Jonathan Papelbon shut the door on the Yankees just in time, allowing one run to make this one a little too close for comfort. Papelbon struck out Russell Martin, got Brett Gardner on a grounder to first base before Jeter singled to right.
The Captain then took off for second on an defensive indifference and scored on Curtis Granderson’s single to left field. But Mark Teixeira popped out to third baseman Kevin Youkilis, to end it.
The Sox were down 2-0 before scoring twice in the 4th inning. Adrian Gonzalez homered and Carl Crawford’s grounder brought in the tying run. The Sox broke the deadlock with three runs in the seventh on Gonzalez’ sac fly and Youkilis’ 2-run homer.
The Yankees chipped away against Daniel Bard for a run in the eighth and Papelbon in the ninth, but couldn’t bridge the gap.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 3
The Red Sox had Ellsbury on third base with one out, but couldn’t get the insurance run home. Ellsbury had singled, stole second base and moved to third on Pedroia’s sac bunt. But Rafael Soriano held things status quo, walking Gonzalez intentionally, striking out Youkilis, walking Ortiz and then getting Drew to bounce into a force at second base with the bases loaded. Jonathan Papelbon is on.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 3
Daniel Bard hasn’t exactly been lights out for the Sox this season, but when he needed to rear back and get the job done, he did. He came on to relieve Buchholz in the 8th and promptly allowed a triple to left-center to Curtis Granderson. He scored on a wild pitch on a ball that Saltalamacchia didn’t block well and saw it go under his leg. After A-Rod walked, Cano was hit with a pitch off the left shin/ankle. The Yankees successfully completed a double-steal drawing no throw from Salty. Bard bore down and struck out Swisher on a 99 mph high fastball. He went 3-0 and then 3-2 to Posada, who groiunded out to second base to end the threat.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 2
Buchholz really pitched well tonight. He continually limited damage, matched Colon pitch-for–pitch and held the three-run lead the Red Sox offense gave him. Buchholz threw at 93 and 94 most of the night and had a terrific change-up. He’s probably done after 110 pitches.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 2
A sac fly by Adrian Gonzalez, his league-leading 31st RBI, and a 2-run homer by Kevin Youkilis off Joba Chamberlain, have the Red Sox in control. After Salty singled to lead off the inning, Colon was relieved by Chamberlain, who has been very good this season. Not this time. After Ellsbury reached on a fielder’s choice, Pedroia singled and Gonzalez hit a long fly to left scoring tghe run. Youk followed with the homer.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 2
With two outs – the second one on a nice barehanded play of a slow roller hit by Cano to Youkilis – Swisher hit a ground-rule double that kicked into the stands in left. Posada rolled out to Gonzalez at first base after Buchholz whiffed on the play but took the throw at first to retire Posada. There are 48,254 at the stadium tonight, the second sellout of the season at Yankee Stadium.
Top 6th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 2
The Red Sox managed two hits in the sixth against Colon, but this guy was still dealing. He threw his 97th pitch at 96 mph. He finished the inning with 99 pitches and he may come out for the 7th with that rebuilt arm.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 2
Russell Martin…hmmm..maybe the catcher the Red Sox should have signed? He’s tied the game with a two-run homer to right field on a cutter that didn’t cut. Posada had led off the inning with a sharp single to right.
Gardner also singled to center after the homer as the Yankees attempted to take the lead.
Pedroia was upset when he fielded Jeter’s ground ball on the second base bag, but his foot dragged off the bag as he went to throw to complete the double-play. Second base umpire Mike Everitt ruled that Pedroia’s foot was off the bag and didn’t give him the out call at second base on Gardner. Pedroia did throw out Jeter at first.
Pedroia argued the call and Francona came out to put in his two cents but to no avail. Buchholz was able to retire the dangerous Granderson on a liner to center. And then struck out Teixeira, stranding Gardner at second base. Big out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Colon had a strong inning retiring the top of the Sox order in order. Continues to look strong, but Yanks can’t seem to muster anything vs. Buchholz tonight. Buchholz pitched five scoreless innings against the Twins on May 7 and has pitched four scoreless tonight so far.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Progress by the Yankees. A-Rod singled through the SS hole, the first Yankee hit off Buchholz. Not much else against Bucko. Swisher was booed as he K’d
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Adrian Gonzalez hit a second-deck homer to right field, his 8th homer and 30th RBI. The red-hot Gonzo has hit five homers in his last five games. Colon threw him 93 mph fastball. Gonzalez knew it was gone the moment he hit it. The Sox rallied after the homer. Youkilis struck out but reached on Martin’s passed ball. Ortiz walked and was erased on a fielder’s choice by Drew. After Lowrie walked to load the bases, Crawford grounded out to first to score Youk from third. Salty struck out on a breaking ball in the dirt stranding runners in scoring position.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Buchholz threw a 94 mph fastball by A-Rod to strike him out. Cano hit a hard comebacker to Buchholz and Nick Swisher ran the count to 3-2 before he walked. Jorge Posada, having a horrible season, grounded out to AGon with Buchholz covering to end the inning. A-Rod entered the game hitting .375 against Buchholz (6-for-16) with a homer and three RBI while Cano was hitting .529 against him (9-for-17). Posada has not had a hit against Buchholz in five at-bats.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Colon really looks sharp. Keeping the ball down, throwing a couple of nice curve balls to J.D. Drew and striking him out. Colon is third on the all-time win list for Dominican pitchers with 155 wins, trailing Juan Marichal (243), Pedro Martinez (219)
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Strong inning for Clay Buchholz – striking out Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and got Mark Teixeira to pop out to third base.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Bartolo Colon hit 97 on the radar gun in the first inning. When he left Boston in 2008, he had rotator cuff and elbow issues. Then he had a stem cell procedure in April of 2010 when he was out of baseball and all went away? Hmmmm. MLB is investigating the procedure to see if there was more than stem cells involved. Hard to prove, though. Colon struck out Ellsbury, walked Pedroia, but then retired Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis.