By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON It looked like it was going to be one of those nights for the Red Sox and for Josh Reddick, but instead it turned into one of those nights for both team and player.
A Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning sent things into extra innings, and Reddick busted out of an 0-for-4 evening with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth inning that propelled Boston to a 3-2 extra inning victory in 4 hours and 15 minutes of Sunday Night Baseball.
Yankees little guys Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner cracked solo home runs for the Yanks and led them to a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth.
But Mariano Rivera couldnt hold things down for the Yankees at Fenway Park, and that kind of thing is no one-hit wonder.
Gardner appeared to provide the game-winning blast into the Sox bullpen in the top of the seventh inning off Matt Albers, and it was left to the Boston batters to solve Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson and Rivera over the final three innings.
The victory vaults Boston into sole possession of first place in the division by a single game, and sets up another impending date between the ancient rivals in the Fens at the end of the month.
The pitchers were locked in for the first six innings and each allowed only a single while battling through lineups that sent their pitch counts soaring. Once again Josh Beckett was the picture of pitching brilliance while mixing pitches and holding the Yankees lineup to six hits and a single run in six frames.
Freddy Garcia was every bit as good for the Yankees while surviving with an 88-mph fastball, and dodging jams by pitching around the middle of Bostons lineup. Twice the Sox loaded the bases against the Yankees in the second and sixth innings, but they only managed to plate a single run on an infield single by Marco Scutaro.
Jacoby Ellsbury was greeted by MVP chants when he stepped to the plate in both bases loaded situations, but he ended both rally innings and stranded eight Sox runners on the base paths during the loss. All looked lost until Marco Scutaro capped off a four-hit night with a double in the bottom of the ninth, and set everything into motion in extra innings.