Alfredo Aceves just showed the Yankees why they should have kept him. In relief of Tim Wakefield, he went the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the save before 47,863 at Yankee Stadium in 3:23 as the Red Sox have taken the first two games of the series.
The Sox had a three-run first inning ignited by Jacoby Ellsbury, who had three hits. The Sox got homers from David Ortiz, Carl Crawford, and J.D. Drew.
Aceves allowed one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Top 9th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 5
Carl Crawford homered, his sixth.
Top 8th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 5
The Red Sox were trying to add insurance to their lead, but to no avail. Varitek and Pedroia drew walks, but the Sox couldn’t get them in as Adrian Gonzalez took a called third strike to end the inning. The Sox have walked eight times tonight.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 5
Aceves settled down and retired the Yankees 1-2-3 including a K of A-Rod.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 5
My how the mighty have fallen. Derek Jeter, bases loaded, one out, knocks into an inning-ending 5-4-3 DP. The Yankees scored one when Tim Wakefield hit Cano with a pitch and walked Gardner with one out. On this hot night, Terry Francona opted to take Wakefield out for Alfredo Aceves. He allowed a single to Nunez and an RBI single by Cervelli. Could have been worse.
Wakefield’s line: 5-1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 Ks, 91 pitches.
Top 6th: Red Sox 8, Yankees 4
Sox loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of walks (Pedroia, Varitek) and a single by Ellsbury, his third hit. Gonzalez knocked in his 53d run when he was walked with the bases loaded by lefty Boone Logan.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4
Wakefield got hit a tad and allowed three runs. He walked Nunez, who advanced on a Varitek passed ball and scored on Cervelli’s RBI single to center. Jeter doubled him in, and after he advanced to third on Granderson’s ground ball out, Teixeira’s sacrifice fly scored Jeter on a poor throw to the plate by Carl Crawford.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 1
A-Rod times the break of the knuckler and deposits the remains into the left field bleachers. The RBI was his 1,865th, surpassing Mel Ott for ninth all-time.
Little bit of a scare when Wakefield stumbled over Brett Gardner on a cover play at first base for the final out of the inning. Wakefield, who has had to do a lot of running in this game, fell hard, but got back up and seemed to be OK.
Top 4th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0
The Red Sox tacked on three more. Burnett walked Ortiz and allowed a single to Carl Crawford. After Scutaro advanced the runners with a ground ball out to second base, J.D. Drew was walked intentionally. Jason Varitek’s grounder to second got the force at second, but the run came in.
The Sox didn’t stop there. Ellsbury doubled to right, scoring the second run of the inning.
With Pedroia up, Cervelli whiffed on a Burnett fastball that bounded to the backstop. Varitek decided to hold up, but Ellsbury advanced to second base. Pedroia’s infield single to shortstop knocked in the final run.
Bottom 3d: Red Sox 4, Yankees 0
Wakefield spotted the Yanks a leadoff double by Cervelli and then retired the top of the order. He struck out Jeter, who hadn’t fanned in 58 straight plate appearances. Teixeria, back in the lineup after sufferring a knee contusion last night when he was hit with a Jon Lester pitch, flied to right, stranding Cervelli at third. Teixeira, a switch hitter, was batting righthanded against Wakefield.
Bottom 2d: Red Sox 4, Yankees 0
Tim Wakefield pitched his second strong inning. He retired the Yankees in order in the first and allowed a two-out infield single to third base to Nick Swisher. Wakefield threw a wild pitch, advancing Swisher to second. Jason Varitek was catching Wakefield with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sick.
Brett Gardner walked, but Eduardo Nunez grounded to third to end the threat.
Top 2d: Red Sox 4, Yankees 0
A.J. Burnett isn’t coming up big for the Yanks tonight, but neither is catcher Francisco Cervelli who has made two throwing errors in as many innings. Marco Scutaro copied Ellsbury’s path to the plate when he singled, stole second, advanced to third on Cervelli’s overthrow, and scored on J.D. Drew’s sacrifice fly.
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0
We’re underway here at Yankee Stadium. It’s 90 degrees at game time. Speed kills. Jacoby Ellsbury continued his consistent ways, leading off the game with a single up the middle against A.J. Burnett. Ellsbury stole second and advanced to third on Francisco Cervelli’s throwing error. He scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s ground ball out to second base.
After Youkilis walked, Big Papi stroked his 15th home run into the right center bleachers on a 3-2 count. No flipping the bat this time.