Game over: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3 – The Red Sox weren’t able to sweep the Yankees despite tying it in the top of the ninth on a Will Middlebrooks home run off Mariano Rivera. The Yankees won it on a wild pitch by Brandon Workman which scored Ichiro Suzuki from third. Ichiro singled with one out, stole second base and went to third on Vernon Wells’ long fly ball to right. The game was played in 3:15.
Top 9th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 3 – Will Middlebrooks homers off Rivera in the 9th on a drive to right that kept drifting into the wind and into the stands.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – The Yankees go out in a strong inning by Jon Lester who finishes strong.
Top 8th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – With the Yankee bullpen in shambles, Joe Girardi is asking Mariano Rivera for a two-out save. First inning OK. Rivera allowed a single to Mike Carp, but struck out two and got Drew on a pop out to end the 8th.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – The Yankees tried to add to their lead. With two outs, Alfonso Soriano singled to left and Robinson Cano also singled to left, but Alex Rodriguez flew out to center to end the threat.
Top 7th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – The Red Sox got singles by Jonny Gomes and Jackie Bradley Jr. off Shawn Kelley, but he managed to get a grouind ball from Dustin Pedroia to wiggle out of the jam.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – Lester throws a 1-2-3 inning as he retires the bottom of the order.
Top 6th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia;s ground ball out scored David ortiz with the second Boston run. Ortiz doubled for the second time in the game. He moved to third on Mike Carp’s ground ball out.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 – A big two-out opposite-field double to left by Robinson Cano have given the Yankees the lead. Tough luck inning for Lester who gave up three bloop hits to Chris Stewart (breaking up a 0-23 slump), Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells. Lester then walked A-Rod to load the bases with two outs. Lester got Mark Reynolds to ground out to short.
Top 5th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 1 – Kuroda gets three outs on the Red Sox, but Kuroda is now at 105 pitches. Looks like the Yankees need to get one more inning out of Kuroda.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 1 – With two outs, Alex Rodriguez singled to center and Mark Reynolds hit one over Jackie Bradley’s head in center to score A-Rod from first.
Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 – A two-out single by Will Middebrooks and a passed ball advancing him to second was as far as he got as Kuroda has begun to settle in.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 – After a walk to Chris Stewart, Lester rebounds and gets an inning-ending Vernon Wells double play ball.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 – Kuroda spots the Red Sox a single (Gomes), but then takes care of business on Pedroia, Ortiz and Carp.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 – Jon Lester allowed singles to Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez but then retired the next three batters, the final two, Granderson and Nunez, on strikeouts. Mark Reynolds tried to sacrifice butn the runners along, but popped out to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0 – Kuroda stranded the bases loaded, but the good news for the Red Sox is that he had to throw a lot of pitches (37) in a very tedious inning. He’s thrown 51 through two. David Ortiz, who was agitated by a Yankee parking lot attendant who wouldn’t let him park his car where he wanted, doubled to right and scored on Mike Carp’s double to right. Kuroda then loaded the bases with a pair of walks before getting Nava to ground out to second to ebd the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Interesting that Ichiro attempted a bunt against Lester testing the lefty who at times has had problems making the short throw to first, he underhanded this one and made the out. Lester pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Hiroki Kurdoa had a horrible August, losing four out of six where he was 1-4 with a 5.21 ERA so he was seeking a turnaround game. He retired Boston in order in the first and even threw a pitch behind Daniel Nava, who is today’s leadoff hitter. The Yankees have never retaliated for the A-Rod/Dempster incident. Was that it?