Yankees 10 Red Sox 8
- Last Updated: 8:04 AM, July 7, 2012
- Posted: 2:18 AM, July 7, 2012
BOSTON — By the time it was over and the Yankees could exhale on the way out of Fenway Park, there were more contributors than seats on the team bus.
A 10-8 roller-coast victory over the reeling Red Sox that was witnessed by 38,066 had fingerprints from every department.
Mark Teixeira drove in four runs, including two against Vicente Padilla, a pitcher Teixeira loathes for his well-known reputation for head-hunting, with a loud triple.
Rafael Soriano posted the final four outs for his 20th save. David Robertson arrived with two outs and two on with a two-run lead in the seventh and whiffed Nick Punto.
Derek Jeter went into the hole to turn a Mike Aviles single into a force out at third in the seventh after Cody Ross homered off Boone Logan.
Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez drove in runs in the game-changing seventh when the Yankees scored four runs and turned a 7-6 deficit into a 10-7 bulge.
All of this happened after Hiroki Kuroda failed to hold a 5-0 lead in the first and a 6-5 lead in the second. And yet he was able to provide 5 2/3 innings to help save the bullpen.
Teixeira couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for getting the big hit off Padilla, who has hit him three times and caused Teixeira to get hit in Texas because Padilla, a teammate, hit opposing batters on purpose.
“That felt really good,’’ Teixeira said of the triple. “I was joking that I have to get in line because he doesn’t have a lot of friends in the game.’’
The victory raised the Yankees’ record to a MLB-best 50-32 and put them 8 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox, losers of four straight, in the AL East.
With two games today and another Sunday, manager Joe Girardi didn’t hesitate to use Robertson and Soriano with the game on the line.
“We always talk about winning today,’’ Girardi said.
So, he called for Robertson in the seventh, who over-powered Punto with a 94-mph fastball. When Robertson’s command left him in the eighth after giving up a two-out single to David Ortiz and walking Ross, Girardi went to Soriano.
He retired the sizzling Adrian Gonzalez on a grounder and hurled a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
“Front-door sinker,’’ Gonzalez said of the 3-1 pitch he grounded to Teixeira to end the eighth. “Wish I would have gotten under it, it would have been a double.’’
Kuroda’s five-run lead vanished quickly and so did the 6-5 edge.
The Red Sox copped a 7-6 advantage in the fifth, but four Yankees runs in the seventh were too much to overcome.
“It feels like the same thing every time we come here,’’ Jeter (2-for-5) said of the whacky nature of games inside New England’s living room. The last time the two teams met, April 21, the Yankees rallied from a 9-0 deficit with 15 unanswered runs.
There have been plenty of times when Teixeira couldn’t get comfortable against Padilla because he feared a 94-mph fastball at his head. Yet, even Padilla is smart enough to know that last night wasn’t the time to drill anybody.
“He is not messing around because almost every at-bat he is throwing at somebody’s head,’’ Teixeira said. “With runners on first and second and the game on the line, he is not doing it then. I could dig in and look for a good pitch.’’
When it came, Teixeira hit into the center-field triangle for what turned out to be a game-winning triple.
— Additional reporting by Mark Hale