Pedro Ciriaco tripled to drive in the deciding run in the ninth inning of the Boston Red Sox’s 8-6 win over the New York Yankees, who fell into a tie for best record in Major League Baseball.
Ciriaco went on to score an insurance run on Dustin Pedroia’s sacrifice fly off Rafael Soriano (2-1) who took the loss last night after a two-hour rain delay at Yankee Stadium.
Ciriaco said he kept running even though he expected Yankee centerfielder Curtis Granderson to catch his fly ball. Granderson missed the catch and the ball landed for a triple.
“I thought I had a chance, so I run like a hurricane,” Ciriaco told reporters.
The Red Sox and Yankees play the final game of the series today after splitting the first two.
Will Middlebrooks doubled in two runs after a run-scoring double by Adrian Gonzalez in the first, to give the Red Sox a 3-0 advantage. Gonzalez added a three-run homer in the fifth as the Red Sox took a 6-1 lead off Yankee starter C.C. Sabathia, who was relieved after six innings.
“We were good tonight, and we were lucky,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said of Gonzalez. “He hit that ball, a knuckleball, 380 feet. It’s tough to catch. He’s pretty hot right now, so I’d say he was good and we were lucky.”
Chris Stewart hit a solo home run in the third inning for the Yankees, who got two-run homers from Jayson Nix in the fifth and Mark Teixeira in the eighth to tie the score at 6-6.
Andrew Miller (3-1) pitched a perfect one-third inning for the win, while Alfredo Aceves struck out one batter in the ninth to get his 22nd save.
The Yankees at 60-40 are tied with the National League’s Washington Nationals for the best record in the majors. The Red Sox are in last place in the five-team American League East, 10 ½ games behind the Yankees.