SOX LOSE AGAIN THE STADIUM (11:03, END 9, 9-5 YANKS)
The Red Sox lost their fifth straight game at Yankee Stadium and seventh of eight overall against the Yankees. They lost Jon Lester with one out in the third inning after a line drive from Melky Cabrera stuck him on the inside of the right knee. X-rays taken at the park were negative and the diagnosis was a contusion of his right quadriceps. The Yankees stole seven bases as catcher Jason Varitek went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and a double play.
SOX CHIP AWAY (10:38, TOP 8, 9-4 YANKS)
A walk by Pedroia and singles by Martinez and Youkilis gave the Red Sox their fourth run and knocked Aceves out of the game. With two on and one out, Ortiz will bat against Demaso Marte.
LEAVING THEM LOADED (10:23, END 7, 9-3 YANKS)
Delcarmen loaded the bases by walking Rodriguez, but he got Matsui to ground out to Youkilis to end the inning.
YANKS GET TO DELCARMEN (10:19, BOT 7, 9-3 YANKS)
Damon walked and Teixeira smoked a line drive off the base of the rightfield for a single. Jeter scored to put the Yankees up six.
UNLUCKY SEVEN (10:17, BOT 7, 8-3 YANKS)
Delcarmen struck out the first two batters of the innings, and then Jeter fisted a single to right. He went ahead and stole second, the Yankees’ seventh steal tonight. The Sox have not thrown out any base runners.
QUICK ONE (10:02, MID 7, 8-3 YANKS)
J.D. Drew greeted Aceves with a single on his first pitch. Drew, though, was erased when Varitek grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Gonzalez ended the inning with a pop up.
ACEVES FOR JOBA (9:58, END 6, 8-3 YANKS)
Delcarmen induced a pop up by Cano to end the inning. The Sox will try to come back against Alfredo Aceves. Chamberlain turned in his best start in more than a month, allowing three runs over six innings on just five hits. Martinez and Ortiz did homer off him, though.
BOWDEN DONE (9:52, BOT 6, 8-3 YANKS)
I may have spoken too soon on Bowden. Posada ripped an RBI single after a wild pitch by Bowden moved two runners into scoring position. Matsui, running like Mike Lowell, was caught in rudown between third and home. Bowden is exiting in favor of Manny Delcarmen with two outs.
STOLEN AWAY (9:45, BOT 6, 7-3 YANKS)
The Yankees became the third team this year to steal six bases in a game off of Varitek — and then Rodriguez made the sixth steal pretty much moot. Damon led off with a walk and then stole second base. After Teixeira flied out, allowing Damon to move to third, Rodriguez slammed a double to deep left-center off of Jacoby Ellsbury’s glove.
ORTIZ HITS ANOTHER (9:32, MID 6, 6-3 YANKS)
What a run Ortiz is on. He smoked his 27th home run of the year, and third in the past three days, to the opposite field, into the first few rows above the leftfield fence. Pedroia, who had walked, scored, too. Ortiz upped his RBI total to 93 for the year. The Sox are back in this game, trailing by three. Bay popped out to end the inning.
Bowden is back out to pitch the sixth.
BOWDEN MOWS ‘EM DOWN (9:22, END 5, 6-1 YANKS)
Bowden is making a nice case for himself to make the postseason roster as an emergency reliever/long man/starter. He retired the Yankees in order, striking out Melky Cabrera and Jeter to end the inning. He blew two mid-90s fastballs past Jeter, who swung and missed at them both.
SOX STRAND TWO (9:15, MID 5, 6-1 YANKS)
The bottom of the Sox order sqaundered a potential rally against Chamberlain. Bay led off with a single to center, and Drew followed with a double into the left-center. (Drew is quietly having a really, really, really good season, unquestionably his best with the Red Sox.) With two men in scoring position and no outs, the Sox scored no runs. Varitek popped up to third. Gonzalez struck out. Ellsbury grounded out to first. Hate to pile on, but: Varitek is 11 for 90 (.122) since the day of the trade deadline.
YANKS ADD ON (9:03, END 4, 6-1 YANKS)
Bowden allowed an RBI single to Jorge Posada immediately after he entered. He got out of the inning when Cano grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
BOWDEN ENTERS (8:58, BOT 4, 5-1 YANKS)
After Jones put men on first and third with one out after a single by Matsui, Francona called on Michael Bowden out of the bullpen. Bowden, usually a starter, was sharp in his past two outings in relief.
