The New York Yankees salvage the final game against the Boston Red Sox
The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. The final score was 4-3 and the game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and pitched well. Mariano Rivera pitched two innings picking up the win. Robinson Cano had three hits; Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez each had two hits.
Kuroda pitched six innings giving up two runs and five hits. He walked two and struck out six. Shawn Kelley pitched an inning giving up two hits and striking out one and Rivera pitched two innings giving up two hits and a run with three strikeouts. Rivera blew his seventh save of the season but picked up his fifth win of the season.
Suzuki had two hits, Vernon Wells had a hit and Alfonso Soriano had a hit. Cano had three hits and two RBI, Rodriguez had two hits and drew a walk and Mark Reynolds had a hit and an RBI. Chris Stewart had a hit, Reynolds and Cano each hit a double and the Yankees were 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Jon Lester pitched eight innings giving up three runs on ten hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Brandon Workman took his third loss of the season pitching 2/3 of an inning and giving up a run and a hit with a strikeout.
Jonny Gomes had two hits, David Ortiz had two hits and Mike Carp had two hits and an RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI; Will Middlebrooks had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk, Jackie Bradley Jr. had a hit and drew a walk and Ortiz hit two doubles and Carp hit one. Middlebrooks hit a homerun and the Red Sox were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
In the second Carp hit an RBI double giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. In the fourth Reynolds hit an RBI double to tie the game at one. Cano hit a two run double in the fifth to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Saltalamacchia hit an RBI groundout in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-2 Yankees. In the ninth Middlebrooks hit a solo homerun to tie the game at three. In the bottom of the ninth Suzuki hit a single, stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. The Yankees escaped with a 4-3 win and avoided the four game sweep. The Yankees record improved to 76-67 and the Red Sox record dropped to 87-58.
The Yankees will begin a three game series in Baltimore on Monday night. The Yankees trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 2 ½ games for the final playoff spot with 18 games to play. The Yankees and Rays will meet three more times at Yankee Stadium