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Yankees outlast Red Sox to claim series in Fenway

Aug 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT

Yankees' Rodriguez celebrates his solo home run against Red Sox's Dempster in the sixth inning of their MLB American League Baseball game in Boston Reuters

This one had a little bit of everything packed into a crisp four hours and 12 minutes.

- After Boston grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch to open the second. It was at least Dempster’s second attempt to hit him, but the plunking didn’t get Dempster ejected. It did result in warnings for both sides and an early exit for a furious Joe Girardi.

- The Yankees rallied to tie the game after the HBP and then took the lead in the third on an RBI groundout from A-Rod. That lead lasted about 10 minutes, as David Ortiz delivered an RBI groundout of his own in the bottom of the third.

- In the fourth, the Red Sox executed some perfect small-ball after a Jarrod Saltalamacchia leadoff double. Daniel Nava advanced him with a bunt, and Stephen Drew plated him with a fly to left. All of which was rendered pretty moot when Will Middlebrooks followed with an opposite-field homer, making it 5-3.

- In the fifth, with everyone still wondering when CC Sabathia might retaliate for the earlier incident, he blew his last good chance by giving up a double to David Ortiz with Dustin Pedroia on first. He later intentionally walked Saltalamacchia after a 3-0 count. With the bases loaded, he walked Daniel Nava, scoring the sixth Boston run.

- The Red Sox, not satisfied with five unhorrible innings for Dempster, pressed their luck. Which is something that tends to happen when a team has only three reliable relievers, all of whom pitched the day before. Dempster gave up a leadoff homer to A-Rod and still the Red Sox stayed with him. He was finally pulled with the bases loaded, and rookie Drake Britton surrendered a triple to Brett Gardner. 7-6 Yankees.

- The Yankees, too, kept their starter in for some ungodly reason, yet it didn’t bite them. Sabathia walked Middlebrooks to start the bottom of the sixth, but he bounced back with a strikeout of Jacoby Ellsbury before being removed. Shawn Kelley came in and got two right-handers to end the inning.

- That was it for most of the excitement in what turned out to be a 9-6 Yankees win. We did see three HBPs after the warnings were issued, none of which resulted in ejections. We saw umpire Brian O’Nora get hit in the throat by a fastball that Chris Stewart flat-out missed, stumble around for a couple of minutes and then stay in the game. We saw the Red Sox get two men on in the bottom of the ninth against Mariano Rivera, who was riding a streak of three straight blown saves, only to have the game end on a lineout to left from Salty.

The story here will be A-Rod, A-Rod, A-Rod. Yet this came down to a battle of the bullpens, and the Yankees won it. Absent Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Miller and Matt Thornton (and Daniel Bard, too, if you’d like), the Red Sox are short of guys they can trust, and manager John Farrell decided to use all three of his those guys (Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow) to protect a five-run lead on Saturday. The Yankees had all of their guys available, and their four relievers combined to allowed two hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Boston’s five relievers allowed two runs, three inherited runs and eight hits in those same 3 2/3 innings.

As for Rodriguez, it was definitely his best game since his return; he collected three hits for the first time and hit his second homer. The Yankees are 7-5 with him in the lineup. Sabathia improved to 11-10 despite giving up six runs and walking five. Dempster fell to 6-9, though the Red Sox had won each of his last six starts (Dempster went 1-0 with five no-decisions in the span).

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Terrible stretch of games for the Sox. They’re gonna lose first place by the end of the week, and it’s their own damned fault.

  2. thebadguyswon - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Good stuff.

  3. jjschiller - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I didn’t think it was possible, but the Red Sox managed to make me root for the Yankees tonight.

    Normally when I watch Red Sox-Yankees, all I have to root for is that the game goes 29 innings and ruins both of their bullpens. So that was a nice change, I guess.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Both starting pitchers stunk. It would take a minor miracle for the Yankees to make the playoffs with this team; however, I suspect that most Yankee fans would be satisfied if the Red Sox continued their current swoon and failed to make the playoffs.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      now I want the playoffs and a long playoff run at that, I want as much publicity for
      A-Rod and I hope he gets another 11 homeruns too, so he can pick up that 6mil. bonus.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Its going to take a major miracle for the jays to finish at .500!!! Talk about a terrible team!!!

  5. rtroy23 - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Baaahston fans must be wicked pissed since Arod went yaaad on dumpster

  6. nbjays - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    I must say I was sort of torn by that game. It sucks to watch a Bosox-Yankees game when you want both teams to lose and you know that one of them has to win. :-)

  7. jachaiss - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    There are only a handful of pitchers in Boston that Red Sox fans feel safe pitching. Dempster is not one of those, the biggest issue is lack of run support from the offense. The small ball was great, they just need to get there consistently.

    • Glenn - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Small ball great? The Red Sox gave up an out to move a runner from 2nd to 3rd with no outs. That makes no sense on any level. Then the runner would have scored on the homer anyway. No way of knowing if or how many runs the Red Sox sacrificed with their small ball, but it surely gained them none in this case. How can Farrell not know by now that bunting, especially by a good hitter early in the game, is a waste of an out and bad baseball?

  8. banger60 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Dempster, that’s how you motivate the other team, moron!

  9. yahmule - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    No amount of success could ever make Red Sox fans stop feeling inferior to the Yankees. How pathetic was it when Boston area sport fans chanted “Yankees suck” at championship celebrations for the Patriots and Celtics?

    • nbjays - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      By contrast, no amount of failure could ever make the Yankee fans stop feeling superior, even though they can act as bad or worse than any fans in the game. If this A-Rod saga has shown anything, it has highlighted just how petty an organization the Yankee front office can be. If that is what you are proud of as a fan, I feel sorry for you.

      • yahmule - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        I think the Yankees are assholes, too. I just find Boston’s farcical underdog mentality far more grating.

  10. kbazzel - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Did anyone catch the Sabathia ball four fastball that stewart let pass into the neck of the ump? The game polices itself!

    • Glenn - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      That did look really suspicious. I would guess that most major league catchers would catch a straight fastball just over their head. I don’t think Stewart even touched the ball.

  11. gibbskins9 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I don’t like A-rod and I think he is guilty but that was a bush league move by Dempster this guy is an average pitcher at best and had the chance to hit Nelson Cruz but didn’t I just hope Big Papi’s wrist survives the next Yankee series.

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