Red Sox beat Yankees 9-3 to avert sweep

Game over: Red Sox 9, Yankees 3

Tim Wakefield mopped up for the Red Sox and pitched a perfect inning as the Red Sox averted a sweep.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 3

Romulo Sanchez sure was dirty, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He struck out three.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 3

Delcarmen had an eventful inning, giving up three hits and a run. The Sox had Bard warming up. Nothing seems to come easily this season

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

Fast inning for big Romulo Sanchez, who has pitched well in relief.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

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Lester hit Thames with one out but worked around it as Gardner struck out to end the inning. Lester is at 103 pitches. Might Terry Francona send him out for one more inning?

Meanwhile, the Yankees have replaced A-Rod and Jeter with Kevin Russo and Ramiro Pena.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

Drew singled with two outs — he’s 2 for 3 on the day and 17 of his last 36 — but Ortiz was called out on strikes to end the inning.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

Teixeira walked. But Lester K’d A-Rod and got Cano to roll into a 4-6-3 double play. Cano arrived at Fenway as one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He is 2 for 10 with four strikeouts and two double plays in the series so far.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

Burnett is toast as Beltre doubled and Hermida homered to right field to knock him out of the game. Romulo Sanchez is in.

Here’s an interesting stat for you …

Burnett at Fenway while a Blue Jay: 3-0, 0.40 ERA in three starts

Burnett at Fenway as a Yankee: 0-2 (would be 0-3) with a 12.68 ERA in five starts.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 2

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Gardner singled with one out but Lester got Jeter to line to center before Swisher hit a fly ball to right. The line so far for Lester: 5 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. 71 pitches, 45 strikes.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 2

Sox get one back as Pedroia walked and scored on a two-out double by Youkilis.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 2

Weird inning for Lester. The good news: He struck out the side. The bad news: Swisher and A-Rod hit monster solo homers well over the Monster.

It was the first homer for A-Rod in 61 at-bats. “Stick it, A-Rod,” said Dallas Braden’s grandma.

When Marcus Thames struck out looking, he argued. Joe Girardi came over to break it up and was ejected by Tim McClelland. Thames, meanwhile, smashed his bat on the dugout steps.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 0

Big inning for the Sox. Here’s how it went:

Scutaro walk
Pedroia doubles
Youkilis walks to load the bases
Drew sacrifice fly to left
Ortiz RBI double to right on a 3-2 95-mph fastball
Beltre two-run double
Hermida RBI single

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0

Lester walked Cervelli with one out as the backup catcher continued his strong series. But Gardner hit a fly ball to center as did Jeter.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0

Drew led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Jeremy Hermida hit a ball to left field that was over the head of Marcus Thames. He raced back and had a play but the ball went off his glove. It was ruled an error. Drew scored.

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Middle of the 2nd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0

Rocking chair inning for Lester. A-Rod grounded to shortstop, Cano struck out and Posada flied to left.

Top of the 2nd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0

Scutaro singled to left field. He has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games. But Pedroia struck out, Martinez grounded into a force and Youkilis grounded to second.

Middle of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0

Lester looked strong in the first. He struck out Jeter looking and got Swisher and Teixeira on grounders to short. He has allowed one earned run in his last 21.2 innings.

Oh, and I wrong about it being a nice night. It has dropped to 47 degrees.

Top of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0

We’re about to get underway here at Fenway Park. It’s a nice night, just a little windy. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. I know I wouldn’t be sitting here today without the support of my mom.

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