Final: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: The Sox couldn’t muster enough off Kuroda to overcome two Jeter doubles and two Ichiro solo homers. Beckett takes the loss again, giving up a two-out RBI double to Granderson in the first, a wild pitch that allowed Jeter to score in the second, and, of course, those two blasts by Ichiro. The score is flipped from Saturday night, and the Yankees take the series.
Gonzalez’s homer in the seven provided the sole run for the Sox, who have Monday off before opening up a series at Fenway against the Angels.
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Top 9th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: Crawford, in what could very well be his final at bat of the season, singled up the middle to lead things off, but Pedroia grounded into a double play. Gonzalez ripped two foul balls down the right-field line, then struck out swinging on a 83-mph slider. Game over.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: Miller got Ibanez to fly out to center, then gave way to Junichi Tazawa, who got Martin on a grounder to third. Ichiro then beat out Ciriaco’s deep throw for an infield single, and McGehee grounded into a fielder’s choice to end things.
Rafael Soriano on to close. We are three outs away and under three hours, by the way.
Kuroda’s line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 112 pitches, 75 strikes.
Top 8th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: Kuroda continues to cruise. Ciriaco lined out to center, Punto got caught looking, and Ellsbury flied out again to center.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: Miller rung up Granderson and Chavez on breaking balls after Cano walked. Swisher flied out to right to start the inning.
Kuroda remains in the game with Ciriaco-Punto-Ellsbury due up.
Top 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1: Gonzalez cranks a solo shot to right to put the Sox on the board. Lavarnway singled up the middle, snapping a 1 for 19 streak against right-handers, but Salty flied out to left and Podsednik flied out to center.
Time to stretch.
Beckett is done for the day. Andrew Miller on for the Sox.
Beckett’s line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 98 pitches, 58 strikes.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0: Beckett again leaves a fastball over the middle of the plate, and Ichiro again cranks it over the right-field wall. He takes the curtain call after the seventh multi-homer game of his career.
Top 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Kuroda hasn’t allowed a run in his past 16.1 innings, and has allowed just four hits — all singles — in that span after getting Punto (grounder to second), Ellsbury (flyout to center), and Crawford (deep fly to the right-field warning track) in order.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Jeter moves to 3 for 3 tonight with a single to lead things off, and after Swisher struck out swinging, Cano snapped an 0 for 16 with a single up the middle, and Granderson walked to load the bases.
Beckett then fell behind 3-0 on Chavez, who either got the green light or ignored the stop sign and skied a popout in foul territory to Gonzalez at first. Ibanez got under one and flied out to center to end the inning, getting Beckett out of a potentially big jam.
Top 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: The Sox got a runner in scoring position for the first time tonight on a bizarre play. After Salty singled, Podsednik hit a high chopper towards Cano at second. Cano appeared to tag him, and Salty appeared to run out of the baseline, but was ruled safe. Either way, Ciriaco grounded out to short to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Ichiro demolished a 1-2 fastball into the right-field second deck for a solo homer, his second with the Yankees. Beckett’s given up seven two-strike homers this season.
Top 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0: The Sox again go down in order against Kuroda. Crawford and Pedroia both ground out to second, and Gonzalez bounces out to Swisher at first unassisted.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0: Jeter hammered another Beckett pitch over the middle of the plate to centerfield for his second double of the night, upping his career average against the righthander to .330. After Swisher walked, the two executed a double steal, and Jeter scored on a wild pitch, moving him to one shy of Craig Biggio for 13th all-time in runs.
Beckett then rung Cano up on a full-count two-seamer, intentionally walked Granderson to put runners on the corners, took enough time between pitches to cause Yankees fans to start the wave in the third inning, and struck out Chavez on a full count.
Top 3rd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: After Podsednik flied out to deep left, Kuroda struck Ciriaco out, so the world has license to officially implode. Punto singled, becoming the first Sox batter to reach base, but Ellsbury struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Solid inning for Beckett, who gets Ibanez (grounder to second), Martin (strikeout swinging), and Ichiro (flyout to right) in order.
Top 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Six outs, and the Sox haven’t gotten the ball out of the infield. Gonzalez pops out to Jeter, Lavarnway goes chasing an outside breaking pitch, and Salty weakly bounces out to second.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Beckett gets behind after the first inning. We know, revolutionary stuff here. Jeter led off with a double to deep center, but Beckett nearly got out of it with a groundout by Swisher and a strikeout to Cano. One strike away from stranding Jeter on third, Granderson, hitting cleanup for the first time since 2009, instead ripped a double down the right-field line. Chavez nearly extended the damage, but flied out to the warning track in left.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Three groundouts, and Kuroda is through a perfect first after setting Ellsbury, Crawford, and Pedroia down in order.
Pregame: Good evening. The Sox send Josh Beckett (5-10, 5.19) in Sunday night’s rubber match at Yankee Stadium, with a two-fold opportunity to take the series and get the right-hander back on track. New York counters with Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 3.06).
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