Yankees vs. Red Sox Live Blog: Fenway Series Finale on "Sunday Night Baseball"
This is not only the final game of this series at Fenway Park but it's also the last game before the All-Star break this week.
In the first game on Friday night, the Yankees got the upper hand and won a slug-fest with the Red Sox, coming back to win 10-8 behind Mark Teixeira's two-run go-ahead triple in the seventh inning.
On Saturday, the two teams played a day-night double-header. In the first game, which was a make-up of a rain-out back on April 22, the Yankees won 6-1 behind a solid pitching performance by Freddy Garcia.
In the second game of the double-header, the Red Sox were able to get to Phil Hughes and won the nightcap 9-5.
Now, here were are with the fourth and final game of the series.
Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05 ERA) will start for the Yankees, while Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33 ERA) will counter for the Red Sox.
How will tonight's game fare for each team? Will the Yankees claim their third win of the series, or can Boston muster up a second win to split the series?
Follow live with the blog as these two teams do battle on Sunday Night Baseball.
That will do it for tonight's blog.
Thank you to everyone who stayed up late to follow the story live on here.
The final score- Yankees 7, Red Sox 3.
Good night everyone!
Ivan Nova gets the win for the Yankees, improving to 10-3 on the season.
Jon Lester takes the loss for Boston, dropping to 5-6.
The Yankees improve to 52-33, and are seven games up on the Baltimore Orioles in the A.L. East.
The Red Sox drop to 43-43, and are nine games out in fourth place in the A.L. East.
Last chance for the Red Sox is Jarrod Saltalamacchia with two on and two out.
Down 0-2, Soriano bounces a breaking ball in the dirt and the runners advance to 2nd and 3rd.
Saltalamacchia strikes out swinging to end the game
Ball game over, Yankees win; THE Yankees win!
End of the ninth inning and end of the game: Yankees 7, Red Sox 3
Cody Ross now up for the Red Sox with two on and one out.
Ross strikes out on a high fastball for the second out of the inning.
Nick Punto draws a walk, setting up first and second with one out for Cody Ross.
David Ortiz now up for the Red Sox with one on and no out.
Ciriaco gets to second on defensive indifference.
Big Papi works the count full against the Yankees closer. Ortiz strikes out on a high fastball for the first out.
Pedro Ciriaco leads off for Boston in the ninth inning.
Ciriaco draws a walk to start out the inning.
Rafael Soriano now takes over pitching for the Yankees in the ninth inning.
Chris Stewart now batting with first and third and two outs.
Stewart hits an east fly ball to center for the third out.
Three more outs for the Yankees to wrap up the win.
Jayson Nix now up with runners on the corners and one out.
Nix gets jammed and pops out to shortstop for the second out.
Andruw Jones now up for the Yankees with two out and nobody out.
Jones crushes an 0-1 pitch that misses being a three-run home run by a few feet.
Jones hits it to deep center, but Sweeney tracks it down for the first out.
Cano tags up and moves over to third.
Nick Swisher now up for the Yankees with one on and no out.
Swisher draws a walk, setting up first and second with nobody out.
Aceves is digging a hole for himself early on.
Alfredo Aceves comes in to pitch for the Red Sox.
The former Yankees reliever is the temporary closer for Boston in 2012 with Andrew Bailey on the DL.
Robinson Cano extends his 15-game hitting streak by drilling a pitch off the Green Monster for a lead-off double.
Daniel Nava now up with second and third and two outs.
This is a big batter here for Robertson.
Nava hits it to left center in front of the scoreboard, but Granderson tracks it down to get the third out.
End of the 8th inning: Yankees 7, Red Sox 3
Mike Aviles out with two on and two out.
Aviles hits a ball off the Green Monster, scoring Saltalamacchia and Aviles is in with a double.
On TV, it sure looks like a home run.
Mauro Gomez now up for Boston with two outs and one on.
Saltalamacchia advances to second on a passed ball getting away from Stewart.
Gomez walks, setting up first and second with two out.
Ryan Sweeney up for Boston with one out and one on.
Sweeney looks at a called strike three for the second out.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia now up for Boston with one out.
Saltalamacchia walks on four straight pitches.
David Robertson stays in to pitch for the Yankees in the bottom of the eighth.
Cody Ross leads off for Boston.
Ross hits it to left center, but caught by Granderson for the first out.
Alex Rodriguez smokes one up the middle, but is caught by Ciriaco to end the inning.
Curtis Granderson now up for the Yankees with one out.
Granderson hits it past the shortstop for a single.
Mark Melancon is still in the game for Boston.
Derek Jeter leads off the top of the eighth inning for the Yankees.
Jeter strikes out on a breaking pitch diving in for the first out.
Nick Punto lines out to shortstop for the third out of the inning.
End of the 7th inning: Yankees 7, Red Sox 2
Joe Girardi mixing and matching in the bullpen, as David Robertson will come in to pitch now.
David Ortiz now up to bat with runners on the corners and one out.
Ortiz battles but strikes out swinging for the second out.
Big out by Rapada to get Big Papi.
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