Bottom 9th and final: Red Sox 8, Yankees 6: Aceves exchanged a few words with the home-plate umpire after a fastball against Swisher missed inside, but he struck him out on the next pitch. Chavez then grounded out to first and Martin flew out to deep center to close the door.
The Sox nearly blew this one when Teixeira got the best of his rivalry with Padilla in the eighth, but a misplay in center by Granderson gave Boston the lead and the eventual win. Lester pitched well through six innings and looked sharp at times despite giving up two homers, but got the no-decision. He exited with a 6-4 lead.
Gonzalez finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and would have been more had Ichiro not made a nice diving catch to rob him of extra bases in the seventh.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 6: It was scored a triple, but Curtis Granderson made a bad read and consequently got all crossed up on a Ciriaco fly to center that scored Ellsbury, who walked. Pedroia then lined a sacrifice fly to left that scored Ciriaco, giving Aceves a two-run cushion.
Gonzalez singled, and Ross struck out swinging for the second time tonight.
Aceves in from the bullpen, to face Nick Swisher (pinch-hitting for Soriano after the Yankees removed their designated hitter), Chavez, and Martin.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 6: Texeira owned this exchange again. With the bad blood looming and Ibanez on first after a single, Tex launched a 2-1 pitch into left-center to tie the game. He walked out of the box and watched it sail out of the park.
After Ibanez reached to lead off the inning, Padilla struck Jeter out looking and Granderson, after two near homers that sailed just foul, whiffed on a fastball.
Padilla exited to boos and Andrew Miller came on in relief after the homer, getting Cano to ground out to short.
With Nava-Ellsbury-Ciriaco due up for the Sox, Soriano enters from the Yankees bullpen.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: Phelps worked around a Middlebrooks single with strikeouts to Ross (fastball swinging), Shoppach (fastball looking), and Aviles (fastball swinging).
Padilla in from the bullpen. Teixeira is due up fourth in this inning, for what it’s worth.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: With Albers in from the bullpen, Chavez, pinch-hitting for Nix, popped out to short, Martin struck out swinging, and Ichiro grounded out to first unassisted.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: Phelps got a perfect inning, setting down Ciriaco, Pedroia, and Gonzalez down in order. Gonzalez nearly had extra bases, but Ichiro tracked down his deep liner in the gap.
No more Lester. Matt Albers on to pitch.
Lester’s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 HR, 101 pitches, 59 strikes.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: Lester notched his 1,000th career strikeout after fanning both Teixeira and Cano swinging on cutters. Jones popped up to shallow left to end the inning.
The top four hitters in New York’s order are 1 for 12 tonight with five strikeouts.
Sabathia is done after six. David Phelps onto pitch.
Sabathia’s line: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 104 pitches, 69 strikes.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: Sabathia mowed down Shoppach (pop out to Teixeira) and Aviles (full-count strikeout looking) before Nava singled up the middle. Ellsbury grounded out to second to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: With a five-run lead, Lester walked Jones on four straight pitches and gave up a 2-run opposite-field homer to Nix, his fourth of the season. Lester then issued a full-count walk to Martin and Ichiro, to chants of his name, laced a single to left.
Stewart, who homered in his last at bat, laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners, and Jeter grounded out to short, scoring Martin. Lester then got Granderson swinging on a 2-2 count to strand Ichiro on third.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 1: After two quick outs from Nava (grounder to short) and Ellsbury (strikeout looking), and after Ciriaco (single) and Pedroia (walk) reached, Gonzalez unloaded on a first-pitch slider to right field for a 3-run homer, his fourth bomb since the All-Star Break.
Ross singled, and Middlebrooks flied out to right.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1: Lester got Granderson looking at a cutter, the eighth pitch of the at bat, to lead off the inning and, after a sharp Texiera single up the middle, broke Cano’s bat on a full-count fastball that Lester snagged and doubled up Teixeira at first.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1: Sabathia walked Middlebrooks on five pitches but got two fielder’s choice grounders from Shoppach and Aviles to end things.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1: Lester made it through New York’s first eight hitters, getting Martin on a popout to right and Ichiro on a soft liner to short in the third, but Stewart tagged the fourth fastball he saw into the left-field seats to give the Yankees a run back. Stewart hadn’t homered in his past 105 at bats.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: Sabathia has himself retired eight straight since that four-hit first inning, getting Ciriaco and Pedroia to pop out to the outfield, and Gonzalez to weakly ground out to second.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: Cano got a good swing, but lined out to Ellsbury in center. Jones skied a popout to Aviles, and Lester battled Nix, eventually striking him looking out on a 95-mph fastball. Lester had given up at least one run in the first two innings in his past 12 starts dating back to May 14, but he’s scoreless here so far.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: Aviles whiffs on another Sabathia slider, Nava strikes out on a 95-mph fastball, and, after fouling off a few 1-2 pitches, Ellsbury grounds out to third.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: Perfect inning for Lester. Jeter grounds out to Middlebrooks, Granderson grounds out to Pedroia in the shift, and Texeira goes down swinging on three straight pitches, the last a 77-mph curve in the dirt.
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: After the two-hour delay, the Sox struck first and have something cooking against Sabathia. Ellsbury went down on a check swing, but Ciriaco and Pedroia followed it up with consecutive singles to right, and Gonzalez smacked an RBI double. Pedroia and Gonzalez both made solid contact on fastballs down the middle.
Ross then popped up to shallow center, but Middlebrooks drove a first-pitch fastball to the left-center wall that scored two. With the count full, Shoppach whiffed on an 82-mph slider to end the inning.
The Sox have scored in the first inning in each of Lester’s past three starts. Now he takes the mound.
Tarp update III (5:42 p.m.): Back off the field. Worst game of “Will they? Won’t they?” ever. Sun starts to peek through. Sabathia getting lose out in centerfield.
Tarp update II (5:38 p.m.): It is back on the field.
Tarp update I (5:26 p.m.): It is coming off the field.
First pitch will be at approximately at 6:05 p.m.
Weather update IV (5:12 p.m.): Raining less hard than before. Still raining harder than no rain. Will update when we know more.
Weather update III: Not much of an update to give you folks. But plenty of rain. So there’s that.
Weather update II: The grounds crew comes out … to put wooden planks on the tarp. Rain starts falling hard again. Umbrellas are out, and fans are heading for cover.
Weather update: Yankees announce that the game will not begin on time. No anticipated start time yet.
Pregame: Before Friday’s series opener, Bobby V remained optimistic that the Sox can still turn things around, even at the 100-game mark, and they responded with a 10-3 loss. Jon Lester (5-8, 5.46 ERA) takes the mound on the heels of his worst start ever, and will try to stop the bleeding against the Yankees and CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.30 ERA) for Saturday’s late-afternoon slate.
The rain appears to have passed, for now.
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