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Red Sox hold off Yankees, 10-8

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 24, 2010 07:05 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 10, Yankees 8

Up 10-1, the Sox tried hard to give it all back but fell short. Papelbon struck out Jeter and got Swisher on a fly ball before Teixeira homered to right center. A-Rod walked but Cano struck out. Pretty embarrassing for the Red Sox to lead 10-1 and allow the tying run to come to the plate.

Papelbon gets his 37th save. What a lousy stat the save is. It means almost nothing.

The Yankees hit a season-high six homers and lost. That's hard to do.

Tampa Bay moves a half-game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. Sox are seven out in the division and 6.5 out in the wild card.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 7

Martinez led off with a walk against Wood. But that was as far as he got. Beltre (0 for 5) struck out. Then lefty Boone Logan got Ortiz (fly ball to left) and Anderson (grounder to first).

Papelbon in to face the top of the New York order.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 7

Beltre, who never, ever takes a play off, climbed into the stands to snag a pop-up off the bat of Berkman. Bard then whiffed Posada. Granderson singled but Gardner grounded out on a close play.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 7

The Sox went in order against Kerry Wood. Drew struck out looking for the final out on a pitch that was both low and outside.

Bard in for the Sox. He has not been his usual dominant self of late.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 7

Cano grounded to second to end the inning. The teams have combined for 22 hits, seven of them home runs.

Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 7

Atchison walked Teixeira. Then A-Rod lined a pitch into the Red Sox bullpen. These last seven outs won't come easily. Embarrassing performance by Red Sox pitching, having given back six runs on a 10-1 lead. Can it get worse?

The crowd has come alive here.

Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 5

Just when it looked like Beckett had maybe figured some things out, he got ripped. Jeter walked with two outs. Then Swisher hammered a 92-mph fastball to right for his 28th home run.

First two times through the order: 4 for 18, 0 walks, 4 K, 1 run

After that: 3 for 9, 2 walks, 1 K, 4 runs

Scott Atchison now pitching.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 3

Lowrie had a two-out single, giving him a career high four hits. Meanwhile, the Sox announced that Mike Lowell was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons.

Beckett back out for the seventh.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 3

Shaky inning for Becket there as Teixeira and A-Rod hit back-to-back homers. It was the first homer in 75 at-bats for Teixeira, who has been dealing with an assortment of injuries including a broken toe.

For A-Rod, it was the 609th home run of his career, tying him with Sammy Sosa for sixth place all-time. Hmmm, I wonder what else the have in common?

Beckett has been uniformly poor this season. But he has a 5.10 ERA in innings 1-5 and a 7.86 ERA after that.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

Drew (3 for 4) singled with one out. But Martinez flied to center and Beltre grounded into a force.

Lars Anderson now at first base for Mike Lowell, who I bet has a heck of a headache.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

With two outs, Granderson hit a ball that took a bad hop and caught Mike Lowell in the right temple. He fell to the dirt but got up and stayed in the game. Lowell is already playing with a broken rib.

Gardner followed with a single but Beckett got Jeter to ground to third.

Sergio Mitre now pitching for the Yankees. You can expect them to start clearing out their starters fairly soon.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

The beating continues. Lowell walked with two outs before Lowrie (3 for 3) reached on an infield hit on a ball Teixeira knocked down and threw past the pitcher covering. Hall then hit an absolute bomb to left, the ball clearing the fence and smacking into the window in front of the Red Sox bullpen.

That's 18 dingers for Hall in only 325 at-bats. Nobody expected that.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 1

1-2-3 inning for Beckett. Teixeira struck out, A-Rod flied deep to center and Cano hit a tapper back to the mound. Beckett looks sharp in his penultimate start of the season.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 1

Martinez grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 1

Not a good sign for the Yankees as their No. 2 starter, Andy Pettitte, was shelled and is out of the game.

Ortiz, Lowell and Lowrie had singles to start the inning. Hall fouled out with the bases loaded but McDonald lined a double down the third-base line. The ball boy accidentally played it, making it a ground rule double.

Scutaro followed with a two-run single to left. When Drew singled, that was it for Pettitte and AAA call-up Jonathan Albaladejo is in.

Pettitte's line so far: 3.1 10 7 6 0 1. Yikes. He has thrown only 75 pitches, too.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1

The first hit for the Yankees was a solo homer by Granderson with one out as he lined a pitch into the seats in right field. Jeter singled with two down but Swisher popped out to Martinez in foul territory.

Beckett has struck out three in three innings.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Drew and Martinez had singles with one out. The hit extended Martinez's hitting streak to nine games. But with a chance to do some damage, Beltre grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Oh, sure, Josh. Now you look good.

Beckett struck out A-Rod and Cano before getting Berkman to ground to second.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Not exactly a classic game so far in terms of the defense. Ortiz (9 for 24 here this season) doubled to the opposite field with one out. Lowrie followed with a liner to right field that Nick Swisher tried to catch at his hip and dropped.

Jed Lowrie followed with a three-run bomb to right. That's seven homers for Lowrie, who is playing himself into at least a utility role next season if not more.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

Swisher reached on an error by Scutaro, who fielded a grounder and lost the ball on the exchange. But Teixeira, who is struggling of late, grounded into a double play.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

It was 75 degrees at first pitch. The Red Sox went in order against Pettitte, who has now allowed one run in seven innings since his two-month stint on the DL. How Pettitte pitches is probably the key to the postseason for the Yankees.

Now comes Beckett.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

We're about to get underway in the Bronx. It was more like July than September today in New York. But it has cooled off a little and is a nice night for baseball.

Hope you enjoy the game and please feel free to leave your comments.

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