The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox still have six games remaining against each other, but Boston’s 10th-inning victory Sunday gives the Sawx a 10-2 series lead and assures that, for the first time since 2004, the Red Sox will win the season series against New York.
Mariano Rivera was three outs from a victory that would have put the Yankees a game ahead of the Sox in the American League East, but, with a 2-1 lead, he couldn’t close it out. “It was the pitch I wanted, but I can’t blame nothing but myself,” Rivera said. Marco Scutaro hit that pitch off the Green Monster. Jacoby Ellsbury bunted Scutaro to third and Scutaro scored on a fly ball by Dustin Pedroia. “I didn’t get it done.”
Instead, Josh Reddick did.
Phil Hughes came on to pitch the 10th and it took the Red Sox all of 13 pitches to take a 3-2 lead. David Ortiz started things with a one-out double against Hughes. Darnell McDonald came in to run and the Yankees walked Carl Crawford. Reddick, playing a solid two-way game, then hit a liner into the corner, driving in McDonald. Daniel Bard (2-5) closed out the win in the 10th.
Next for the Red Sox is a grueling 14-of-17 games on the road. As for the Yankees, Derek Jeter is day-to-day after leaving the game with a bruised finger. Jorge Posada was benched before the game. Alex Rodriguez returns mid-month and reportedly will not be suspended for his poker-playing proclivities. And Rivera regroups.
“We’re going to see how this works,” Manager Joe Girardi said of Posada. When the catcher was dropped to ninth in the lineup against the Red Sox earlier this summer, he asked out of the lineup and apologized the next day. None of that this time.
“It’s very disappointing. You want to be out there,” Posada said. “But right now it's about winning ballgames. [Girardi] told me he wants to put the best lineup out there.”