Reddick's 10th inning single wins it for Sox, 3-2

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Reddick's 10th inning single wins it for Sox, 3-2

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.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.

 

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Dan Shaughnessy joins Sports Tonight to discuss Rick Porcello giving up a game-tying homerun in the 8th, and explains why John Farrell has been very unlucky with any decision he makes.

First impressions: Benintendi injured in Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Rays

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First impressions: Benintendi injured in Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

 

The injury to Andrew Benintendi looked ominous.

Benintendi's left leg buckled as he tried to elude a tag on the bases in the seventh inning. He left the game with the help of two trainers, hobbling badly.

The Sox later announced that Benintendi suffered a left knee sprain, and will be further evaluated Thursday.

It's impossible to determine how serious the injury is. The prognosis could be anywhere from a few days, to, potentially, a season-ending issue.

Regardless, it's a blow to the Sox, who clearly have benefited from Benintendi's athleticism and energy in the three weeks since he's been promoted from Double A.

 

Rick Porcello is gobbling up innings in the second half.

Porcello gave the Sox 7 2/3 innings Wednesday night, allowing three runs. It marked the sixth straight start in which Porcello provided the Sox with a minimum of seven innings.

Through the end of June, Porcello had pitched seven or more innings just four times. Since the start of July, he's done it seven times -- and came within an out of doing it in another start.

Porcello also extended his streak of pitching at least five innings to 34 straight starts, dating back almost a calendar year to Aug. 26 of last year. Of those 34, he's pitched at least six in 31 of those.

In fact, Porcello leads the majors in innings pitched since that streak began.

 

David Ortiz continues to amaze

In the first inning, Ortiz walloped a pitch into the right field seats for his 30th homer, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead three batters into the game.

The homer was significant beyond that, too. With it, Ortiz reached two milestones -- 30 homers and 100 RBI for the season.

It marked the fourth straight season in which Ortiz has reached both, and it also marked the 10th time as a member of the Sox that he had hit both plateaus.

The homer also meant that Ortiz is now the oldest player - at 40 years, 280 days old -- to hit 30 homers in a season. And finally, it gave Ortiz 100 RBI seasons with the Sox, passing Ted Williams, with whom he had shared the record of nine.

And, remarkably, there's more than a month left in the season to add on to those achievements.