Game over: Red Sox 8, Yankees 3
Varitek went out to warm up Papelbon. Then Francona sent Kevin Cash out to get him. ‘Tek hugged Cash as the crowd cheered then hugged Francona at the top step of the dugout.
Papelbon got the final three outs despite Jeter collecting an RBI single. Papelbon, true to form, threw 29 pitches.
The Sox finish 89-73 and were 9-9 against the wild-card Yankees.
Back later with more.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 3
The Sox went in order. Varitek flied to deep right in what coule be his final at-bat with the Red Sox and received a loud ovation.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 3
Lackey got two outs. But with Gardner on second, he was taken out of the game when he walked A-Rod. Rich Hill came in and allowed an RBI single by Cano.
Nice game by Lackey. 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 2
Lowie hit another homer, this one to right off Joba Chamberlain. He has nine on the season. Of his 49 hits, 23 have been for extra bases.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 2
The Sox are just messin’ with the Yankees now. After Lackey retired the side in order, the Sox scored scored three more runs.
Girardi started the inning with lefty Royce “Can’t Believe He Might Get a World Series” Ring on the mound. Ortiz bunted for a single against the shift and doffed his helmet when they ran for him. Then he took a curtain call. Yes, a curtain call for a bunt single. It was amusing.
In came David Robertson, who walked Bill Hall. Ryan Kalish followed with an RBI single. With one out, Joe Girardi got cute and intentionally walked Daniel Nava and called in lefty Boone Logan to face Lars Anderson.
Lars delivered a sacrifice fly to right. Kalish went to third on the play.
Kalish and Nava then executed a double steal with Kalish swiping home when the Yankees threw to second. It was the first steal of home for the Sox since Jacoby Ellsbury’s straight steal of home against the Yankees in 2009.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Lackey stayed strong in the top of the fifth, giving up a single by Gardner before getting Jeter to bounce into an inning-ending double play. In the bottom of the inning, Patterson walked with two outs before Lowrie homered.
The Sox now have 210 home runs, two fewer than last year and the fifth-most in team history. All those “where will the power come from” questions we asked in spring training are looking mighty stupid.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 2
Lackey retired the side in order and had two more strikeouts. In the bottom of the inning, Ortiz singled with one out. Hall followed with a fly ball to deep center. Papi thought it would go over Gardner’s head and was past second when the ball was caught. He was doubled off first. Kalish then reached on an error by Cano before Varitek grounded out.
Ortiz now hitting .269 by the way.
Top of the 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 2
J.D. Drew giveth and he taketh away. Teixeira hit a little flare to right that Drew had a play on and dropped. It went for a two-base error with two outs. A-Rod made the Sox pay with an RBI single to center.
Then Moseley retired the Sox in order in the bottom of the inning
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1
Nick Swisher homered off Lackey in the top of the inning. No. 29 for him. In the bottom of the frame, Jason Varitek had his first hit since June 30 when he signed to center. But Nava grounded into a double play before Anderson popped to second.
After the inning was over, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Johnny Pesky, who turned 91 last week. Mr. Pesky was sitting in a luxury box with Jim Rice.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0
Patterson walked then jogged home when David Jonathan Drew crushed a homer over the New York bullpen in right. No. 21 on the year for Drew.
Papi went the other way for a single with one out but Hall lined to short and Kalish grounded to third.
Lackey struck out the side in the first along with giving up a single to Jeter to right field.
The grounds crew swapped out the bases after the first inning. That means either some players wanted souvenirs or they’ll be selling them to collectors.
Top of the 1st: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
We’re underway here at Fenway on a cloudy day. Hope you enjoy the final game of the season and please feel free to leave your comments, as always.