Yankees - 001 004 000 - 5 6 0 Red Sox - 002 023 02x - 9 12 1Boston came out on top in a see-saw battle for the lead in the fifth and sixth innings. Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run homer (#24) to left-center off Boone Logan was the decisive blow.
The Red Sox (83-52) improved to 11-3 against the Yankees this season and increased their AL East lead to 1.5 games. Every batter in the Boston lineup had at least one hit.
New York took a 1-0 lead in the third, but Boston answered right away with two runs. And David Ortiz's two-run dong (#28) to dead center increased the Sox's lead to 4-1 in the fifth.
Beckett (7-6-5-3-8, 111) started the sixth by hitting Mark Teixeira in the foot. Horseface took second on a wild pitch and scored on Robinson Cano's double. Nick Swisher walked, and Eric Chavez doubled home two more runs to tie the game. Edward Nunez's sac fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hughes (5.2-8-6-2-4, 100) walked Josh Reddick with one out. Jason Varitek's double tied the score; and one out later, Ellsbury cranked his 24th dong. Varitek went deep (#10) against Luis Ayala for two more runs in the eighth, giving the Cactain* three RBI for the evening.
*: A merger of Cactus and Captain. (Thanks, Tim!)
After Daniel Bard retired the side in order in the eighth, Jonathan Papelbon did the same in the ninth, striking out two batters despite throwing only seven pitches.
Since July 17, Papelbon has faced 54 batters; only three of them have reached base. In 17 games, he has pitched 17 innings and allowed three singles, no walks, and no runs, while striking out 20.
Phil Hughes / Josh Beckett
Ellsbury, CFThe Red Sox have signed Joey Gathright. It's a shame Sexy Lips isn't around to enjoy it.
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