Home runs provided all of the offense for Boston on Thursday night as they played their own version of Bronx Bomber Baseball. Unfortunately for the Sox, the Yankees did some of their own in the last frame.
Brandon Workman, who had lost 8 consecutive outings coming into the game, got a no decision after 6 strong innings, setting himself up for a victory before Koji Uehara blew it in the ninth.
Fast Start For Boston-- David Ortiz 2 HRS
Big Papi started the evening the right way as he lifted his 31st homer one row into the stands in right field for an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After a Mookie Betts single in the third inning, Ortiz bashed his second dinger of the night in as many at bats much deeper into the right field seats, giving Boston a 3-0 lead in the third.
Yankees Tie It Up In The 3rd
After two scoreless innings, Workman gave up the lead. Ichiro singled with one out before Jacoby Ellsbury walked.
Derek Jeter in his last Yankee Stadium game against Boston, hit a 2-RBI double over Betts in center field to get within one run.
Two batters later, Carlos Beltran drove in Jeter on a lined single past second base to tie the game.
Boston Takes The Lead- Brock Holt Longball
With the game tied at 3 going to the fifth, Brock Holt hit a homer that bounced off the top of the wall over Ichiro's glove to give Boston the lead.
This was a lead that took the BoSox all the way until the bottom of the ninth.
Workman pitched six strong, Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning each to put the game in Uehara's hands.
Koji Blows Yet Another Game- The Magic Is Gone
Already blowing saves in 2 of his last 3 outings, the Sox went to Koji anyway to try to get a save and win the road trip and get one for Workman.
He was brought in Tuesday in game one of the series with a 9-3 lead to get some work and gave up a leadoff homer to Brian McCann.
On Thursday, the exact same thing happened. First batter. Mark Teixeira. Seeya.
Tex tied the game at 4 with a blast off Uehara, as his struggles continued.
He got the first out of the inning on a line out to left, but the game wouldn't last much longer.
Chase Headley came up and blasted a game winner to deep right to send the Sox home and keep the Yankees playoff chances alive.
Koji's splitter seems to have disappeared and with it, his dominant pitching has disappeared too.
He has given up 10 runs in his last 4.1 innings. Time to shut him down for the rest of the year? Quite possibly because this is getting ugly.
NotesBoston finishes the road trip with a 5-5 record. With his 2 HR and 3 RBI, Ortiz now has 98 RBI this season. Dustin Pedroia missed his fourth straight game, but should return to the field tomorrow. The Yankees used five relievers after starter Chris Capuano only lasted 4.1 innings. With 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs in the top of the 9th, the Yankees avoided giving up two big runs that would have helped give Koji some breathing room. The Sox are now 48-2 when leading after 8 innings. Boston will head home to face Toronto on Friday where Allen Webster (3-3) will face Drew Hutchison (9-11) at 7:10pm.