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Red Sox best Mariano Rivera, beat Yankees in 10 innings

Sep 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury scores at home plate as New York Yankees Austin Romine cannot hold the throw in their MLB game in New York Reuters

Call it “Deja Drew.”

After the Red Sox let a five-run lead slip away, things were going all according to plan for the Yankees on Thursday. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth up 8-7, and Mariano Rivera retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth. That’s when things unraveled.

Mike Napoli, who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts lifetime against Rivera, took a two-strike cutter into right-center for a single. September callup Quintin Berry pinch-ran, immediately took off for second and then kept right on going, reaching third when Austin Romine‘s throw went into center field.

Stephen Drew, on the very next pitch, got a cutter left over the plate and drove it over Robinson Cano‘s head, tying the game at 8.

It was eerily reminiscent of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, when the Red Sox used a Kevin Millar walk, a David Roberts steal and then a Bill Mueller single to tie the game off Rivera, kicking off the greatest comeback in MLB history (they were down three games to none and came back to win the series in seven).

The Red Sox went on to win this one off Joba Chamberlain in the 10th after Jacoby Ellsbury singles, stole second and came around to score on a Shane Victorino single. There was some controversy mixed in; Victorino appeared to strike out on the pitch prior to the single, but first-base ump Joe West ruled he checked his swing.

Koji Uehara followed with a flawless bottom of the 10th for his 18th save.

The blown save was Rivera’s sixth in 47 chances this year. That’s his high total since 2003, when he was 40-for-46. His career high for blown saves was nine, from his first year as a closer in 1997.

It wasn’t a particularly well-played four-hour game for the old rivals. The most notable example came in the bottom of the ninth, when Alfonso Soriano stole the Yankees’ sixth base of the game despite being picked off first, only to follow that with a caught stealing of third base when he was again picked off by Craig Breslow.

On the go-ahead run in the 10th, Romine appeared to have a play on Ellsbury at the plate, but he couldn’t handle the bounce throw from Ichiro Suzuki in right field.

Ivan Nova, the AL Pitcher of the Month for August, came out after throwing 96 pitches in four innings. He gave up three runs. Jake Peavy was better, but the Red Sox brought him back out for the seventh at 105 pitches and he allowed back-to-back batters to reach, kicking off a six-run inning that brought the Yankees back from a 7-2 deficit.

  1. doublezero74 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Great win but it should never have been close. Peavy was done after 6 solid innings and 100+ pitches. Farrell opened the door for trouble

    • pastabelly - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I don’t think this says much about the post season and any failings of the Red Sox. Right now, they are using a 5-man rotation and don’t have Buchholz. Once post season rolls around, that brings Dempster and someone else into the bullpen as a bridge to or even after Breslow and Workman before Koji. Thornton should not be a lock for a post season roster spot.

  2. sabatimus - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I’m glad for the win but the pitching just fell apart. In the postseason that’s what’s going to matter most.

    • rje49 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Yes, the relief pitching did fall apart, but haven’t you noticed how the Yankees simply feast on relief pitching?

      • chunkala - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        OMG, I can’t believe you pulled that card. Such hypocrisy if you’re a Sox fan. That’s been Boston’s Modus Operandi for a decade. Baseball Tonight did a whole report on it last year. They outlast the starter and pray that the reliever has a bad day. Look at all the comeback wins they have this year and over the past 10 years. While I agree that NYY are doing the same this year, this truly is pot calling the kettle black.

      • homelanddefense - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Chunk, Im not he was attacking them, just point something out. No need to get the feathers ruffled.

      • mornelithe - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        @Chunk – Yeah, I’m with HomelandD on this one. I’m not sure RJE was attempting to belittle the Yankees with that comment. Boston either leads or is among the top in pitches per plate appearance. I used to think the length of games for the Sox and Yankees was solely the domain of the pitching staff, and while both teams have had slow pitchers in the past. This year, not nearly as much.

        The real factor is how many pitches these guys take. The Sox will more often than not take until 2 strikes, and then fight off anything even close to the plate to try and draw a walk, or force the pitcher to throw something they like. It works _really_ well for them.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I agree, there is no way peavy should have come out for the 7th. Tazawa hasn’t been as reliable with inherited runners, so starting the 7th clean would have made a big difference.

    • plummer2512 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Thornton came on first and stunk up the place. Don’t see anything in him.

  4. drewzducks - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    The Yanks should try to talk their statue of a shortstop into retiring instead of Mo. Pretty safe to say that at his age he’s done. Has zero range and may be the worst #2 hitter in the AL. As bad as Tazawa was tonight any concern of what could have been a brutal late inning loss was alleviated with the emergence Joba Irabu in the 10th as well as that Mensa candidate Soriano’s trip around the bases.

    • psousa1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      It is the elephant in the room. After a great career he can no longer play SS unless the ball is hit within a couple of feet of him. Pedroia got a base hit into what on TV looked like the hole between 3rd and short but looking at it most SS would have made the play on it and thrown out the runner.

