Sox stumble, Yankees take over first, 3-2


Sox stumble, Yankees take over first, 3-2

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
For the first time since April 9 -- and just the second time this season -- the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Sox.

The win moved the Yankees a game ahead of the Red Sox in the American League East standings, dropping the Sox out of first for the first time since July 6.

The Yanks erupted for three runs in the sixth off Jon Lester (11-5), who lost to New York for just the second time in 15 career starts.

Two walks that inning by Lester contributed to the rally. Eduardo Nunez worked a leadoff walk and scored two hitters later on an RBI-single from Curtis Granderson.

Derek Jeter crossed the plate on a double play ball and Granderson scored on Nick Swisher's double.

The Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on a run-scoring double by Jacoby Ellsbury. The Sox added to their lead in the fourth when David Ortiz homered into the right field bleachers just behind the Red Sox bullpen.

Bartolo Colon was chased after 4 23 innings, but the Yankee bullpen pitched shutout ball for the final 4 13 innings, allowing just two hits in that span -- a two-out double by Carl Crawford in the sixth and an infield single by Crawford with one out in the ninth.
STAR OF THE GAME: Nick Swisher
Swisher was the only member of the Yankees' lineup to collect two hits. He had a single in the second and a double in the sixth.

The double, just inside the third base bag, came with two outs and scored Curtis Granderson with what proved to be the winning run.

After starter Bartolo Colon ran out of gas at 94 pitches, Logan inherited a bases-loaded situation with two outs in the fifth.

Facing Adrian Gonzalez, the major league leader in RBI, Logan struck out the first baseman on three pitches, then got two big outs in the sixth -- Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz -- before allowing a double to Carl Crawford.

Lester shut out the Yankees for the first five innings, then seemed to lose the plate in the sixth when two walks led to a three-run inning for the visitors.
TURNING POINT: Lester walks Nunez
In the sixth, Lester quickly got ahead of Eduardo Nunez, the No. 9 hitter, 0-and-2. He then fell behind and walked him, setting in motion the three-run inning for New York.

David Ortiz's solo homer in the fourth inning gave him 50 extra-base hits for 2011, marking the 10th straight year he's reached that milestone.
"I have to do a better job of buckling down and getting that third out (in the sixth inning).'' Jon Lester, on the run-scoring double he allowed to Nick Swisher.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.