NEW YORK -- Just when it seemed that the Red Sox were about to blow another huge lead and lose a game to the Yankees they had no business losing, they snapped to life -- with some help from the home team.
Curtis Granderson misplayed a fly ball from Pedro Ciriaco into a run-scoring triple and Dustin Pedroia added a sacrifice fly as the Sox rallied and beat the New York Yankees, 8-6.
The Sox built a 6-1 lead through 4 12 innings with four RBI from Adrian Gonzalez (three-run homer and RBI double) and Will Middlebrooks adding a two-run double.
But the Yankees chipped away with a three-run fourth against Jon Lester and Mark Teixeira got the best of nemesis Vicente Padilla with a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Lester, who had the worst start of his major league career in his previous outing, showed improvement, though he allowed four runs in four hits in six innings. But Padilla's misstep cost him his first win in more than a month.
Padilla nonetheless got the win when the Sox rallied in the ninth and Alfredo Aceves picked up his 22nd save.
The Sox beat up CC Sabathia, who was done after six, having allowed six runs.
The win was only the second for the Sox in their last eight games and was just the second this season against the Yankees in eight tries.
HARRISON, N.J. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.
Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl's shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.
The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.
The Boston Red Sox close out their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals without second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Brock Holt will be at second base for Pedroia who will miss the game, reportedly attending to a family matter.
Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox, facing off against Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA).
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Raul Mondesi 2B
Yordano Ventura RHP
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was in a cast on a knee scooter entering the clubhouse today, and was all smiles when he said he’d be taking his cast off Monday to get started with his rehabilitation process.
He’s been cleared to start lifting right away, and it is expected that Swihart will be ready for Spring Training.
“My ankle feels good. I’m not in any pain at all,” Swihart said. “I think in the middle of the off-season I’ll be able to get into baseball shape.”
Swihart will be rehabbing to play both catcher and left field. The top-tier catching prospect wouldn’t say which he preferred when asked, and instead said “whatever gets me on the field.”
A timetable for running has yet to be established for Swihart, but the 24-year-old will meet with the doctor within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, he plans to continue supporting his teammates race towards the postseason.
“It’s hard, I want to be out there with them, but at least I get to come in and be there with them during the whole thing,” Swihart said. “It’s a lot of fun seeing them, the way they’re playing. It’s awesome.