Final: Red Sox 9, Yankees 5: Pinch-hitting, A-Rod struck out, moving to 0 for 14 with 5 strikeouts lifetime off the bench. Chavez hit a relatively meaningless solo shot to right, Jeter grounded out to second, and Granderson flies out to second.
The unknowns, Gomez and Ciriaco, are the heroes. They went a combined 6 for 9 on the night, powering the Sox to a much-needed win.
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Bottom 8th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 4: Sox put runners on second and third after Sweeney reached on an error and Aviles doubled down the left-field line. To chants of “Pedro! Pedro! Pedro!” Ciriaco flew out to right.
Aceves on with three outs left.
Top 8th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 4: The goat last night, Vicente Padilla just shut down the Yankees. Clayton Mortensen got lifted after walking Granderson, allowing a single to Cano and walking Swisher. Padilla then entered and induced consecutive foul pop-outs to Salty to leave the bases loaded, getting back to those stranding ways that marked his season before Friday’s series-opener.
Time to sing. Three more outs for the Yankees.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 4: The gates have been opened, though this time the offense is flowing from the other dugout. Gonzalez doubled, Sweeney tripled into the triangle, Gomez doubled down the left-field line, Ciriaco reached on an error by Nix, and promptly stole third.
Salty ended the inning for the third straight frame, though this time he just bounced into a fielder’s choice.
Mortensen on for the Sox.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4: Andruw Jones cranked one clear over the Sports Authority sign to lead off the inning. Doubront exited in favor of Matt Albers after getting Nix to ground out to third. Albers then struck out the pinch-hitting Chavez looking and made a great play on a Jeter bunt down the third-base line to preserve the lead.
Doubront’s line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 101 pitches, 57 strikes.
Time to stretch.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 3: Pedro Ciriaco comes up huge to give the Sox the lead. With the bases loaded, the shortstop delivers a three-run double down the left-field line past a diving Nix at third, scoring Gonzalez (single), Ross (E-6), and Gomez (single). He and Gomez are a combined 5 for 6 this game.
Boone Logan came on to face Nava, and promptly got him to fly out before walking Punto. With runners on first and second and the count full, Logan bounced a slider in the dirt to walk Papi and juice the bases.
Then Salty struck out for the fourth time tonight. Inning over.
The line on Hughes: 5.1 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Top 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: Yankees get a couple good swings in, but their heart still goes down in order. Teixeira flies out to left, Cano lines out to a perfectly places Ciriaco at short, and Swisher flies out to shallow right.
Sox knocked at the door against Hughes last inning, now have Gonzalez-Ross-Sweeney due up.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: Here come the Sox. Ciriaco moves to 2 for 2 today with a single, advancing on some miscommunication between Granderson and McDonald that resulted in a dropped fly. Punto drove one to deep center that scored Ciriaco. Ortiz followed up with a single to put runners on the corners, but Salty struck out for the third time tonight. Still, Sox pull within one.
Top 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Darnell gets rung up on a 94-mph fastball, Jeter grounds out to Ciriaco (who has seven assists so far tonight), and Granderson goes down swinging on a 78-mph curveball. Doubront has found his form. Save that Tex homer, no ball has left the infield, discounting Martin’s double that glanced off Gomez’s glove.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: After Salty struck out for the second time tonight, Gonzalez banged a double off the Monster in left. Ross then grounded out to deep third and Sweeney bounced out to second.
Top 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Ciriaco’s atoning for his 0 for 4 performance in the day game with a phenomenal backhanded stop in the hole to gun out Swisher, who walked on four pitches, at second. Doubront strikes out Martin looking to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Sox get on the board with some help from the young guys. Gomez doubles into the left-center gap and Ciriaco lays down a perfect bunt. Nava grounded into a double play, but the run scored. Punto then doubled off the Monster, and Ortiz got a good piece but lined out to left.
Top 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Solid inning for Doubront. Granderson strikes out, and both Teixeira and Cano ground out. After that disastrous first inning, Doubront seems to have settled down.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Some nice defense from Jones in left robs Ryan Sweeney of a hit, and ends the inning after Salty struck out, Gonzalez flew out to left and Ross walked.
Top 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: After a groundout to shortstop — the fourth straight out recorded that way — Martin doubled off a leaping Gomez’s glove, snapping a career-high 0 for 30 stretch, and advanced to third on a passed ball. Familiar face Darnell McDonald struck out swinging and Doubront got Jeter fishing on a 3-2 changeup to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: For a second, the Sox appeared on the precipice of striking back. Nava singled and Punto got solid contact on a couple of foul balls. But Cano made a nice play at second for a double play. Papi then grounded out into the shift to end the inning.
Top 1st: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: The first-inning woes continue. Gomez, out of position at third base, boots a groundball then throws it away, allowing Jeter to reach second on the rare two-error play. Granderson then reached on a bunt single to Gomez, and Teixeira unloaded on a changeup to deep center.
Three groundouts to Ciriaco at short later, and we’re out of the inning with another Yankees lead.
Pregame: We’re back for the nightcap of today’s twinbill, as Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.42 ERA) takes the mound for the Sox to stop the bleeding. The Yankees send Phil Hughes (9-6, 4.29 ERA) to the bump with a chance to win the series outright tonight.
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