Game over Dustin Pedroia singled up the middle against Mariano Rivera, his first career hit off the iconic reliever. David Ortiz also singled passed first base, but with one out, Rivera struck out Mike Napoli and then got Stephen Drew to roll out to Rivera for the final out. The game was played in 2:53 before 45,141.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1 – Mortensen has his slide ball working in a 1-2-3 inning. Mariano comes on for the Yanks.
Top 8th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1 – Red Sox down 1-2-3. Poor Daniel Nava replacing Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot went 0-for-4, three strikeouts and a GIDP.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1– Yankees tack on on Brett Gardner’s single scoring Ichiro. Chris Stewart also singled in the inning, an infield nubber toward third. Andrew Miller avoids further damage with a strikeout of Cano.
Top 7th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 – Mike Napoli doubled to right scoring Dustin Pedroia, who led off the inning with a double. Sabathia settled back down striking out Drew and gettign Ross to ground out to second base.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0 – The Yankees managed a walk to Robinson Cano, but Lester secured three straight outs. We’ll see if he comes back out for the 7th, well over 100 pitches.
Top 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0 – Jonny Gomes knocked into a double-play to take Boston out of an inning.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0 – The Yankees tacked on an additional run when Adams was hit with a pitch, Chris Stewart walked and the run scored with a single by Youkilis. Nava gunned Youkilis down at second.
Top 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – Sabathia struck out Drew, Ross and Bradley.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – Lester got three ground ball outs by Teixeira, Wells, Nix.
Top 4th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – So far looks like Sabathia has fully recovered from his last outing vs. Tampa Bay when he allowed seven runs on right hits over seven innings. The Red Sox went down in order and finished it off with a Napoli strikeout.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – An easy inning for Lester who struck out Robinson Cano looking to end the frame.
Top 3rd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – Jose Iglesias continued his Yankee-killing ways with a single, but he was part of 5-4-3 double-play by Daniel Nava. Iglesias seemd to roll his ankle running to first on his basehit, but was still in the game.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0 – Walks will kill you. Lester walked leadoff man Mark Teixeira in his first at-bat of 2013. Vernon wells doubled over centerfielder Jackie Bradley’s head, sending Tex to third. Jayson Nix singled in Tex. After Dave Adams struck out, Ichiro Suzuki stroked a single to left, scoring Wells before Lester got Chris Stewart to knock into a double-play.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – David Ross provided a two-out double down the left field line, but Jackie Bradley Jr.couldn’t drive in the run.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Jon Lester walked leadoff man Brett Gardner, but then a series of events went Boston’s way. Gardner was caught stealing as Kevin Youkilis was striking out on a 3-2 pitch. Robinson Cano grounded out to 3rd.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – CC Sabathia struck out the first two batters he faced – Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes – before Dustin Pedroia laced a ground-rule double to right. But David Ortiz flew out to end the threat.