Rich Hill pitched the 9th for the Sox. Gardner beat out a bleeder near the pitchers mound that gave Hill no chance to get the speedy runner. After Swisher flied out to left field, Hill froze Jones on a 3-2 curve ball on the outside corner and also struck out Jeter to end the game. There were 48,790 here tonight in a game which lasted 3:26.
Top 9th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 0
Ellsbury and Pedroia (three hits) singled to lead off the inning, but Gonzalez knocked into a double-play. With Ellsbury on third, pinch-hitter (for Youkilis) flied out to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 0
Matt Albers relieved Josh Beckett who went six innings and allowed a Swisher double, but the Yankees weren’t able to break their scoring drought.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 0
Adrian Gonzalez is on a ridiculous tear. He lined a homer to right field with two men on to expand Boston’s lead in a four-run inning. The inning started when Mike Cameron reached second base (single and wild pitch) and scored on Jason Varitek’s single to right. Nick Swisher didn’t field it cleanly and was originally charged with an error, but that was changed to an RBI for Varitek. After a two-out single by Pedroia, Gonzalez hung against the lefty Sabathia and just drilled it on a line over the rightfield fence. It was AGon’s ninth homer, fifth in the last four games. He now has a league-best 34 RBI. And this editorial comment: The Yankees are really out to lunch. In turmoil. And it just got worse, Joe Girardi was just ejected by homeplate umpire Mike Winters.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Yankees had their shot against Beckett. Andruw Jones singled and Jeter walked with one out, but Beckett hung in tough getting Granderson to pop out to Varitek and Teixiera to strikeout.
Top 5th, Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Jacoby Ellsbury’s bases-loaded single to left scored two runs to give Boston its first lead. Lowrie led off with a single, and after one out, Crawford singled up the middle. Varitek walked to load the bases and Ellsbury powered a liner to left that Brett Gardner seemed to take a poor route on. After Pedroia drew an intentional walk, Adrian Gonzalez knocked into a 5-4-3 double play to get Sabathia out of the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Strong inning for Beckett with two strikeouts (Cano and Martin) and a ground out by Gardner. Nice pitchers duel here. Who ever draws first blood might be the victor.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
If you’re the Red Sox, you hate seeing CC Sabathia getting stronger as the game goes by, but that’s what may be happening. He retired the side in the fourth, striking out David Ortiz for the second time.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
The Yankees had two on vs. Beckett but he got out of it. Granderson singled and stole second base and Teixeira walked, but A-Rod struck out to end the inning.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Beckett retired the side in order. That’s 10 scoreless innings against the Yankees this season for him.
Meanwhile, Yankees GM Brian Cashman is addressing the media concerning Jorge Posada.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Sabathia struck out Jed Lowrie for the first out of the inning, his fourth straight, before Mike Cameron, a .474 (9-for-19) hitter vs. Sabathia, broke the string by lining out to Jeter at short. In the much anticipated CC vs. CC battle, Carl Crawford ran the count to 3-2 before grounding out to second base.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
Table-setters Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson singled off Josh Beckett, but Mark Teixeira struck out on a nice curveball by Beckett for the first out. Beckett went 3-2 to Alex Rodriguez, who was retired on a foul pop to Adrian Gonzalez near the camera pit. Beckett was hardy out of the woods with Robinson Cano up. Cano lined a vicious foul to right, then fell behind 0-2 when he foul-tipped the next pitch. Cano whiffed on what looked like a changeup that broke down and outside the zone.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0
It’s 59 degrees and overcast at the start of the game. The Sox put the first two runners on base when CC Sabathia hit Jacoby Ellsbury with a pitch and then allowed a bloop single to center by Dustin Pedroia, sending Ellsbury to third base. Adrian Gonzalez struck out on a high inside fastball. Kevin Youkilis also struck out when Sabathia had fooled with a change up in the dirt that Youkilis couldn’t hold his swing.
Pedroia stole second base with David Ortiz up to create runners in scoring position with two outs. But Ortiz who has a decent .268 average with two homers and four RBI career against CC, got Ortiz to fish for the same pitch he struck out Youkilis with, for the final out. Big opportunity missed for Boston.