After winning Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees were set up to have a great weekend at Fenway Park. Ace CC Sabathia faltered Saturday in a 10-4 loss, and Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera stumbled Sunday, unable to protect a 2-1 ninth-inning lead in a game that ended in a 3-2, 10-inning defeat. The loss knocked the Yankees out of first place, with Boston now ahead by a game in the American League East.
Marco Scutaro got the crowd going with a ninth-inning leadoff double off the Green Monster off Rivera. Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice bunt moved Scutaro to third. Pedroia stepped to the plate and hit a fly ball to left to bring home the tying run. grounded out to send the game into extras.
"It wasn't the pitch that I wanted it to be," Rivera said about his pitch to Scutaro. "It was a little bit down, should've been a little bit up. I can't blame no one but myself. I didn't get it done. That's that."
The Yankees turned to Phil Hughes (2-4), making his first relief appearance of the season, in the 10th inning and he did not get the job done. With one out ripped a ground-rule double to right. came on as a pinch-runner for Ortiz. After Carl Crawford was intentionally walked, Josh Reddick knocked in the game-winning run with a single to left
The Red Sox got on the board in the second.walked, Ortiz singled to right and Crawford reached base on an infield single to load the bases with nobody out. Following two quick outs, Scutaro hit an RBI single to right. Garcia kept it a 1-0 game by getting Ellsbury to fly out.
The Yankees' runs came on home runs by Eduardo Nunez in the fifth inning and Brett Gardner in the seventh.
|Final - 8.7.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||R||H||E|
|New York Yankees||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||8||0|
|Boston Red Sox||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3||11||0|
|WP: Daniel Bard (2 - 5)
LP: Phil Hughes (2 - 4)