The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2 last night in the rubber match of this week’s pivotal series. With the win, New York is now only a half game back of the Red Sox in the AL East.
Each of the team’s patient lineups wore out last night’s starting pitchers, as neither was able to make it through the 6th inning.
Still, Jon Lester and A.J. Burnett turned in serviceable efforts that kept their squads in the game as they passed the baton to the pen. Lester logged 5 innings while allowing 1 run on 7 hits, while Burnett, who’s basically pitching for his life right now, tossed 5.1 frames of 2 run ball.
New York got on the board early when Robinson Cano doubled home Curtis Granderson in the top of the 1st inning. The Red Sox were then able to get to Burnett in the 4th. With a man on, Dustin Pedroia took the right-hander deep to center for his 18th home run of the year.
The game remained 2-1 until the 7th when the Yankees put up a 3 spot against Red Sox relievers Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard. Russell Martin doubled home a pair before he was driven in on an Eric Chavez single.
Things got a little dicey for Rivera in the game’s last frame, as he walked the first batter he faced. The future Hall of Famer went on to sit down the next two before offering up another free pass. Marco Scutaro followed with a single to shallow right field, loading the bases for MVP candidate Adrian Gonzalez.
Rivera was able to get ahead of A-Gon early and ultimately struck out the first baseman looking to end the game.
The Yankees and Red Sox will face off once more during the second to last series of the year. Each club faces similarly stiff competition to end the season, as both will face teams with records over .500 in 6 of their last 8 series.
Topics: A.J. Burnett, Adrian Gonzalez, Alfredo Aceves, Boston Red Sox, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Bard, David Robertson, Dustin Pedroia, Eric Chavez, Jon Lester, Marco Scutaro, Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, Rafael Soriano, Robinson Cano, Russell Martin