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Yankees Killer Pedro Ciriaco Delivers Red Sox 3-2 Win in 10 Innings



Boston Red Sox merchandiseA bloop single for Pedro Ciriaco in the top of the tenth inning was the difference in the 3-2 victory for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees on Sunday night.

Ciriaco came to the plate with runners on first and third with one out and looped the pitch from David Robertson (1-4) to score Jarrod Saltalamacchia from third base. Jacoby Ellsbury ended the inning with the fifth double play in the game for the Red Sox.

Earlier in the inning, Will Middlebrooks was trying to lay down a bunt, but as he was pulling it back, it hit him on the hand. Bobby Valentine came out to check on the third baseman and, also, to see what the call would be. The home plate umpire fell down, so another umpire had to make the call and called it a strike.

Valentine was furious with the call and was thrown out of the game. Also, Josh B eckett was tossed for arguing from the dugout. Middlebrooks responded with a single that put runners on first and second with no outs in the inning.

Alfredo Aceves (2-6) went the final two and 1/3 innings to earn the win. He may have blown the save, but he stayed long enough to get the Red Sox back to .500 with the victory.

The Red Sox started off the scoring with a two-run double for Ryan Sweeney that Andruw Jones could not cutoff in left field to give the Sox the 2-0 lead.

Felix Doubront pitched well enough for the victory. He lasted six 1/3 innings while walking five and striking out eight. His only blemish came in the seventh inning on the leadoff home run for Russell Martin that cut the lead to 2-1.

Doubront left the game with Ichiro Suzuki on first base for Matt Albers. Suzuki stole a base off of Albers and Derek Jeter singled to right to put runners on first and second with one out.

Andrew Miller was called on for the left-handed Curtis Granderson. Granderson flew out to short left field and Suzuki could not score. Mark Teixeira then grounded out softly to second base to end the inning.

The Yankees weren’t done yet.

After getting the first two outs in the eighth, Miller allowed a double to Jones and Aceves was called upon for the four-out save. Aceves faced Martin, who took his first pitch right up the middle to tie the game 2-2.

The Red Sox head home for a 10-game home stand. The Yankees will stay at Yankee Stadium for series against the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners.



By: Brian Roach
MLBCenter.com Boston Red Sox Correspondent

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