NEW YORK -- Given that the Red Sox were merely trying to play spoiler, it was nowhere near as dramatic as some other October battles between these two teams. But in a thrilling comeback, the New York Yankees rallied to tie, then overtake the Red Sox, 4-3 in 12 innings.
Down to their final three outs, the Yanks got a leadoff single in the ninth from Curtis Granderson and a two-run, pinch-hit homer from Raul Ibanez off closer Andrew Bailey to tie the game at 3-3.
Three innings later, Ibanez struck again, singling home Francisco Cervelli from second base against Andrew Miller.
The loss was Boston's seventh in a row. They're winless on the final road trip of the season with one game remaining.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, both of whom were out of the lineup Monday when the Sox were embarrassed 10-2, combined to account for two first-inning runs. Ellsbury singled and rode home on Pedroia's double to right-center. Pedroia then advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Cody Ross's sacrifice fly.
James Loney crushed a solo homer into the second deck in right to open the ninth looked like insurance until Ibanez struck in the bottom of the inning.
The Yankees had managed an unearned run in the second, with help from an error by third baseman Pedro Ciriaco and another misplay by shortstop Jose Iglesias. That was the only run off Jon Lester, who was left with a no-decision when Bailey imploded in the ninth.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.