Sep 27, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT
Both clubs won for the 90th time this season.
The Yankees went with their regular lineup, minus only Derek Jeter, and all of their best relievers in this one, but they couldn’t best Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays relief corps. They had their big chance in the sixth when Russell Martin, who hit a solo homer earlier, hit into a 5-4-3 triple play with the bases loaded, killing the rally. That was the end of the night for Hellickson, and the bullpen put up three zeroes from there.
Like the Rays, the Red Sox did all of their damage on homers. Ellsbury hit the first, a two-run shot off Zach Britton in the third. Lavarnway followed with a three-run blast off Britton in the fourth. Marco Scutaro made it 7-3 Boston with a two-run shot of his own in the sixth, and Lavarnway hit his second, a solo shot, in the eighth.
Less encouraging for Boston was Erik Bedard‘s shaky outing. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs. Fortunately, the invaluable Alfredo Aceves picked the Red Sox up with 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
The eighth and ninth brought more trouble. Daniel Bard gave up two runs in the former, and Jonathan Papelbon, who seemed less than overpowering in this one after throwing 2 1/3 innings Sunday, allowed a run in the ninth before getting Adam Jones to ground out to end it.
The Red Sox and Rays are now set for a one-game playoff on Thursday if they both post the same result in Wednesday’s finales. Boston will send Jon Lester to the mound on short rest. He’ll be opposed by Baltimore’s Alfredo Simon. The Yankees are expected to throw a variety of relievers against the Rays, while Tampa Bay will have David Price on the mound.
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