SOX ON THE BOARD (8:36, TOP 4, 5-1 YANKS)
Victor Martinez 1) ended Chamberlain’s perfect game with two outs in the fourth 2) ended Chamberlain’s shut out and 3) extended his hitting streak to 24 games. He smashed a 2-0 fastball into the Yankees bullpen, a line-drive shot.
JONES ESCAPES (8:29, END 3, 5-0 YANKS)
Jones ended the inning by allowing just one more run. Jeter grounded softly to third, allowing Youkilis to get the second out at second and another run to score. Damon flied softly to center. All of that, of course, is a footnote to what happened to Lester. There is no official word yet on his status.
LESTER OUT, JONES IN (8:23, BOT 3, 4-0 YANKS)
On the line drive that knocked out Jon Lester — and potentially endangered the Red Sox’ postseason hopes — the Yankees scored one run. Hunter Jones has replaced Lester, the bases loaded and Jeter up.
A-ROD CRUSHES ONE (8:06, BOT 3, 3-0 YANKS)
After Chamberlain rolled through the Sox in the third, striking out Jason Varitek and Gonzalez, Rodriguez gave the Yankees some breathing room. Teixeira singled to left, and then Rodriguez smashed a home run nearly into the second deck in left field. Matsui followed with a single to right. No team has beat around Lester like this in about three months.
MEN OF STEAL (7:51, END 2, 1-0 YANKS)
Lester got out of the inning without allowing any runs, but the Yankees upped their steal total to four against him and Varitek. After Robinson Cano singled up the middle to lead off the inning, Swisher spun out of his shoes swinging over another big-breaking curve. Cano stole second, the fourth steal of the night. (It should be noted that, in the first, Rodriguez stole second off of Lester and third mostly due to indiffcerence; the Sox don’t hold runners at second with two outs.) Melky Cabrera lined out to right. Damon grounded up the middle, and Gonzalez made a strange play, spinning after he caught the ball then diving head first to tag second base.
1-2-3 AGAIN (7:42, MID 2, 1-0)
The last time Chamberlain won, it came against the Red Sox. He looks good again tonight. Youkilis grounded out to Rodriguez. David Ortiz drilled a line drive at Nick Swisher in right, who made an awkward shoe-string catch. Jason Bay looked horrible in striking out swinging at a slider.
LESTER STRANDS TWO (7:35, END 1, 1-0 YANKS)
Lester gave up a run and did not get out of the inning until after he walked Hideki Matsui. But, man, his stuff is filthy tonight. He struck out Jorge Posada looking at a 96-mph fastball on the inside corner at the knees. Posada swung over a curve early in the at-bat, and his hook has some unreal break tonight. If he can improve his command, he’ll be extremely difficult to hit tonight.
YANKS STRIKE FIRST (7:26, BOT 1, 1-0 YANKS)
The Yankees got to Lester despite signs he has some great stuff tonight. Jeter stole second when Varitek lost control of the ball while transferring it from his glove to his hand. Lester struck out Teixeira with a sequence of nasty pitches. Teixeira flailed over an off-a-cliff, 82-mph curveball for strike one. He whiffed at a 91-mph cutter that bore in at his knees for strike three. He’s one of the best hitters in the game, and Lester made a mockery of the at-bat. Lester had no such luck in the next at-bat — Alex Rodriguez ripped a 96-mph fastball that Lester left up in the zone through the left side for an RBI single.
JOBA THROUGH ONE (7:18, MID 1, 0-0)
Chamberlain induced a weak fly from Martinez to get through the first 1-2-3. That’s a good sign for the Yankees. Chamberlain has not won his past eight starts, a span in which he has an 8.42 ERA.
Also, Jeter led off the game with a single up the middle.
WE’RE UNDERWAY (7:13, TOP 1, 0-0)
Jacoby Ellsbury chopped a swinging bunt to the left side of the infield, and Joba Chamberlain made a strong to retire him for the game’s first out. Chamberlain then threw inside to Dustin Pedroia. On the next pitch, he grounded out to Derek Jeter. Two down, and here comes Victor Martinez.