YOUKILIS ENDS IT (11:33, BOT 11, 5-4)
Youkilis completed the Red Sox late-inning comeback by blasting a one-out home run over the Green Monster, a bomb that was clearly a home run from the moment it left the bat. Marte, a lefthander, delivered the 2-2 fastball that Youkilis pummeled while righthander Edwar Ramirez warmed in the bullpen. That’s Youkilis’s second walkoff home run.
PEDROIA TURNS TWO (11:26, MID 11, 4-4)
Cabrera ended the inning when he rolled a grounder to Pedroia. He rushed at Cano, tagged him in the chest, then whipped a throw to Youkilis. Here comes Ortiz, Youkilis, and Drew to face Marte.
YANKEES PUT ONE IN SCORING POSITION (11:23, TOP 11, 4-4)
Posada led off with a walk. Youkilis foiled Brett Gardner’s sacrifice bunt by charging, turning, nearly decapitating Ramirez with a throw that nailed Posada at second. Cano ripped a single to right, putting Gardner, a very fast runner, at second for Cabrera.
SOX DOWN QUIETLY (11:18, END 10, 4-4)
Here’s something: The Red Sox just delivered the night’s first non-double-play-aided 1-2-3 inning. Marte shut them down, Pedroia striking out on a high fastball to end the inning.
Ramon Ramirez is in for the Sox. Only Huner Jones remains in the Sox bullpen.
PAP Ks TEX (11:09, MID 10, 4-4)
Papelbon faced Teixeira with men on second and third in the top of the 10th and the score tied with the count full. Can you imagine a more drama-packed moment? Papelbon delivered, striking out Teixeira with a high fastball.
Marte is on, facing Green, Ellsbury, and Pedroia.
PEDROIA SAVES A RUN (11:00, TOP 10, 4-4)
This is getting pretty good. Molina led off with a single, then moved to second on Pena’s sacrifice bunt. Jeter seemingly nailed the go-ahead hit up the middle, but Pedroia laid out and made a sensational stop, then whirled and fired to keep Molina at third and nab Jeter. Two outs, Damon up.
Also: Bay had been 0 for 4 with two strikeouts against Rivera prior to that at-bat.
ON TO EXTRAS (10:55, END 9, 4-4)
Varitek struck out, and here comes the 10th. Jonathan Papelbon has entered. Gil Velazquez is in the game playing third. Due up: Molina, Pena, Jeter.
BAY’S BOMB TIES IT (10:51, BOT 9, 4-4)
Bay hit a two-run home run with two outs to tie the score and at least force extra innings, while Lowell just singled to put the winning run on first. Bay crushed a fastball that stayed up to center, over the deepest part of the Green Monster. Youkilis hit a one-out single up the box after Ortiz struck out. Here comes Varitek. Jonathan Van Every is pinch running.
LOPEZ GETS WILD, THEN GETS OUT (10:41, TOP 9, 4-2)
In his first 15 pitches, Javier Lopez hit Teixeira, threw a wild pitch, and walked two batters. With his 17th pitch, Cano grounded to second, where Pedroia, playing in, fielded the ball and started a 4-2-3 double play. Hunter Jones began warming, but Lopez got out of his own mess, inducing an infield pop from Cabrera. The Red Sox have one more chance, with Ortiz, Youkilis, and Drew due up.
RIVERA FREEZES PEDROIA (10:29, END 8, 4-2 YANKS)
Girardi made the odd decision to bring in Mariano Rivera with one strike on Ellsbury, who eventually flared a broken-bat single to center, just out of Jeter’s reach. Pedroia came to the plate representing the go-ahead run, as Green had been hit by a pitch and stood on second. Rivera fired an inside fastball at Pedroia’s knees, ending the threat.
BULLPEN ACTION (10:16, BOT 8, 4-2 YANKS)
Lefthander Damaso Marte and Mariano Rivera are up in the Yankees bullpen, while Javier Lopez is up for the Sox. Lowell struck out to lead off the eighth.
SAITO COMES THROUGH (10:13, MID 8, 4-2 YANKS)
Saito struck out Damon swinging to strand Pena at third. Albaladejo remains on the mound, and Pena remains in at third for Ransom. Lowell, Varitek, and Green are due up.
RANSOM HURT (10:10, TOP 8, 4-2 YANKS)
Ransom walked with one out, stole second, and moved to third on Jeter’s groundout up the middle to Pedroia. While running to third, he was injured. Girardi visited him, looked at the dugout and made throat-slashing gesture, and Ramiro Pena came out to pinch run. Damon is up against Saito.
TO THE EIGHTH (10:00, END 7, 4-2 YANKS)
Bay grounded out to Jeter, who flipped to Cano at second for the out. Saito is entering the game, replacing Delcarmen, to pitch to Molina, Ransom, and Jeter.
ALBALADEJO IN (9:57, BOT 7, 4-2 YANKS)
Coke walked Drew, bringing in Albaladejo to face to Bay with the tying run on first and two down.
BULLPEN ACTION (9:55, BOT 7, 4-2 YANKS)
While Coke mows down the Sox, Takashi Saito and Jonathan Albaladejo are warming in their respective bullpens. Ortiz popped to left and Youkilis flied to center.
