Rapid reaction: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2

August, 8, 2011

BOSTON -- The Texas Rangers, assuming they hold off the Angels in the American League West, could always crash the party. They’re the defending American League champions, after all.

The Detroit Tigers, with Justin Verlander threatening to throw a no-no every time he takes the hill, also may have other ideas.

But judging by what we just witnessed this weekend, the stars are aligning for a rematch of that epic October extravaganza, Red Sox-Yankees, a rendezvous with destiny that might seem like it happens every year but hasn’t taken place since 2004.

Great pitching, exquisite defense, bottom-of-the-ninth rally, and finally, as the clock ticked well past midnight on the longest Sox-Yankees game of the season (4 hours 15 minutes), a walkoff hit by the rookie, Josh Reddick.

Reddick’s opposite-field single in the 10th inning off Phil Hughes, the seventh Yankee pitcher of the night, scored pinch runner Darnell McDonald with the winning run after the Yankees lost for only the third time in 66 games in which they've led after eight innings.

David Ortiz hit a one-out ground-rule double off Hughes, and Carl Crawford was walked intentionally before Reddick lined a base hit to left, then sprinted into the outfield in a futile attempt to escape the onrushing gang of teammates, led by Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz.

Pedroia’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth had tied the score at 2, Marco Scutaro crossing the plate after his fourth hit of the night, a double, had triggered the tying rally against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who blew just his second save since May 18.

Jacoby Ellsbury bunted Scutaro to third before Pedroia’s liner to left tied the score.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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