Final: Yankees 9, Red Sox 6: The Red Sox could not overcome the three-run deficit. Ortiz singled and Gomes walked, but Salty flied out to end the game. Rivera earned the save, while Dempster fell to 0-6 against the Yankees in 8 career starts.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 9, Boston 6: New York stretched the lead to three runs. With Jayson Nix on third base, Stewart singled to left field to bring the run home. Rubby De La Rosa, the fifth reliever of the night, pitched the ninth inning.
End of the 8th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 6 – The Yankees nearly extended their lead in the top of the inning, but left the bases loaded. With two runners on, Tazawa replaced Morales. Rodriguez singled. With two outs, Granderson flied out to left. Will Middlebrooks doubled with two outs in the bottom frame and took third on a wild pitch, but Boston couldn’t capitalize. Ellsbury struck out to end the inning – his fourth of the night.
Bottom of the 7th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 6 – Boston goes down easy. Ortiz struck out swinging, and Saltalamacchia grounded into 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 6 – The Yankees added another run via a pinch-hit single from Mark Reynolds. The hit came off of Franklin Morales, but Brandon Workman was charged with the run.
Bottom of the 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 6 – Middlebrooks walked to start the inning, but was stranded. Ellsbury and Victorino struck out, and Pedroia grounded out. Shawn Kelley replaced Sabathia and retired Victorino and Pedroia. Sabathia’s line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 5 K.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 6 – After two quiet innings, the Yankees snapped back with four runs, sparked by a home run from Rodriguez. Dempster surrendered two more hits, and was finished after walking Stewart. Drake Britton replaced him, and gave up a base-clearing triple to Gardner. The ball was in the right-center gap, and Victorino ran a long way to try and make the play. Brandon
Workman replaced Britton, who faced just three batters. Workman retired soriano to end the inning. Dempster’s line: 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 K, 107 pitches.
End of the 5th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 3 – Just like the fourth inning, Dempster made easy work of the Yankees, retiring the side in order on seven pitches. In the bottom half of the inning, Boston added a run after Nava drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to score Pedroia. One fan was so happy that he proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes.
End of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 3 – After a quiet top half of the inning, the Red Sox take the lead with a pair of runs. Drew’s sacrifice to fly to left field scored Saltalamacchia, who led off the inning with a double. Middlebrooks added a home run to opposite field and into the Boston bullpen.
Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 3 – All knotted up. Victorino led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Ortiz grounded out to Overbay and the speedy Victorino scored.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – Drew made a nice diving stop to get Rodriguez out at first, but it was enough to score Ichiro and put the Yankees ahead.
Bottom of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2 – With warnings issued, it wouldn’t be smart for Sabathia to hit anybody. Instead, he used just nine pitches to retire Drew, Middlebrooks and Ellsbury to quickly get out of the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 2 – Only a matter of time until a pitcher plunked Alex Rodriguez, and Dempster didn’t take long. After throwing an 89-mile-per-hour fastball behind Rodriguez’s legs on the first pitch, Dempster hit him on a 3-0 count. Manager Joe Girardi shot out of the dugout like a cannon and was ejected, and the benches emptied. Dempster was warned, but not ejected. Granderson doubled and Eduardo Nunez scored A-Rod on a single. Overbay hit a sacrifice fly to score Granderson.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0 – The Sox scored a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly from Jonny Gomes and a two-out, RBI single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After throwing a first-pitch strike to Jacoby Ellsbury to start the inning, Sabathia walked him on four straight pitches and gave up a hit to Shane Victorino. Pedroia lined out to left, but Sabathia fell into trouble again and walked David Ortiz on a 3-2 count.
Top of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0 – Ryan Dempster started the game efficiently, striking out Brett Gardner and Ichiro. But he gave up a double to Robinson Cano, and after throwing a wild pitch to Alfonso Soriano, faced trouble with Cano on third. Dempster escaped after getting Soriano to ground to shortstop to end the inning. His best pitch was an 82-mile-per-hour splitter, which Ichiro fanned at for the strikeout.
Pregame: Welcome to Fenway Park for game 126 and the weekend finale against New York. After splitting the first two games, the Sox are looking for a win before heading west to face San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers.