The Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the rival New York Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings to move into first place in the American League Eastern Division.
The Red Sox scored the tying run off Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning and then won the series finale on a run-scoring single by Josh Reddick in the 10th at Fenway Park last night.
David Ortiz started Boston’s 10th-inning rally with a one-out double off Phil Hughes, the Yankees’ seventh pitcher. After Carl Crawford was intentionally walked, Reddick ripped a hit into the left field corner to score pinch-runner Darnell McDonald with the winning run.
“I was expecting that, luckily I got a good pitch to handle,” Reddick, who had been 0-for-4, said of the intentional walk to Crawford. “You’ve got to make the best of your opportunity, keep riding this wave as long as you can and hopefully I can keep helping this ballclub win.”
The Red Sox won two of three games in the series and have 10 wins in their 12 meetings against the Yankees this season.
Boston improved to 70-43 and took a one-game lead in the division over New York, which fell to 69-44.
Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who led 2-1 before Rivera blew the save in the ninth. Marco Scutaro hit a leadoff double off Rivera and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia.
Phillies’ Streak Ends
The San Francisco Giants and Tim Lincecum beat Philadelphia 3-1 yesterday to snap the Phillies’ nine-game winning streak. The Giants had lost the first three games of the series, which was a rematch of last year’s National League Championship Series won by San Francisco.
The Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-5 as Chipper Jones singled in the winning run in the top of the ninth inning. In other NL games, it was St. Louis 8, Florida 4; San Diego 7, Pittsburgh 3; Milwaukee 7, Houston 3; Cincinnati 8, the Chicago Cubs 7; Washington 3, Colorado 2; and Arizona 4, the Los Angeles Dodgers 3.
Elsewhere in the AL, it was Toronto 7, Baltimore 2; Oakland 5, Tampa Bay 4 in 10 innings; the Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota 0; Kansas City 4, Detroit 3; Texas 5, Cleveland 3; and the Los Angeles Angels 2, Seattle 1.