We got bonus baseball in the Bronx Sunday night, but the Red Sox scraped together another late-inning win to take the series. Pedro Ciriaco plays hero again, this time punching an RBI single into right field in the top of the 10th. After blowing the four-out save, Aceves picks up the win. Felix Doubront pitched very well, Russell Martin continued to tear up Sox pitching, and Bobby Valnetine and Josh Beckett got ejected.
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Bottom 10th and Final: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Aceves closes it out. Sweeney went into the stands to snag a Teixeira foul pop-up, Cano grounded to second and, after Swisher got hit and Pena pinch-ran for him, the pinch-hitting Ibanez battled through a nine-pitch at bat, ultimately striking out swinging on a curveball.
Aceves pumped his fists on the mound, and the Sox — those left, anyway — bounded out of the dugout.
Top 10th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Well, that was interesting and weird all rolled into one, but the Sox get the job done, thanks to who else but Pedro Ciriaco.
Try to keep up: Saltalamacchia walked. Middlebrooks squared to bunt, and got drilled on the hand, crumpling to the ground in pain. The umpires decided it hit his bat. After a lengthy discussion, tempers escalated, and Valentine got ejected. Josh Beckett also got ejected after jawing at the third base umpire from the dugout. After all that, Middlebrooks singled to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Sweeney then bounced into a fielder’s choice, putting runners on the corners. Ciriaco hit a first-pitch flare off the hands into shallow right for the RBI single.
Ellsbury grounded into an inning-ending double play. Aceves is back on with the heart of New York’s order due up.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2: Aceves pitched a perfect ninth, and we’re headed to extras. Chavez went down swinging on a cutter, Jeter grounded to Middlebrooks, and Granderson nearly walked off, but flew out to deep right.
Top 9th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2: This time, Soriano gets the job done. After hitting Crawford, who never made a break for second in the inning, Pedroia made good contact but flew out to center, Gonzalez popped to Jeter, and Ross grounded to first.
Headed to the bottom of the ninth. Aceves still on the mound. Chavez (pinch-hitting for Nix)-Jeter-Granderson due up for New York.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2: Andrew Miller held it down in relief, until Jones laced a high fastball down the left-field line for a two-out double. Before that, Middlebrooks made a backhanded stop and threw Cano out on a bang-bang play at first, and Swisher froze on a backdoor slider.
Valentine summoned Alfredo Aceves for the four-out save, and the righty gave up the tying single up the middle to Martin on the first pitch. Martin moved to second on a wild — real wild — pitch, but Ichiro lined to left.
Just like last night, the Yankees tie things in the eighth. And, just like last night, Soriano comes in from the bullpen.
Crawford-Pedroia-Gonzalez due up for the Sox.
Top 8th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1: Kuroda went back out for the eighth and made quick work of Sweeney (pop-up), Ciriaco (groundout), and Ellsbury (lineout).
Miller is back out for the eighth with Cano, Swisher, and Jones due up.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1: Big inning for the Sox, and two huge outs for Andrew Miller in relief against New York’s biggest power hitters.
The Yankees chopped the lead in half after Martin found the short right-field porch.
Ichiro beat out a swinging bunt to third, drawing a mound visit from Bob McClure, and after a couple of failed bunt attempts, Nix struck out swinging on a high fastball.
With Matt Albers on to face Jeter (2 for 18 lifetime against the righthander entering), Ichiro promptly stole second on the first pitch to move into scoring position. Jeter then singled to right, but Ichiro held at third as Sweeney fired a bullet to the plate.
Miller was summoned to face Granderson, and induced a shallow popup to left field, not deep enough to allow Ichiro to tag, not enough of a challenge for Crawford’s recovering elbow either
After another mound visit, Miller remained in the game and got Teixeira to ground to Pedroia on the first pitch. Sox bullpen does its job.
