American League Game Summary - New York at Boston|
(Tuesday, September 11th)
Final Score: Boston 4, New York 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - While the New York Yankees are desperately
trying to reach the postseason, Boston's motivation is only the rival on the
other side of the diamond.
That was plenty good enough on Tuesday at Fenway.
Jacoby Ellsbury's fourth hit of the game, a solid single to right, plated
Pedro Ciriaco with the winning run in the ninth, as Boston edged the Yankees,
4-3, in the first contest of a three-game set.
"It's a great feeling," Ellsbury said. "We just want to keep putting on that
show for the rest of the season with the games we have left."
Dustin Pedroia finished with three hits, including a solo home run, and two
runs batted in, while Ciriaco posted two hits and scored twice for Boston,
which had dropped four straight coming into the contest.
Jon Lester labored through 5 1/3 frames, throwing just 55 of his 102 pitches
for strikes, walking seven and giving up three runs and five hits. Andrew
Bailey (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Nick Swisher finished with two hits and Derek Jeter drove in two runs for the
Yankees, who dropped into a tie for the American League East lead with
Baltimore, which downed Tampa Bay, 9-2, earlier on Tuesday.
"We have to try to string together some wins," Jeter said. "If you keep
winning and losing, winning and losing and the other team's doing the same,
they're going to gain ground on you."
Hiroki Kuroda gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 frames, but David
Robertson (1-7) lost it in the ninth, giving up the winning run after pitching
a scoreless eighth. He moved his way through the eighth, striking out the side
before running into immediate trouble in the ninth.
Ciriaco singled with one out and moved to second when Mike Aviles rolled an
infield single to deep shortstop. Ellsbury followed with the base hit to
right, and Ichiro Suzuki's one-hop throw home was just behind the sliding
Ciriaco to end the game.
The Yankees struck first, getting their first two runners on base with Jeter's
walk and Swisher's double. After an Alex Rodriguez groundout, Robinson Cano's
roller to first plated Jeter for the game's first run.
After the Red Sox escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the third, they
used the momentum to seize the lead in the home half. Ciriaco doubled to left
and moved to third on a groundout before Ellsbury knocked him in with a single
He then manufactured a run by stealing second and racing home on Pedroia's
Lester kept dodging bullets until it finally caught up with him in the sixth.
He walked Curtis Granderson and gave up a single to Andruw Jones before Jayson
Nix sacrificed both runners up one base. Jeter's ground-rule double gave the
Red Sox the lead and chased Lester.
Pedroia's solo home run over the Green Monster in left tied the game in the
bottom of the frame, and Boston had a chance to take the advantage in the next
inning, but Joba Chamerlain got Daniel Nava to ground into a force out with
runners on the corners to end the threat.
The Yankees have alternated wins and losses in their last six games ...
Pedroia's home run was his 15th of the season ... The Yankees hold an 8-5 edge
in the season series.
09/12 02:00:17 ET