  5. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Wow this game was a rollercoaster. I’m a Sox fan and I gotta say that Victorino’s check swing look pretty much like strike 3, but I’m glad Joe West had the final say. Still, the Red Sox had this game under control until they gave it up in the 7th just to take it back later. Why Farrell put Peavy in against Ichiro to open the seventh is beyond me. But yeah a win is a win no matter what so I’ll take it.

  6. bruininnh1984 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    the red sox won in spite of farrel’s 7th inning from hell. sending peavy back out there to walk ichiro and promptly give up a single to wells. then sending thornton out there to have his lunch eaten. and tazawa’s ineffectiveness at getting batters out when he’s up in the count was very frustrating. another thing not talked about a whole lot was the dumbest shift put on against soriano, wtf farrel. he hits it right where pedroia would be playing, in all likelihood would have been an inning-ending double play. don’t get me wrong, i’m glad they won, but that should have been a very frustrating loss.

    • RickyB - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      While the shift was questionable, the pitch selection was idiotic. If you play a drastic shift on a hitter, you better not pitch against your defense. Throwing away to Soriano just made it that much easier for him to hit a ball through a hole 100 feet wide.

    • Glenn - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Farrel seems to be a great manager of people and a clubhouse, but his game management is horrible. He’s generally lock-step with the bullpen, bunts way too much (bunting with runners on 1st and 2nd with a good hitter up in the early innings? The Sox lead the league in runs – don’t give away outs), questionable replacements, and stuff like last night’s game.

  7. badintent - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Ichiro threw a laser ! Bounced throw my butt! The catcher dropped it. The runner was out by 5+ feet easy if the catcher handles the ball . Pathetic way to lose . Joe West is so full of crap. No wonder every year he get bigger and bigger. Freaking Goodyear Blimp. He is pathetic too. Smallest strike zone in the MLB.

  8. theskinsman - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Sweet! I hope for more Red Sox wins/yankee pain.

  9. vipod4ever - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Sox & Yanks = only reason I switch channels when the NFL is on.

  10. mugsymagpie - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Bad Intent, it did bounce I just saw a replay on one of the Boston stations. BTW, Joe West is terrible.

    • paperlions - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      West’s only saving grace is that he makes terrible calls against everyone, so chances are the Yankees will benefit from him making a horrible call some time over the next 3 days, at least once, and probably tomorrow.

      • jwbiii - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Ah, the old Joe Morgan “consistency” argument! The good thing about him is that he is horrible every day!

  11. lazlosother - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    As a NY fan that one was frustrating. Good piece of hitting by Napoli in the 9th. That Victorino guy seems pretty good as well. Time is getting awful short, if NY has any hope at all for a wild card they have to win these types of games. Was it just me, or did Soriano run the bases like Dave Kingman on acid? That was not helpful.

  12. psousa1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I think Joe West will unintentionally give a makeup call because he doesn’t give a crap whether he makes the correct call or not in any game. But then again he could go right ahead and give Boston another call too.

    He has the plate tonight so both teams who see a ton of pitches better come up swinging because he does not like hanging around.

  13. deathmonkey41 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    This one could have been a season killer for the Red Sox, but instead might have become one for the Yanks. There is no reason Joba Chamberlin should be on a major league roster.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      There is no reason Joba Chamberlin should be on a major league roster.

      I used to be one of his biggest defenders, but holy crap how do you let him pitch in extra innings like that?

  14. pisano - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    deathmonkey41… Joba and Hughes flat stink, the sad part about these two losers is they will probably go to the NL as free agents and turn their careers around, ala AJ Burnett. AJ coundn’t buy a win in the AL, but goes to the Pirates and gets a new lease on life. I am happy for the Pirates, they have struggled for a lot of years and it looks like they’re playoff bound.

    • sysi45 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      As long as Hughes is a Fly Ball Pitcher, he has to go to a big ballpark or he is done. Joba is done whether he is in the NL or AL, he doesn’t have any movement on his fastball and he gets killed with his Slider.

  15. hushbrother - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Farrell absolutely messed up by sending Peavy out for the seventh. It’s not always about pitch counts – the duration of the game has to be a factor too, and the game was almost three hours old by then. 100 is the magic number for pitch counts. I don’t know what the magic number is for time, but I’m pretty sure three hours is well past the point when a starter should be lifted. Especially in these Sox-Yanks marathons which feature long innings and batters grinding out at bats.

  16. RickyB - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Watching NESN last night, Eck noted that Rivera was not sharp with his pitches, missing locations quite a bit. What he never mentioned was that it shouldn’t have been a surprise as it was the third straight night Rivera had pitched, including a four-out save the night before. Mo is awesome, but Girardi still has to be careful with him. Can’t imagine Mo will be available tonight, and Robertson has also thrown in each of the last three games. Need a long outing from Pettitte tonight, which isn’t likely. I’d be happy with six solid innings from him. The offense is going to have to put some runs on the board tonight.

    • plummer2512 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Good analysis. I’m guessing you’re a Yankee fan, which is even more surprising…

      • RickyB - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        We don’t all feel like the baseball world revolves around the Yankees. Some of us do try to remain objective with a long-term view. Crazy, I know …

    • pastabelly - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Could happen with Doubrant on the mound. It could make for another very long Sox-Yankees game.

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