spark the Boston offense needs? Drew is playing right field tonight in this MUST win for the Red Sox.
The Sox have to solve a very tough Ivan Nova who is seeking his 17th win. Since 2000 only three rookies have compiled more wins in a season - CC Sabathia 17 with the Indians in 2001, Justin Verlander, 17 with the Tigers in 2006 and Jason Jennings, 16 with Colorado.
The Yankees have also won 12 consecutive Nova starts.