IT’S STILL A GAME (9:50, MID 7, 4-2 YANKS)
Delcarmen did well to hold the Yankees to just one more run in the inning, but the Red Sox still face a hole. Swisher flied to shallow left, not deep enough for Damon to tag up. Cano lined to left center, and Bay saved at least one run with a diving catch, but Damon still scored easily to put the Yankees up, 4-2. Cabrera grounded to second to strand two.
Coke is back out to face Ortiz, Youkilis, and Drew.
TEX PUTS YANKEES AHEAD (9:42, TOP 7, 3-2 YANKS)
Teixeira flared a single into center, scoring Jeter and giving the Yankees the lead. Delcarmen got up in the bullpen while Posada hit a broken-bat single to right to load the bases. And now he’s coming in to try to extricate the Red Sox from a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Swisher is up, with Cano to follow.
YANKEES THREATENING (9:35, TOP 7, 2-2)
Jeter flared a ball down the right-field line, slicing into the corner. Drew sprinted over but slowed and tip-toed once he neared the wall. He struck his glove out, but the ball sailed past and bounded off the wall, and Jeter sprinted into second with a double. Damon followed with another strange hit. He dribbled the ball halfway between first and the mound. Okajima pounced, but he fumbled itl trying to pull it out of his glove, allowing Damon to reach. Jeter moved to third. Two on, none out.
COKE GETS IT DONE (9:27, END 6, 2-2)
We’re down to a three-inning game. Ellsbury flied to center, and Pedroia lined to right. Okajima has entered to face Jeter, Damon, and Teixeira.
The Red Sox will not break the major league record for double plays, which the Giants set May 4, 1969 by grounding into seven at Houston. They can still set the American League record, which is six and held by several teams, most recently the Indians, who did it Tuesday against the Royals.
GREEN IS MONEY, CHAMBERLAIN IS DONE (9:20, BOT 6, 2-2)
Green has hurt his former team so far, going 2 for 3 with the tying RBI, which has knocked out Chamberlain. Bay flied to right to begin the inning. Lowell doubled off the wall. Varitek singled to left, sending Lowell to third. Green shot a single to right, the ninth Red Sox hit of the night, plating Lowell and tying the score. After the play, Joe Girardi trudged from the dugout and called on lefthander Phil Coke to face Ellsbury with one out and two on.
LESTER THROUGH SIX (9:12, MID 6, 2-1 YANKS)
Lester made it through the sixth, which had seemed unlikely. The Yankees were hitting him hard, with Cabrera’s deep drive and Molina lining a hard single to left. But Terry Francona stuck with Lester, and he induced Ransom to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Lester’s night is now certainly over, as he’s thrown 115 pitches. Hideki Okajima is warming up.
Chamberlain has thrown 75 pitches through five despite six hits and three walks. That’s what four double plays will do.
LESTER OUT FOR THE SIXTH (9:07, TOP 6, 2-1 YANKS)
The Red Sox are giving Lester some rope, allowing him to come out with 104 pitches already thrown. He’s got 110 now, with Molina batting and Cabrera having flied to the warning track in center, where Ellsbury made a catch with his back to the wall.
QUADRUPLE DOUBLE (9:05, END 5, 2-1 YANKS)
The Red Sox just had their fourth rally shut down by double play. Pedroia led off with a walk, and Ortiz followed with a sharp single to right. Youkilis almost grounded into ANOTHER double play, but Cano bobbled the transfer enough for Youkilis to beat the throw. Then Drew followed by actually grounding into a 6-4-3 double play, the fourth in five innings. Even worse for the Red Sox, they had another runner on aside from the one who was doubled up in three of the instances, and those three ended the inning.
LESTER HITS 100 (8:55, MID 5, 2-1 YANKS)
Lester had thrown 102 pitches when Manny Delcarmen started warming up with two outs in the fifth. Lester seemed headed for his first 1-2-3 inning, but Swisher plopped a double into shallow right. Lester got out of the fifth by inducing a pop to right by Cano, but his night could be over after 104 pitches.
SOX SQUANDER ANOTHER CHANCE (8:47, END 4, 2-1 YANKS)
Bay led off with a double, which Lowell followed with a pop to center. Varitek reached when Chamberlain hit him with a pitch in his side. Green seemingly quelled the threat by bouncing back to Chamberlain. He turned and threw to second, but his wide throw pulled Cano off the base. Green beat Cano’s throw to first, loading the bases with one out. Ellsbury hit a grounder directly at Cano, who started a 4-6-3 double play, the third of the game. The Red Sox have put five runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the past two innings, and they have nothing to show for it.
DAMON DOWN (8:39, MID 4, 2-1 YANKS)
Damon ended the inning by swinging way late on a 93-m.p.h. fastball from Lester for strike three. Lester has thrown 89 pitches already. If the Red Sox are to win, it’ll take another big effort from the bullpen.
YANKEES LEAD (8:35, TOP 4, 2-1 YANKS)
Jeter grounded a 3-2 pitch to shortstop to bring home Molina with the go-ahead run. Two outs, Damon up.
