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Final: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 11, 2012 07:07 PM

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Game over: Jacoby Ellsbury's walk-off single off Dave Robertson scored Pedro Ciriaco with the winning run. It was the third walk-off of the season for the Red Sox. Sox players poured out of the dugout as if they'd won the World Series. The game was played in 3:11 before 37,437.

Top 9th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 Andrew Bailey came on. He retired Derek Jeter with a fly to right, but the Sox may have revived Nick Swisher who lined a single to right, his second hit of the game after snapping an 0 for 28 in the first inning. But Bailey bore down with an assist by Ryan Lavarnway who made a great throw to nail pinch-runner Edwardo Nunez trying to steal (nice tag by Dustin Pedroia also). Bailey then struck out A-Rod.

Bottom 8th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 Loney, Ross and Lavarnway strikeout against Dave Robertson.

Top 8th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 Nice inning for lefty Craig Breslow as Yankees are down without a fuss.

Bottom 7th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 Bases loaded one out, no runs. Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia couldn't get it done with sacks full. Nava hit into a fielder's chopice to first base and the run was cut down at the plate. And Pedroia popped up against Joba Chamberlain.

Top 7th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 Junichi Tazawa provides the most optimism from relievers going into next season. He's been terrific and he retired the Yankees again.

Bottom 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 Dustin Pedroia lined one just over the Green Monster to tie it up.

Top 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 It just felt as if it was a matter of time before Lester's wildness caught up to him. He issued his seventh walk to open the sixth to Curtis Garnderson and then a single to Andruw Jones. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Jayson Nix, Jeter got jammed but punched a ground-rule double down the line in right that kicked into the stands. Lester was out after 102 pitches. Junichi Tazawa then did a nice job keeping things where they were, striking out Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1 Scott Podsednik has looked awful in three at-bats - two pop ups and a strikeout. The Sox have allowed Kuroda to settle in.

Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1 Lester struck out the side and also allowed a double to Russell Martin. Lester also broke Bruce Hurst's franchise strikeout record for a lefty.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1 Kuroda mows down Sox. Kuroda has had a heck of a year for the Yankees and their most consistent pitcher. Interesting, he'll pitch at 38 years old next season. Wonder if anyone will bite on a multi-year deal.

Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1 Lester sharp again as he gets out of fourth without losign the lead.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1 Pedro Ciriaco doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's single up the middle. After Ellsbury stole second, Pedroia singled him to give Boston the lead.

Top 3rd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0 The Yankees had a chance to get a big inning going when Alex Rodriguez and Robin Cano drew walks from Jon Lester to open the inning. But the Yankees looked more like the Red Sox, and got nothing to show for it, as Lester struck out Martina nd Pearce and got Granderson to ground out to first base.

Bottom 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0 There are actually a good number of fans here. They're very quiet, but they're here. The Sox went down in order. No surprise.

Top 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0 The Yankees waste a one-out double by No. 9 hitter Jayson Nix as Lester pitches out of a jam.

Bottom 1st: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0 The Sox get more laughable by the minute. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled down the right field line and Scott Podsednik attempts a bunt? Really? First inning? He popped it out to Russell Martin. After Dustin Pedroia's pop up fell into short left for a hit, the slow-footed James Loney knocked into a double-play to end the inning and allow Hiroki Kuroda to skate free.

Top 1st: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0 Staff ace Jon Lester was touched for a run when he walked Derek Jeter to open the game and then allowed a double to Nick Swisher, who broke an 0-for-28. Alex Rodriguez grounded out to third, but Robinson Cano's grounder to first allowed Jeter to score the first Yankee run. After Russell Martin and Steve Pearce walked to reload the bases, Curtis Granderson fouled out to James Loney to get Lester out of further peril.

Pregame :Nice 9-11 tribute to open the evening here. Certainly the normal Red Sox-Yankee buzz is nowhere to be found. Fans are trickling in, but half the seats are not occupied at this point.

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