Shane Victorino had a run-scoring single in the 10th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 9-8 victory at the New York Yankees after closer Mariano Rivera blew his sixth save of the Major League Baseball season.
The Red Sox (85-57), who lead the American League East, are nine games ahead of the third-place Yankees (75-65). The Baltimore Orioles (74-65), who beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 last night, are one-half game behind New York in fourth place.
The Red Sox, who took the first game of a four-game series, will meet the Yankees six more times over 10 days as the regular season nears its end on Sept. 29.
The Yankees, trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh, started a six-run inning with Brett Gardner’s run-scoring single at Yankee Stadium. Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano and Curtis Granderson drove in runs before Lyle Overbay’s two-run single gave New York an 8-7 lead.
Stephen Drew tied the game 8-8 in the ninth inning as Rivera allowed one run on two hits to blow his sixth save in 47 opportunities, his most since 2003.
Victorino, who drove in three runs including a solo homer in the fifth inning, hit his winning single off Joba Chamberlain (2-1), who gave up two hits in 2/3 innings before he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Boone Logan closed out the 10th.
Craig Breslow (5-2) struck out two and walked one in two innings for the win. Koji Uehara earned his 18th save, extending his scoreless streak to 26 innings over 23 games.
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