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Red Sox 3, Yankees 2- Russell Martin's Resurgence Unable to Grasp Win

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Russ lives!
Russ lives!

The Red Sox beat the Yankees in 10 innings as Pedro Ciriaco blooped a pop fly into short right field behind first base that fell for a hit, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia. David Robertson walked the Boston catcher to begin the frame, then surrendered a Will Middlebrooks groundball single to the left side to put runners on first and second to begin the frame. Middlebrooks had originally shown bunt, but a D-Rob pitch zoomed toward him and hit his hand on the bat. Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora also got the brunt of the pitch and he recoiled in pain as well. The other umpires and O'Nora agreed though that Middlebrooks did not pull the bunt back in time, and it was ruled a strike (Boston manager Bobby Valentine was ejected arguing the call. Prepare to hear narratives from various sources about how his babbling "inspired the team to victory" or something of the like). Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless tenth inning to secure the win.

The Yankees originally forced extra innings with a rally in the eighth inning. Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller got two quick outs, but Andruw Jones, enraged that someone would spell "Andruw" incorrectly, tagged him for a double to the left-field corner. Valentine went to his closer, Aceves, to face catcher Russell Martin. Although Russ has really struggled this year on offense, lately he seems to be heating up. Prior to this at bat, he walked twice and hit a homer in the seventh inning to make the score 2-1, Boston. Against Aceves, he tied the game on the first pitch he saw with a single up the middle. He moved to scoring position on a wild pitch, but Ichiro Suzuki flew out to end the eighth. Aside from Russ though, the offense did not do much against Boston's pitching. Nick Swisher returned to the starting lineup with a two-hit night and reached on a hit by pitch in the tenth to extend the game, but Raul Ibanez struck out after a lengthy at bat to end it. Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Robinson Cano combined to go 0-for-14 with a walk. Alas, it is hard to win ballgames when the 2-3-4 hitters don't show up.

Boston struck the first blow in the second inning, when right fielder Ryan Sweeney sent a two-run double into left field, scoring Adrian Gonzalez and Saltalamacchia. The Yankees and Red Sox then kept trying to get each other to add to the score, as both starters Hiroki Kuroda and Felix Doubront pitched into trouble. However, both men deserve a lot of credit for escaping almost every jam. After the Sweeney double, Kuroda pitched the next six innings, shutting Boston out on five hits. He made the double play his ally, forcing Boston hitters into twin-killings four times on the day. Kuroda's final line was eight innings, seven hits, two runs, and a walk. Not a bad day at all.

Doubront only allowed the Yankees two hits (both Swisher singles) through six innings, but he frequently put men on base due to his shaky control. Doubront walked five Yankees in the game, putting multiple runners on base in the second, third, and fourth innings. They weren't able to bring them home though; Doubront struck out eight and induced some key ground balls that went for double plays or fielder's choices. He shut the Yankees out until the seventh inning, when Martin took him opposite-field for a solo homer, cutting the Boston lead in half. Ichiro followed with a single, then stole second after a failed bunt attempt by Jayson Nix. Matt Albers relieved Doubront, then gave up a line drive Derek Jeter single to the right side, but it was hit too hard for Ichiro to score. Miller came on to pitch to Granderson and Teixeira, and the southpaw escaped the threat on a fly ball to left and a grounder to second.

The Yankees remain 9.5 games ahead of the Red Sox, who also remain in last place. Just sayin'.

Source: FanGraphs

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