Doubront’s final line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 109 pitches, 68 strikes.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Ross led off with a single to shallow left, and nearly broke up Saltalamacchia’s double-play ball with a hard slide into second, but Cano made the throw in time. The Sox have hit into four double plays in the past five innings.
Middlebrooks whiffed on a slider to end the inning.
Time to stretch. Doubront still on the mound.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: For as much as he’s walked the bottom of New York’s order, Doubront has owned the top. He got Teixeira swinging on a curveball, and has struck out Jeter, Granderson, and Tex five times tonight. Cano also whiffed on a 93-m.p.h. fastball.
Swisher, the only Yankee with a hit tonight, notched his second single, but Jones popped to Pedroia.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: The top of the order, relatively quiet throughout the series, got things going this inning. Ellsbury led off with a double, and Crawford singled when Jeter was unable to handle his sharp liner. Pedroia crushed a fastball to left just short of the wall, moving Ellsbury to third, but Gonzalez grounded out into a double play, stranding runners on the corners.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Doubront, who threw 107 pitches his last outing, is up to 82 after a perfect fifth, getting Nix to fly out to the warning track in right, Jeter to strike out on a changeup that plummeted out of the zone, and Granderson to chase a high fastball.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Sox go down in order as Kuroda faces the minimum for the third straight inning. Middlebrooks grounded to third, Sweeney grounded to first, and Ciriaco struck out swinging on an 85-m.p.h. slider.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Doubront notched his first strikeout since the opening frame, getting Swisher swinging on a high 95-m.p.h. fastball, but walked his fourth and fifth batters tonight — four of those are in the bottom four hitters of New York’s order — to put runners on second and third. With Ichiro up after a mound visit, Doubront coaxed a week infield popup.
He has thrown 71 pitches through four innings.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Gonzalez is now hitting .400 since the All-Star break after lining a single past the shift, but Ross promptly grounded back to Kuroda to start a double play. Saltalamacchia lined to Cano to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Nix drew a lead-off, full-count walk, but Jeter grounded into a double play on the next pitch. After Granderson walked, the third free pass Doubront has issued in as many innings, Teixeira laced a hard liner to Crawford, who never had to move.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Ellsbury reached on an infield single to short, Crawford saw a few more pitches this time around and barely beat out a double-play grounder, but Pedroia was not as lucky, grounding into an inning-ending 5-4-3.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: After Cano led with a flyout to center, Swisher welcomed himself back to the Yankees lineup with a single, but got thrown out at second on a great diving stop by Ciriaco on Jones’s fielder’s choice. Martin walked, and Ichiro grounded to second as Doubront stranded two runners.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Kuroda got every other batter out this inning, and it resulted in the Sox getting on the board first. Easy to break down.
Those who reached: Gonzalez grounded a seeing-eye single past Nix at third; Saltalamacchia walked; Sweeney laced a two-RBI double into the left-center gap.
Those who got out: Ross and Middlebrooks struck out swinging on sliders. Ciriaco stranded Sweeney at second with a weak grounder to first.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Kuroda worked quicker, but Doubront was equally as dominant. He got Jeter looking on a perfectly placed outside fastball, struck out Granderson swinging on a cutter, and got Teixeira to fly to right on the second pitch.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Perfect start for Kuroda, and a five-pitch first. Ellsbury flied out to center, Crawford bounced weakly to third on the first pitch, and Pedroia grounded to short on a nice play from Jeter and an even nicer backhanded pick from Teixeira at first.
Pregame: With some ninth-inning resiliency and a misplayed ball from Curtis Granderson, the Sox took Saturday night’s rain-delayed game at Yankee Stadium, 8-6, after Mark Teixeira smacked a game-tying homer off friend (just kidding) Vicente Padilla.
In Sunday night’s primetime rubber match, Felix Doubront gets the start for Boston (10-5, 4.54 ERA), while the Yankees counter with Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.34 ERA). First pitch is at 8 p.m. First comment is now. Go forth, discuss, and enjoy.