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Yankees Go Ten Rounds With Red Sox Before Falling in Extra’s

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The New York Yankees continued to score runs in bundles on Thursday night, but even a six-run, seventh inning rally to erase a 7-2 deficit would not be enough, as the Pinstripes fell 9-8 in 10 innings to end a three-game win streak.

The Red Sox led 3-2 going into the top of the fifth inning after Will Middlebrooks’ 13th home run of the season in the top of the fourth, a monster shot that landed into the second deck in left-field off Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova.

For Middlebrooks [2-for-5], the homer made him just the seventh player in team history to have at least 13 home runs in his first two seasons, and just the first to do so since Ellis Burks did back in 1987-1988.

Boston was just getting started though, adding three more runs in that fifth inning, giving the Red Sox a comfy 6-2 lead. It began when Nova-who had his shortest non-injury related start of the season [giving up three earned runs in four innings pitched]-was removed in favor of reliever Preston Claiborne.

It did not start well for Claiborne as Red Sox right-fielder Shane Victorino smashed a solo-shot home run [13] to left-field on the second pitch of his at-bat, making it 4-2 Boston. The inning only got worse for Claiborne after consecutive singles to Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz was followed by a walk to Daniel Nava, loading the bases for first baseman Mike Napoli.

Napoli swung for the fences and came away with an equal amount of destruction, slicing an RBI-single down the left-field line to give the Red Sox a 5-2 lead with no outs in the inning.

Two pitching changes later, and with Adam Warren on in relief, Boston made the score 6-2 on a force-out off Ryan Lavarnway’s bat, as Ortiz scored from third.

At this juncture, the going had gotten tough, but the Yankees made one final push in the seventh inning to take an 8-7 lead, sending 10 batters to the plate, while scoring six runs off five hits [four singles and a double] and two walks.

Mariano Rivera replaced David Robertson to begin the ninth inning, but blew his sixth game of 2013 [making him 41-out-of-47 in save opportunities]. Napoli was at the center of it all once more, starting the two-out comeback by hitting a single to right-center field.

“We just blew it,” Rivera said.

Pinch-runner Quintin Berry went in for Napoli, and promptly stole second base, followed by an advancement to third base on a throwing error by Yankees’ catcher Austin Romine. Boston shortstop Stephen Drew did not waste Berry’s speed, and brought him around home to score the tying run on a single to right-center field, bringing the game to 8-8, and the eventual extra inning that followed.

“Tonight was the first time he’s been pressed into that specific spot, and he came through,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell about recently acquired Berry.

“He’s the best in the game,” Drew said of Rivera. “He’s been fun to watch on the other side. But getting out there with two outs and trying to do your job, it makes it tough. He’s been doing it his whole career, so it’s just one of those things that worked out for me tonight.”

In the top of the 10th, the Yankees’ placed Joba Chamberlain [who picked up the loss and is now 2-1] in relief of Rivera, only to have Chamberlain give up the winning run for a 9-8 Boston victory on an RBI-single by Victorino into right-center field, driving in Jacoby Ellsbury who had stolen second base only moments before.

Chamberlain was ejected by first base umpire and crew chief Joe West for arguing that Victorino had indeed swung his bat and gone around for the swinging strike before his game-winning hit.

“It’s frustrating because, you know what, I thought he went. But you have to be able to overcome things,” Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi said.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his 18th save of the season after tossing a perfect 1oth inning in which he struck out two Yankees’ batters to end the game. Uehara has now been perfect in his last seven save opportunities, the longest such streak in Red Sox history.

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