SEVEN STRAIGHT (10:34, END 9, 6-5 SOX)
The Red Sox held on for another victory over the Yankees when Posada flied to the warning track in leftfield. The Red Sox are now 7 for 7 against the Yanks this season.
ONE LEFT (10:31, TOP 9, 6-5 SOX)
The Yankees, down to their last out, have a man in scoring position. Pena stole second on Kottaras, who made a poor throw to the right of second base. Papelbon struck out Cano on a 2-2, 96-mph fastball.
YANKEES GET A RUNNER (10:26, TOP 9, 6-5 SOX)
Papelbon got a grounder from Teixeira to begin the ninth, bringing Rodriguez to the plate. The crowd serendaded him with a “You used steroids” chant before he walked on a six-pitch at-bat. Ramiro Pena pinch ran for him, and now Cano is batting.
PAPELBON’S GAME (10:16, END 8, 6-5 SOX)
The Sox had a chance to add on. Kottaras hit a one-out double, his second of the game, off the Wall in left-center. Pedroia flied to center and Drew walked. Youkilis had a chance to give the Sox some cushion, but he flied to center. Now here comes Papelbon to face Teixeira, Rodrguez, and Cano.
OKAJIMA PROTECTS LEAD (10:03, MID 8, 6-5 SOX)
Okajima will give at least a one-run lead to Papelbon in the ninth. Swisher led off with a walk, and Cabrera moved pinch runner Brett Gardner to second with a sacrifice bunt. Then Okajima stifled the rally, striking out Jeter swinging at a pitch in the dirt and getting Damon, who had homered in his last at-bat, to strike out on a fastball over the outside corner.
COKE CAN SMILE (9:52, END 7, 6-5 SOX)
Ortiz grounded to second and Kotsay lined hard to right, ending the inning. Okajima remains in to face Swisher, protecting a slim, one-run lead. Jonathan Papelbon and Takashi Saito were both up in the Sox bullpen.
COKE REPLACES HUGHES (9:46, BOT 7, 6-5 SOX)
Lowell led off with a liner to left-center, which Swisher nabbed by laying out. After the out, Joe Girardi called on lefty Phil Coke to face Ortiz.
OKAJIMA PROTECTS LEAD (9:42, MID 7, 6-5 SOX)
Okajima struck out Matsui to end the inning, the only batter he faced after Ramirez settled.
YANKS SMACK AROUND RAMIREZ (9:30, TOP 7, 6-5 SOX)
The Red Sox took Wakefield out probably because he’s the kind of pitcher who can give up runs in a hurry, but that’s exactly what happened with Ramirez. Damon and Teixeira went back-to-back to lead off the seventh, both lauching home runs to right. John Farrell came out for a chat with Ramirez. Teixeira is 4 for 4 with two doubles and a homer tonight.
RAMIREZ ENTERS (9:25, END 6, 6-3 SOX)
Wakefield is done, having submitted another quality start, and will yield to the Red Sox outstanding bullpen. Ramirez and his 1.27 ERA is coming into the game. Wakefield threw 88 pitches, 52 strikes.
WAKEFIELD THROUGH SIX (9:15, MID 6, 6-3 SOX)
Ramon Ramirez started warming after Wakefield allowed a leadoff single to Matsui, but he retired the next three batters. Swisher struck out looking at a big-breaking curveball, Cabrera flied to right, and Jeter grounded to second.
YANKEES ADD ONE (8:59, MID 5, 6-3 SOX)
Teixeira led off with a double down the third base line, his third hit off Wakefield tonight. Rodriguez and Cano each grounded out to the right side, which scored Teixeira. Posada ended the inning with a bouncer back to Wakefield. The Yankees aren’t going away, but it’s going to be tough for them to hold the Red Sox at six runs with their bullpen pitching heavy innings for the second straight night.
YOOOUUUUK! (8:49, BOT 4, 6-2 SOX)
Drew hit a ball high off the wall in left-center and legged out a triple with one out. Turns out he didn’t need the extra base. Youkilis crushed a pitch from Hughes into the Red Sox bullpen, an improbable spot for a righthander to hit a homer at Fenway.
WAKE GETS WILD, YANKS GET ONE (8:38, MID 4, 4-2 SOX)
After striking out Robinson Cano, Wakefield walked Matsui and Swisher, putting two on for Cabrera, who lined one just barely over Pedroia’s head and into right. Matsui scored from second. Wakefield stymied the rally, inducing a fly out to left from Jeter and a pop to Kottaras from Damon. On a 3-1 to Damon, Wakefield threw a fastball on the outside corner that moved a little like a two-seamer.
