What a way to take sole possession of first place in the American League East.
The Red Sox clawed their way back into this game, sparked by a Marco Scutaro double off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth. Jacoby Ellsbury laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move him to third, and he scored on Dustin Pedroia’s sac fly to left. That tied the game at 2-2 and eventually sent it into extra innings.
“Scoot with a huge hit, Jacoby getting a nice bunt down, and Pedey with a good at-bat, and we get to keep playing,” Terry Francona said.
It was the fifth blown save of the season for Rivera.
“The guy is probably the best closer ever,” Scutaro said. “I needed some luck, I guess.”
Daniel Bard pitched a perfect top of the 10th, setting the stage for dramatics at Fenway Park.
With Phil Hughes pitching and one out recorded, David Ortiz hit a ground-rule double that bounced over the right field wall. Darnell McDonald came in to pinch run for Ortiz, and after Carl Crawford (9 for 12 in the series) was intentionally walked, Josh Reddick came up to the plate.
He ripped a single down the left field line. McDonald scored easily.
“I hit it really well,” Reddick said. “It was my first walk-off hit in a long time.”
It was Reddick’s first career walk-off hit. He’d gone 0-for-4 on the night leading up to the at-bat and had left six runners on base. Teammates mobbed him with hugs and high-fives in shallow right field after his single. Nice moment for Red.
The Red Sox are 10-2 against the Yankees, winning the season series for the first time since 2004 and for just the second time in the last 12 seasons. The teams still have six games left to play.
The Red Sox head to Minnesota to take on the Twins Monday night, so be sure to check back for more coverage tomorrow.