Final: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2 The Red Sox got home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury and Johnny Gomes and Felix Doubront outdueled Andy Pettitte as the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees, 4-2, in the opener of this three-game weekend series before a Fenway Park sellout crowd of 38,130.
Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the ninth and got three quick outs to record his ninth save of the season.
Bottom 8th, Red Sox 4, Yankees 2: The Sox stranded David Ortiz at third after the DH doubled to center and went to third after tagging up on Mike Napoli’s fly ball out to right. Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the ninth in relief of Breslow.
Top 8th, Red Sox 4, Yankees 2: Craig Breslow got some sterling defense to escape a jam with one out in the top of the 8th when he gave up a pair of back-to-back hits to Ichiro Suzuki (single to left) and Robinson Cano (double to center). Iglesias came to Breslow’s rescue by fielding Vernon Wells’ pop fly and then handling Luis Cruz’s sharply-struck ball to the hole, and throwing out the runner at first, where Mike Napoli applied the tag.
Bottom 7th, 2 out: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2: Shawn Kelley was summoned to relieve Pettite in the bottom half of the seventh after the Yankees’ lefthanded starter went 6.1 innings, allowing Johnny Gomes to reach on a ground-rule double down the first base line that hopped into the stands.
Pettite got Saltalamacchia to ground to third before turning it over to Kelley, who induced pinch-hitter Brock Holt to ground to the mound. After Gomes advanced to third on a wild pitch, Jose Iglesias sent Kelley packing when he hit a soft fly to right for an RBI single that scored Gomes to make it 4-2. LHP Boone Logan relieved Kelley with two out in the seventh and issued a walk to Ellsbury, putting two men aboard for Daniel Nava, who grounded to third for the unassisted force out on Iglesias.
Top 7th, Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Doubront departed the game after getting Overbay to ground to second. He handed the baton to Junichi Tazawa after going 6.1 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits (including a pair of doubles) and three walks while striking out five. He threw 93 pitches (59 strikes).
With two out and Brent Lillibridge (walk) representing the tying run at first, Chris Stewart came up and battled back from an 0-2 count to work it full against Tazawa, who wound up getting out of the innning when Stewart flew to right.
Bottom 6th, Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Doubront came bounding out of the Sox dugout to pitch the seventh after Pettitte got Ortiz and Napoli to hit into groundball force outs to end the inning. It was the fourth consecutive shutout inning Pettitte twirled against the Sox, who managed just after allowing one run in the first and two in the second on a pair of homers.
Top 6th, Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Doubront responded in kind with a strong inning to preserve Boston’s one-run lead. After allowing Vernon Wells to reach on a two-out single to left, Doubront induced Luiz Cruz to pop up to Saltalamacchia to end the inning. Through six innings, Doubront has thrown 91 pitches (57 strikes). He looked like he still had one more inning left in him. That was, of course, before Junichi Tazawa began warming up in the Sox bullpen.
Bottom 5th, Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Pettitte retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion after the Yankees made two defensive substituions and a pair of defensive switches. Update on Shane Victorino: The Red Sox reported the right fielder left the game in the third inning with left hamstring tightness.
Top 5th, Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: After giving up a lead-off double to Lyle Overbay, Doubront struck out Brent Lillibridge (swinging) and got Eduardo Nunez to ground to third before Chris Stewart drove in Overbay with an RBI double to left. It was Stewart’s third double of the season.
Doubront got out of the inning with an eventful called third strike on Brett Gardner, who did a two-handed spike of his helmet in disgust and got immediately ejected for his reaction by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. Luis Cruz replaced Gardner in the lineup and was inserted at third base.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1: David Ortiz led off the inning by ripping his 23d double of the season off The Wall. Big Papi wound up getting stranded at second after Pettitte struck out Mike Napoli (swinging) and Johnny Gomes (looking) before inducing Jarrod Saltalamacchia to pop up to the mound.
Aside to NASCAR fans in Red Sox Nation: Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, stopped by NESN’s TV booth to visit with Don and Jerry in the Red Sox half of the fourth.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1: The Yankees pushed across a classic unearned run when Brett Gardner reached on a lead-off walk, stole second, then stole third, which drew an errant throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia that got past third baseman Brandon Snyder. Saltalamacchia’s throw bounded down the line to left, enabling Gardner to score New York’s first run of the game. It spoiled Doubront’s bid for a shutout.
Bottom 3d, Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: Ellsbury led off with a single to center, but got doubled up at second when Shane Victorino hit into a 4-6-3 double play and appeared to injure himself running to first. Victorino walked to the dugout and headed straight for the clubhouse accompanied by the team’s medical staff. After Dustin Pedroia popped to first to end the inning, Daniel Nava was summoned as a defensive replacement for Victorino in right field at the top of the fourth.
Top 3d, Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: Another 1-2-3 inning for Doubront, who needed 10 pitches to retire the side. Doubront has now thrown 29 pitches through three innings. Nice efficient outing so far.
Bottom 2d, Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: After Pettitte issued a lead-off walk to Mike Napoli, Johnny Gomes came up and drilled a 2-2 offering into the Monster seats for a 2-run homer (his seventh of the season), giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.
Top 2d: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0: After issuing a lead-off walk to Vernon Wells, Doubront got some outstanding support from his defense, which turned a 6-4-3 double play when Doubront induced Zoilo Almonte to ground to short and when Lyle Overbay grounded to second to end the inning. Doubront has thrown 19 pitches (12 strikes) through two innings.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0: Even better start for Jacoby Ellsbury, who belted a lead-off solo homer off Andy Pettitte, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. It was Ellsbury’s ninth career lead-off homer and second of the season after recording his last July 11 at Seattle. Pettitte got out of the inning by striking out David Ortiz on a called third strike, which looked to be low and inside. Ortiz tried arguing the point with home plate umpire Mike Everitt, but it fell upon deaf ears.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Nice start by Felix Doubront, who retired the side in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Robinson Cano.
Pregame The Red Sox (58-39) return from the All-Star break to host the Yankees (51-44) Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend series against the Bronx Bombers. Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91 ERA) drew the starting assignment for the Red Sox in opposition of New York LHP Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39). Dave Mellor, Fenway’s head groundskeeper, is out on the field right now hosing down the infield of the oven-baked ballpark, where pregame temperatures reached triple digits.
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