BALK, K (8:24, END 3, 4-1 SOX)
Hughes balked while pitching to Kottaras, but he eventually struck him out swinging at a curve.
WANG DONE (8:18, BOT 3, 4-1 SOX)
Wang struck out Green swinging and, after 69 pitches, Girardi pulled Wang in favor of Hughes, who is making his second relief appearance. He’ll face Kottaras with Kotsay on first and tow out.
LOWELL LOSES ONE (8:14, BOT 3, 4-1 SOX)
Mike Lowell drilled Wang’s first pitch of the inning into the first row of the Monster seats, his 10th homer of the year. Ortiz followed with a 400-foot fly ball to the triangle that Cabrera tracked down, and Kotsay single. Phil Hughes is warming now in the Yankees bullpen. That’s 3 for 3 as far as innings with a Yankee warming in the bullpen.
WAKE QUICK (8:08, MID 3, 3-1 SOX)
Wakefield needed six pitches to face four batters. Damon flied to right, Mark Teixeira hit a Wall-scraping double, and Rodriguez and Cano each flied out on one pitch.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? (8:03, END 2, 3-1 SOX)
Pedroia was stranded at third after getting there with one out and Youkilis and Bay coming up next. Wang struck out both of them swinging at sliders, Youkilis after he fouled off three pitches on 2-2, and Bay on a 1-2 pitch.
PEDROIA DRIVES IN ANOTHER (7:57, BOT 2, 3-1 SOX)
Robertson is up in the bullpen again. Pedroia curled a ground-rule double that bounded just past Pesky’s Pole, a ball that Swisher badly misplayed. He made a long run to get to the ball, but he simply missed it when he stuck out his glove. Drew moved Pedroia to third with a tapper down the first base line. Youkilis and his .471 on-base is at the plate.
SOX TAKE BACK LEAD (7:52, BOT 2, 2-1 SOX)
Green led off with an infield single, a chopper over Wang’s head that died on the backside of the mound. George Kottaras worked a 3-2 count, and Green ran with the pitch, a fastball. Kottaras belted it into the right-center gap, and Green easily ran home. Pedroia is up with Kottaras on second.
Bay’s numbers against the Yankees this season, by the way, are .545 average/.667on-base/1.318 slugging with 11 RBI and three homers. Is that good? His slugging percentage went down when he singled in the first.
YANKEES MAKE SOME NOISE (7:44, MID 2, 1-1)
The Yankees finally scored, and they were threatening for more. Jorge Posada led off the second with a laser over the rightfield fence on a 2-2 knuckleball. Hideki Matsui followed with a double to left-center, and Nick Swisher laid down a sacrifice bunt so well placed it turned into a single (with help from a dubious call by first base ump James Hoye). The Yanks had men on first and third, but they didn’t score. Melky Cabrera flared a ball toward shallow left. Nick Green backpedaled and snared the ball, and in one motion fired a missile across the diamond, catching Swisher too far off first. Jeter popped to center, and Wakefield had escaped with minimal damage.
WANG ESCAPES (7:36, END 1, 1-0 SOX)
The Sox had Wang on the ropes in the first. Wang simply could not throw a strike, walking Ortiz to load the bases on a 3-1 count. When Wang started 3-0 to Mark Kotsay, reliever David Robertson started warming in the bullpen. Kotsay took two strikes, then grounded out to second, letting Wang off the hook. Wang threw 12 of his 29 pitches for strikes, followed by A.J. Burnett’s 40 out of 84 last night.
SOX STRIKE FIRST (7:30, BOT 1, 1-0 SOX)
The Red Sox’ beatdown of the Yankees continues. After Dustin Pedroia grounded out to short and J.D. Drew started with a 1-2 count, Chien-Ming Wang threw eight consecutive balls, walking Drew and Kevin Youkilis. Yankee-killer Jason Bay slipped a ball through the left side, plating Drew as Damon’s throw from shallow left bounced in late to the plate. Mike Lowell popped to center. David Ortiz is batting two down.
SCORELESS THROUGH 10 (7:19, MID 1, 0-0)
The Yankees were shutout in the first, just like every inning last night. Tim Wakefield induced a fly ball by Derek Jeter and a grounder to first by Johnny Damon. He ran into trouble with a single off the Wall by Mark Teixeria and a walk by Alex Rodrgiuez. He escaped the mini jam when Robinson Cano popped up.