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A-Rod ends scoreless pitchers' duel in 15th inning to beat Red Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Waiting well past midnight for a clutch hit -- any hit, really -- Alex Rodriguez provided a big one.

Rodriguez broke up an electric pitchers' duel in the 15th inning with his first homer in three weeks, giving the New York Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

"Both teams were remarkable," Rodriguez said. "It was a heavyweight fight, and we were fortunate to have the last hit."

Once the game entered the 15th it became the longest scoreless matchup between the longtime rivals. Rodriguez's two-out homer came at 12:42 a.m., off Boston's eighth pitcher, Junichi Tazawa, who was making his major league debut.

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A day after the Yankees bashed Boston and John Smoltz 13-6 in a game that ended testily, New York's A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett of the Red Sox set the tone -- then both remained in the dugout for remainder of the 5-hour, 33-minute game with Burnett administering one of his whipped-cream pies to Rodriguez.

Burnett allowed a leadoff single and five relievers finished the four-hitter in the first Boston-New York game to go into extra innings scoreless since 1976.

"This would've been a very hard game to lose," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Nobody left. It just shows the importance of the game."

Derek Jeter singled to lead off the 15th against Tazawa (0-1), who was signed out of a Japanese industrial league and called up Friday after the Red Sox cut Smoltz. After two outs, Rodriguez lined a shot into the bullpen in left-center giving New York its 10th walkoff win of the season.

It was Rodriguez's first homer since July 19, his season-worst homerless drought of 72 at-bats. He was 1 for 6 before connecting.

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"As far as making my major league debut, I'm very happy. I was honored to be in such an important situation," Tazawa said through a translator. "I wish I could have done a little better."

The Yankees' fifth straight win touched off a raucous celebration on the field and in the stands as many of the 48,262 fans at the new ballpark remained as a tense game breezed past midnight.

Phil Coke (3-3) pitched the 15th inning for the win that gave New York a 4½-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

The Red Sox, who have lost four in a row, gave the crowd a scare in the 14th when Victor Martinez hit a high-arcing drive that Eric Hinske caught just in front of the wall in right field, eliciting a collective sigh from the crowd. One batter later, Kevin Youkilis lined a single to left for the first hit since the 10th inning, touching off a modest "Let's Go Red Sox!" chant.

"It was a tough night offensively," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It was a tough night for them, too."

Jeter came through after going hitless in his first six at-bats and failing in three opportunities with runners on third -- twice against Beckett. Boston's Dustin Pedroia lazily flied out three times with runners on base and Martinez was 0 for 6. The teams combined to go 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position.

"It was a really weird night," Pedroia said. "It's not like we're not trying."

Former Florida Marlins teammates Burnett and Beckett matched zeros, each refusing to bend to All-Star lineups.

On his third try against Boston -- matching up against Beckett each time -- since signing an $82.5 million, five-year free-agent deal, Burnett finally proved his value against the Yankees' chief rivals. He gave up 11 runs in his first two starts against them. On Friday, Burnett walked six but struck out six 7 2/3 innings. Beckett gave up four hits and struck out seven in seven innings.

Beckett has been a stabilizing ace in a Boston rotation missing Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield to injuries and is now without Smoltz, who was designated for assignment earlier Friday. He walked two and threw 115 pitches, and played cheerleader from the top step of the dugout right to the end.

Notes

  • The Red Sox also designated LHP Billy Traber for assignment and claimed infielder Chris Woodward off waivers from Seattle.
  • Tawaza bowed to Hideki Matsui of the Yankees when he saw his idol during batting practice.
 
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Alex Rodriguez is the man of the moment after his 20th homer ends the marathon.  (Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez is the man of the moment after his 20th homer ends the marathon. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 7
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5020100 .300
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000215 .303
Victor Martinez, 1B6000023 .287
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4010222 .310
David Ortiz, DH6010013 .221
J.D. Drew, RF5000111 .246
Jason Varitek, C6000032 .225
Josh Reddick, LF6000020 .217
Nick Green, SS1000100 .235
   a- Casey Kotchman, PH1000010 .280
    Chris Woodward, SS2000110 .232
Totals46040814  
a-struck out for Green in the 8th
Batting
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (50, 2nd base off Burnett/Posada, 2nd base off Hughes/Posada)
CS - Dustin Pedroia (7, 2nd base by Burnett/Posada)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Green-Martinez, Varitek-Green
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett 7400270 3.12
Hideki Okajima 1.1000010 2.89
Daniel Bard 0.2100120 2.20
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000100 2.25
Jonathan Papelbon 1.1000020 1.90
Manny Delcarmen 1000200 2.98
Takashi Saito 1000100 3.15
Junichi Tazawa (L,0-1) 1.2422021 10.80
WP - Ramon Ramirez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 115-71, Hideki Okajima 25-15, Daniel Bard 18-10, Ramon Ramirez 14-6, Jonathan Papelbon 16-13, Manny Delcarmen 22-10, Takashi Saito 22-11, Junichi Tazawa 35-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-5, Hideki Okajima 1-2, Ramon Ramirez 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 25, Hideki Okajima 4, Daniel Bard 4, Ramon Ramirez 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4, Manny Delcarmen 5, Takashi Saito 4, Junichi Tazawa 9
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS7110015 .314
Johnny Damon, LF7000021 .282
Mark Teixeira, 1B6000121 .284
Alex Rodriguez, 3B7122021 .261
Hideki Matsui, DH5020100 .264
Jorge Posada, C5020133 .281
    Ramiro Pena, PR0000000 .267
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .246
Robinson Cano, 2B6020014 .310
Nick Swisher, RF2000112 .246
    Jerry Hairston Jr., RF0000000 .257
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-RF1000202 .260
Melky Cabrera, CF5000126 .282
Totals51292714  
a-walked for Hairston in the 10th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (29, Beckett)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (20, Tazawa)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (62)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (26)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (8, 2nd base off Bard/Varitek)
CS - Hideki Matsui (1, 2nd base by Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
E - Jorge Posada (6, Interference)
New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett 7.2100660 3.67
Phil Hughes 0.1000000 3.58
Mariano Rivera 1100020 1.91
Alfredo Aceves 3100130 3.38
Brian Bruney 2100120 5.56
Phil Coke (W,3-3) 1000010 4.70
IBB - Drew by Brian Bruney
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 117-65, Phil Hughes 5-3, Mariano Rivera 16-10, Alfredo Aceves 37-27, Brian Bruney 39-20, Phil Coke 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 8-6, Alfredo Aceves 4-2, Brian Bruney 2-2, Phil Coke 1-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 28, Phil Hughes 1, Mariano Rivera 4, Alfredo Aceves 11, Brian Bruney 8, Phil Coke 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48262
Game Time - 5:33
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Derryl Cousins