Rookie shortstop Pedro Ciriaco lifted the Boston Red Sox to a second straight win over the New York Yankees as his 10th-inning bloop single drove in the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory.
The Red Sox won the final two games in the three-game series at Yankee Stadium thanks to Ciriaco’s late heroics.
Ciriaco, 26, delivered a tie-breaking, run-scoring triple in the ninth inning of Boston’s 8-6 win on July 28. That came after the Yankees’ 10-3 win in the opening game of the series, the first between the Major League Baseball division rivals at Yankee Stadium this season.
Last night, the Yankees erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth inning before the Red Sox regained the lead in the top of the 10th against reliever David Robertson. After Robertson allowed a walk and a single to start the inning, Ciriaco looped a soft single into short right field with one out to score the winning run.
“He got beat on a good pitch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said at a news conference. “That’s going to happen.”
New York fell to 60-41 with the back-to-back losses and now trails the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds -- both 61-40 -- for MLB’s best record. The Yankees still lead the American League East Division by 7 1/2 games over the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox, who evened their record at 51-51, are 9 1/2 games behind.
The Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-10 yesterday as Michael Morse hit a winning two-run double in the 11th inning after tying the game with a two-run home run in the ninth. The Nationals have won eight of their past nine games, while the Brewers have lost nine of 10.
Braves Sweep Phillies
Washington leads the National League Eastern Division by four games over the Atlanta Braves, who yesterday beat the Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay 6-2 to complete a three-game series sweep on the road.
The Reds ran their winning streak to 10 games -- their longest in 10 years -- as Mat Latos allowed two runs over eight innings in a 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Cincinnati pushed its lead atop the NL Central to three games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 9-5 to a Houston Astros team that snapped a 12-game losing skid.
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for first place in the NL West after the Dodgers shut out the Giants 4-0 yesterday behind Clayton Kershaw’s five-hitter.
In a matchup of American League division leaders, the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 as Scott Feldman pitched eight scoreless innings.
The Rangers (59-41) lead the AL West by 4 1/2 games over Oakland, which lost to Baltimore 6-1. The Los Angeles Angels are five games back after a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay in which Zack Greinke was outpitched in his Angels’ debut.
The White Sox (55-46) are 1 1/2 games up on Detroit in the AL Central after the Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.