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Red Sox avoid rare sweep at home thanks to Youkilis' walk-off blast

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BOSTON -- What the Boston Red Sox couldn't get done with doubles they did with the long ball.

After leading off the 10th, 11th and 12th innings with doubles and failing to score, Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run off of Mike Parisi in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

"I knew I hit it really well and I thought it would get out but you never know here sometimes," Youkilis said. "You can't beat it. I think it was even more exciting when you have a 13-inning game. You just want to get out of here. That always makes it a lot better of a home run."

Mike Lowell led off the inning with a single off Parisi (0-3) before Youkilis hit Parisi's 3-1 offering over the left-field wall. It was Youkilis's second home run of the game.

"When you get in one of those games -- at least when you're playing at home -- you always feel like you have the last at-bat," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We led three innings off with doubles, start the runner on second (and) couldn't score. Maybe that's what it takes is somebody running the ball out of the ballpark."

The Red Sox avoided being swept in a series at home for the first time since losing two contests to the Blue Jays last April.

The Cardinals had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 13th off Javier Lopez (2-0), but Chris Duncan was thrown out at home plate by Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew trying to score on Adam Kennedy's base hit.

"He hit the ball hard enough to be able field it on a nice run," Drew said. "I was surprised to see him going and it wound up that it was a nice hop to Tek (catcher Jason Varitek) and he had time to duck under."

The Red Sox had opportunities in the 10th and 11th innings to win the game, but came up empty on both occasions. In the 10th, with Jacoby Ellsbury on third and one out, Kyle McClellan struck out J.D. Drew and got Sean Casey to pop out. In the 11th, the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out against Jason Isringhausen, who struck out Alex Cora and Ellsbury to retire the side.

The Cardinals also had chances in the extra frames, loading the bases with three hits off Hideki Okajima in the 11th. But Craig Hansen struck out Ryan Ludwick to end the threat.

"Just a hellacious game. It's one of those things that makes you enjoy this level of competition," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Both clubs had chances for a lot of heroics to get something going. A lot of heroics to stop them. What a great competition."

After the Red Sox scored twice in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, the Cardinals tied the game in the ninth off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his fourth save opportunity of the season. After striking out the first two Cardinals he faced, Duncan drew a walk and Adam Kennedy doubled to center to tie the game at 3.

Aaron Miles went 5-for-6 for the Cardinals and was 7-for-11 in the series with his only home run of the season. Despite the loss, the Cardinals won their sixth consecutive road series.

"It seemed like there was a rally every inning and no one could push that run across," Miles said. "Both teams thought they were going to showering in five minutes a bunch of times tonight, but it didn't happen."

Joel Pineiro, who hasn't won since April 29, gave up two runs and seven hits over seven-plus innings. In his last three starts, Pineiro has allowed only five earned runs over 19 innings.

Lester was nearly as good as Pineiro, allowing nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. It was his 11th consecutive start in which he has held his opponent to three earned runs or fewer.

Nick Stavinoha, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis before to the game, made his major league debut and picked up his first hit, a single in the sixth inning.

Notes

  • The Red Sox haven't been swept in a series of three games or more at Fenway Park since Aug. 18-21, 2006, when they lost five straight to the Yankees.
  • Cardinals shortstop Cesar Izturis was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game due to a strained right hamstring. Stavinova took his place on the roster, and to make room on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals moved former NL Cy Young Award winner Cris Carpenter from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Carpenter is recovering from right elbow surgery.
  • Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is in an 0-for-24 slump and is 3 for his past 40.
  • Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez has one RBI in his past nine games.
 
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Kevin Youkilis' timing is impeccable, crushing his second homer of the game in the 13th to win it.  (AP)
Kevin Youkilis' timing is impeccable, crushing his second homer of the game in the 13th to win it. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Miles
AB 6
R 0
H 5
HR 0
RBI 0
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Barton, LF4111012 .245
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH-RF3000004 .298
Aaron Miles, 2B-SS6050001 .313
Ryan Ludwick, RF-LF6011017 .297
Troy Glaus, 3B4000222 .260
Nick Stavinoha, DH6010034 .167
Rick Ankiel, CF6000024 .251
Yadier Molina, 1B-C6010010 .290
Jason LaRue, C3010010 .228
   b- Chris Duncan, PH-1B2110101 .234
Brendan Ryan, SS3120001 .286
   c- Adam Kennedy, PH-2B3031001 .269
Totals523163311  
a-grounded out for Barton in the 9th
b-walked for LaRue in the 9th
c-doubled for Ryan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Barton (6, Lester), Chris Duncan (6, Lopez), Brendan Ryan 2 (6, Lester, Lester), Adam Kennedy (5, Papelbon)
RBI - Brian Barton (9), Ryan Ludwick (56), Adam Kennedy (18)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (6)
SB - Brian Barton (3, 3rd base off Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Miles-Ryan-Molina, Kennedy-Miles-Duncan
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro 7722011 3.86
Chris Perez (BS,1) 1111310 4.20
Russ Springer 1000000 2.38
Kyle McClellan 1100010 2.52
Jason Isringhausen 1100220 6.17
Ron Villone 1100000 5.65
Mike Parisi (L,0-3)0222001 8.06
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 81-57, Chris Perez 29-12, Russ Springer 10-8, Kyle McClellan 11-7, Jason Isringhausen 24-13, Ron Villone 6-4, Mike Parisi 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 12-6, Chris Perez 1-1, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0, Ron Villone 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 26, Chris Perez 7, Russ Springer 3, Kyle McClellan 4, Jason Isringhausen 6, Ron Villone 3, Mike Parisi 2
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF6010013 .276
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5140000 .282
J.D. Drew, RF5000113 .318
Manny Ramirez, DH3010101 .295
    Brandon Moss, PR-DH0000000 .256
   a- Sean Casey, PH-DH2000002 .365
Mike Lowell, 3B5131101 .277
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5223124 .305
Jason Varitek, C5000003 .230
Coco Crisp, CF4120100 .265
Julio Lugo, SS2001000 .275
    Alex Cora, SS2000013 .280
Totals44513555  
a-flied out for Moss in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (8, McClellan), Dustin Pedroia 2 (22, Pineiro, Villone), Mike Lowell (15, Isringhausen)
3B - Coco Crisp (2, Pineiro)
HR - Kevin Youkilis 2 (13, Pineiro, Parisi)
SF - Julio Lugo (4)
SH - Dustin Pedroia (6)
RBI - Mike Lowell (39), Kevin Youkilis 3 (47), Julio Lugo (18)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell (16), Kevin Youkilis (15)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (8, 2nd base off Perez/LaRue)
CS - Coco Crisp (3, 2nd base by Pineiro/LaRue)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Drew 1
DP - Pedroia-Lugo-Youkilis, Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester 7.1922130 3.13
Manny Delcarmen 0.2000020 3.48
Jonathan Papelbon (BS,4) 1111120 2.16
Hideki Okajima 1.2400110 3.00
Craig Hansen 1.2000030 5.06
Javier Lopez (W,2-0) 0.2200000 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 101-66, Manny Delcarmen 15-9, Jonathan Papelbon 19-15, Hideki Okajima 28-16, Craig Hansen 22-17, Javier Lopez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 8-9, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0, Craig Hansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 30, Manny Delcarmen 2, Jonathan Papelbon 5, Hideki Okajima 10, Craig Hansen 5, Javier Lopez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37085
Game Time - 4:25
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Reynolds