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Yanks Waste Good Pitching, Lose to Sox in 10th

The Yankees can usually feel secure when leading after seven innings in a baseball game this year; they would send in David Robertson in the 8th and Mariano Rivera in the 9th and the game would be over. Last night, however, this was not the case.

With a two to one lead heading into the 9th inning last night against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park, the Yankees went closer Mariano Rivera to try and shut the door and give the Yankees their first series win against the Red Sox this season. However, after a leadoff double by Marco Scutaro, a sacrifice bunt which moved him to third and a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia, Rivera blew the save and the game was heading into extra innings.

The Yankees had narrowly escaped blowing their lead in the bottom of the 8th inning. Two wild pitched by Yankee reliever David Robertson put Boston’s Carl Crawford on third with two outs. Robertson was able to get Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek to pop out, however, and end the threat.

Regardless, the game was now in extra innings and the Yankees decided to bring in Phil Hughes, scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, into the game to try and salvage some of the Yankee bullpen, which had already used five pitchers.

This move turned out to be costly, as David Ortiz ripped a ground rule double down the right field line, putting him into scoring position. The pinch runner for Ortiz Darnell McDonald would later score the game winning run on rookie Josh Reddick’s single into left field, giving the Red Sox not only the series victory, but the season series victory as well (10-2).

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, who had a 3-0 record against the Yankees heading into this game, pitched very well, going six innings and allowing only one run on a homerun by Yankees third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

The Yankees’ Freddy Garcia was equally as good. Only allowing one run in the 2nd inning, Garcia was able to work his way out of it and pitch five solid innings and keep the Yankees in the game.

Soxx The Yankees were then able to take the lead in the 7th, when Brett Gardner hit a homerun off of Red Sox’s reliever Matt Albers, to give the Yankees the lead, and when the Yankees take the lead after the 7th inning, you expect it to not be relinquished with the relief pitching from Rafael Soriano, Robertson, and Rivera, but that was not the case last night.

With the loss the Yankees drop to 2nd place and a game behind the Red Sox in the division. The Yankees have the day off today, as they head back home to face the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday to look to return to their winning ways. No word on who will pitch for the Yankees on Tuesday, after using scheduled starter Phil Hughes in last night’s game with the Red Sox.

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