RANSOM TIES IT UP (8:33, TOP 4, 1-1)
Ransom looked helpless in his first at-bat, but he got even with Lester in his second. Cabrera started a rally with a one-out single. Molina walked. Ransom laced a 2-0 pitch down the left-field line, off of the wall that juts out behind first base. Cabrera scored, and Molina moved to second on Ransom’s double.
A MISSED OPPORTUNITY (8:20, END 3, 1-0 SOX)
After getting two runners in scoring position with one out, the Sox left both, and one more runner, stranded. Ortiz struck out looking at a pitch at his knees. Chamberlain walked Youkilis intentionally, loading the bases for Drew. Drew lined an 0-1 fastball into the left-center gap, but it hung up long enough for Damon to make the catch.
SOX THREATENING (8:14, BOT 3, 1-0 SOX)
The Red Sox put their leadoff man on base for the third straight inning when Green singled hard to right center. Ellsbury popped foul to Molina, but Pedroia started a potential rally by doubling into the left-field corner.
YANKS MAKE LESTER WORK (8:08, MID 3, 1-0 SOX)
A couple cheap hits and some patient at-bats have cranked up Lester’s pitch count, but they remain scoreless thanks to a highlight-reel catch by Lowell. Jeter grounded out to Pedroia. Damon reached with a broken-bat single that barely eluded a leaping Nick Green.
Teixeira’s second introduction at the plate was oddly routine, hardly any boos at all. He reached first on a high chopper that forced Lowell to back up and wait for it to come down. His throw was barely late despite an excellent, in-between-hop scoop by Youkilis. Posada struck out for the second time. Swisher ripped a line drive down the third base line, but Lowell made a diving, backhand stab to end the inning. Lester has thrown 63 pitches, 38 for strikes.
DOUBLE DOUBLE (7:55, END 2, 1-0 SOX)
Bay led off by lashing a single to left center, but was quickly erased on the second Red Sox double in as many innings. Mike Lowell lined a ball right at Derek Jeter, who caught the ball on a short hop and sidearmed a throw to Cano, who relayed to first. Varitek popped out to Jeter to end the inning quickly.
Lester, who’s thrown 38 pitches, will face Jeter to lead off the third.
WITHOUT CONTROL, LESTER IN COMMAND (7:48, MID 2, 1-0 SOX)
Lester struck out the side, giving him four for the night and allowing him to sidestep two walks. Robinson Cano looked at a 96-m.p.h. fastball on the black and at his knees, just an unhittable pitch. Melky Cabrera walked, and stole second easily on a 2-2 pitch thanks, in part, to Jason Varitek’s high throw. On the next pitch, Jose Molina walked. Cody Ransom, who entered batting .170, struck out trying check his swing on a 90-m.p.h. cutter that nearly hit him in the toe. His walks aside, Lester has his best stuff tonight.
CHAMBERLAIN-ELLSBURY CONNECTION (7:37, TOP 2, 1-0 SOX)
Michael Vega passes along this note: Jacoby Ellsbury, the first Navajo to reach the Major Leagues, scored Boston’s first run after surviving a home-plate collision with Joba Chamberlain, of the Winnebago Indian tribe.
Also, Lester struck out Nick Swisher looking at an inside fastball to lead off the second.
DREW DOUBLED UP (7:34, END 1, 1-0 SOX)
Drew ended the inning by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play. Chamberlain seemed rattled after Ellsbury’s mad dash, and the Red Sox let him off the hook.
YOUKILIS VS. CHAMBERLAIN (7:32, BOT 1, 1-0 SOX)
In an uneventful at-bat, Youkilis walked on five pitches, none of which came anywhere near his head. Before the at-bat, David Ortiz struck out lunging at an 83-m.p.h. offspeed pitch in the dirt. Men on first and second for J.D. Drew with one out.
ELLSBURY CREATES A RUN (7:26, BOT 1, 1-0 SOX)
Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a rocketed single to left, and he moved to second when Joba Chamberlain balked on a pitch out. Ellsbury took off for third two pitches later, and Chamberlain unleashed pitch in the dirt. It scooted by Jose Molina, who was charged with a passed ball. Ellsbury never stopped running, turning around third and heading home. Molina’s throw was late, and Chamberlain couldn’t block the plate as Ellsbury slid in feet-first. That play alone was worth coming to the park for.
Also, Pedroia walked.
LESTER Ks POSADA (7:19, MID 1, 0-0)
After the leadoff single to Jeter, Lester reverted to his typical Yankee-killing form. He stuck out Posada on a 77-m.p.h. curveball to end the inning. In three starts against the Yankees last year, Lester went 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA, striking out 24 in 22 1/3 innings.
TEIXEIRA WELCOMED (7:14, TOP 1, 0-0)
After Derek Jeter singled to the opposite field on Jon Lester’s first pitch and Johnny Damon flied out, Mark Teixeira walked to home plate. The Fenway crowd booed him, but it wasn’t quite the explosion you might have expected. It was almost a polite, matter-of-fact booing. Teixeira flied to Jason Bay in left on a 2-2 pitch. Two outs, Jeter on first.