Game over: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Mariano Rivera, who came in to a standing ovation, picked up his 31st save. Game time: 3:12 before 37,601, the largest crowd of the season.
Middle of the 9th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2: Facing Drake Britton in his MLB debut, Cano drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Here comes Mariano Rivera.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: Thornton and Pedro Beato handled the Yankees.
Then came some weirdness against David Robertson. Nava singled with one out. Pedroia then fouled out to the catcher, Stewart. He caught the ball at the stands and fell in a bit. Nava tried to tag up and was thrown out at second. With David Ortiz coming up, that’s a bad risk.
Top of the 8th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: No quit in these Sox. Ortiz singled and went to third when Carp doubled. Gomes’ sacrifice fly scored Ortiz, who ran through the stop sign of third base coach Brian Butterfield.
Carp went to third when Salty grounded out and scored on a wild pitch. Drew walked to extend the inning but Iggy lined out to second after a six-pitch at-bat.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0: The wheels have come a bit here. Nunez (3 for 3) doubled to start the inning. With one out, Cruz singled him. When Gardner (3 for 4) singled, Lackey was done for the day.
Matt Thornton came in and for Suzuki to ground into a force at second. But lefties Cano and Overbay had RBI singles.
Thornton is here to match up against lefties in the seventh inning. So, yeah, that’s not too good.
Top of the 7th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Ellsbury reached on a one-out error by Cano. He took second on a wild pitch and third when Nava flied to center. But Pedroia grounded to third to end the inning. Kuroda has thrown only 79 pitches.
Middle of the 6th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Overbay doubled again. But Lackey fanned Wells and Hafner to end the inning. Lackey so far: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. He has thrown 86 pitches.
Top of the 6th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Carp and Gomes led off with singles. Salty struck out. The runners then moved up when Drew grounded out. With Iggy at the plate, Carp tried to score on a wild pitch and was tagged out by Kuroda as Stewart made a nice play to get the ball back to him.
That’s two outs at the plate for the Red Sox today. Kuroda has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings in his last three starts.
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Good defense helped Lackey in the 5th. But he could not escape a run.
Nunez singled, stole second and went to third when Stewart bunted. With the infield un, Cruz grounded to shortstop and Drew threw Nunez out at the plate.
But Cruz moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a single to center by Gardner. Lackey then got Ichico to ground out to end the inning.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Kuroda has retired nine straight since Ortiz’s single in the first inning.
Middle of the 4th: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Lackey allowed a one-out double by Overbay as the ball got over the head of Nava in right field. But Lackey struck out Wells and got Hafner to fly to center to end the inning.
Lackey is at 57 pitches and cruising right along.
Top of the 4th: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Kuroda retired the side in order, striking out Drew and Iglesias (after a 10-pitch AB) along the way.
Middle of the 3rd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: An easy 1-2-3 inning for Lackey.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Lackey allowed a one-out single by Wells, who went to third when Nunez doubled down the line in right with two outs. Lackey got Stewart to ground to shortstop to end the inning.
The Sox went in order against Kuroda.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Gardner reached on an infield hit before Suzuki lined into a double play. Iglesias, playing third, grabbed the ball and snapped it to first base just in time. Cano then struck out.
The Sox missed a chance to score. Nava was hit by a pitch (for the 11th time, one off the league lead) and went to second on a groundout. Ortiz singled to left and Nava tried to score on Wells. He stumbled going around thing, nearly fell and was thrown out by several feet.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Fenway Park, where the game is being delayed by a threat of rain and won’t start until 4:25 p.m. or so.
It’s Game 2 of Yankees-Sox this weekend with two veterans righthanders on the mound in John Lackey and Hiroki Kuroda. Lackey has a 2.78 ERA and Kuroda a 2.65. They could have been All-Stars.