Final: Yankees 7, Red Sox 3: Ciriaco draws a lead-off walk, advanced to second in defensive indifference, and after Ortiz struck out, Punto walked as well. With a chance to get on and bring the tying run to the plate, Ross struck out swinging, as did Salty.
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Top 9th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 3: Aces gives up a leadoff double off the Monster to Cano and nearly another Andruw Jones homer that sailed just foul, but got three straight flyouts to end the inning.
Last licks for the Sox against Soriano.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 3: One, but not enough. Salty and Gomez each walked, and Aviles doubled off the Monster to drive in one and chop the lead to four. Nava then flew out to the track to end the inning.
Top 8th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2: Melancon holds the five-run deficit with two strikeouts and a highlight-reel diving catch by who else but Pedro Ciriaco. David Robertson remains in the game for the Yankees with Ross-Salty-Sweeney due up.
Time to sing, because rules dictate we must.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2: With Cody Eppley on in relief, Aviles drew a four-pitch walk and Nava got a free pass after working the count full. Ciriaco reached on a fielder’s choice, then the lefty Clay Rapada came on to face Papi, and got him to strike out.
Playing the righty-righty matchup, David Robertson came on and got Punto to line out to short.
Top 7th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2: Andruw Jones tomahawked a high Atchison fastball atop the Monster, scoring Swisher, who doubled. Atchison was lifted for Mark Melancon, who struck out Nix and got Stewart to fly out to center.
Damage has been done.
Time to stretch, because rules dictate we must.
Nova done. His line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 111 pitches, 73 strikes.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Nova strikes out Salty (curveball) and Gomez (slider), both swinging, and in between gets Sweeney to fly out to left. Nothing doing for the Sox, but Nova is likely done after running his pitch count up to 111.
Top 6th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Sox have two double-play chances that inning but can’t convert either. Jeter led off with a single, his third hit of the night, and both Granderson and Teixeira beat out the ensuing throws to first. A-Rod blasted one to center, but the wind kept it down and Atchison got out of the inning.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: The magic continues for Ciriaco with a single up the middle, but Ortiz grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. Punto reached on a sharp single hit off Teixeira’s leg, but Ross struck out on a low curveball.
Top 5th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Scary moment for the Sox as Sweeney went barreling into the triangle wall face-first on a deep A-Rod fly. He stayed down for some time, but remained in the game. A-Rod ended up tripling, scoring Teixeira, who singled. Lester then struck out Cano on a cutter, walked Swisher and gave up an RBI single to Jones, ending his night with a slow walk off the mound and some sparse booing.
Scott Atchison came on, striking out Nix looking on a fastball, and got Stewart to fly out to center on a nice catch by Sweeney, who got a late jump on the ball.
Lester’s line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 101 pitches, 56 strikes.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: Gomez and Aviles are turning in fairly identical nights. Both struck out on sliders in the second, and both popped out to second this inning. Nava then whiffed on an 81-mph curve. Nova has six strikeouts so far, three on curveballs, two on sliders and one on a fastball.
Top 4th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: Lester gets his turn aboard the Strikeout-the-Side Ride. Stewart goes down swinging on a 91-mph fastball, and Jeter and Granderson are both caught looking at cutters.
Lester is at 81 pitches through 4 innings.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: Sox get another back, but leave the bases juiced and runs on the table. Ciriaco reached on a single and scored on an Ortiz double to the left-center wall. With one out, Punto (single) and Ross (walk) both reached, but Salty got caught looking on a fastball and Sweeney bounced out to first.
Update: Gonzalez left the game due to illness, the Sox announced. That ends his 18-game hitting streak.
Top 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Adrian Gonzalez exited the game. No word on why yet. Nick Punton in at third base, and Gomez moves to first. NESN’s Didier Morais reported pregame that Gonzalez was battling a cold. Feel free to craft a heat-related pun at your leisure. Will update you as information becomes available.
As far as the inning goes, Cano grounded out, Swisher reached on a single, Jones popped out to short, and Nix bounced out to Gomez.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Nova strikes out the side. Sweeney goes down looking on an 80-mph curve, and both Gomez and Aviles chase sliders away.
Top 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Yankees back up by two after Nix doubled into the left-center gap, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stewart.
Jeter hit his second single of the night and Granderson got plunked in the back on an errant sinker. But Lester got out of the jam, striking Teixeira out looking and getting A-Rod to fly out to right, both on cutters.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 2, Red Sox 1: Pedro Ciriaco strikes again. In his third game up from Triple A Pawtucket, he singled up the middle and stole second. Stewart’s throw beat him there, but Jeter missed the tag.
Big Papi then walked on a nine-pitch at bat, Gonzalez struck out swinging, Jeter dropped a sky-high popup from Ross that allowed Ciriaco to score. Salty bounced out to second to end the inning, but the Sox are on the board.
Top 1st: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0: Well, this seems oddly familiar. Jeter and Granderson reach on consecutive singles, and Teixeira rips a double down the left-field line, scoring Jeter, his 1,816th career run, tying him with Carl Yastrzemski for 16th on the all-time list. After A-Rod popped out to first, Lester walked Cano to load the bases.
Swisher then sent a bouncing, tailor-made double play ball to Gomez, who stepped on third and threw a two-hopper that Gonzalez couldn’t handle. Jones then struck out on an 86-mph changeup with runners on first and second.
So in four first innings this series, the Yankees have scored the following number of runs: 5, 4, 3, 2.
Pregame: The Sox can salvage a series split tonight on national television when they send Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33 ERA) to the mound against the Yankees and righty Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05).
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