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The Red Sox streamed out of the dugout, with David Ortiz leading the charge, to congratulate Reddick on his first career game-ending hit, a 10th-inning single that gave Boston a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday night.
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"I knew it was coming," said Reddick, who was all-too happy to be at the middle of the head-pounding and chest-bumping celebration. "Some of the guys get pretty banged up after walking off."
The victory gave the Red Sox sole possession of first place in the AL East, one game ahead of the Yankees, and clinched a win in the season series against New York for the first time since 2004.
And they needed a ninth-inning rally against Mariano Rivera, followed by some more clutch hitting in the 10th, to do it.
"It's unusual," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We're so used to seeing him do it, time after time after time."
But Marco Scutaro led off with a double -- his fourth hit of the game. He moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings and hand Rivera his fifth blown save of the season.
"I don't call it disappointing or frustrating. We lost the series. That's baseball," Rivera said. "We've been playing great."
Reddick then hit the first pitch into the corner in left, driving in McDonald.
Reddick, who started the season at Triple-A, has been playing regularly since J.D. Drew struggled and then went on the disabled list. The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .338 with five homers in 45 games.
"He's been great, man," Scutaro said. "We have to give credit to all out guys. When our regular guys have gone down, guys have been good."
Daniel Bard (2-5) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
Boston lost the series opener but won the next two to snap the Yankees' eight-game winning streak and take the series. The Red Sox are 10-2 against New York this season with six games left.
Gardner had three hits for the Yankees, including the tiebreaking drive with two out in the seventh. He also stole two bases, giving him 35 on the season.
Nunez tied it with his homer in the fifth -- one batter after Russell Martin was thrown out by Reddick trying to stretch a single into a double.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox kept producing baserunners -- and stranding them. They left the bases loaded in the second and sixth, and stranded a pair in the fourth.
|Josh Reddick celebrates after getting the game-winning hit in the 10th inning against New York. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, LF||5||1||3||1||0||1||1||.282|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.273|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||2||0||0||0||3||0||1||.273|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||.251|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.295|
|Nick Swisher, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.267|
|Eric Chavez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.304|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.228|
|Eduardo Nunez, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.273|
|HR - Brett Gardner (5, Albers), Eduardo Nunez (4, Beckett)|
|RBI - Brett Gardner (28), Eduardo Nunez (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner (11), Eduardo Nunez (12)|
|SB - Brett Gardner 2 (35, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek, 2nd base off Papelbon/Varitek), Curtis Granderson (22, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|New York Yankees|
|Rafael Soriano (H,11)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.26|
|David Robertson (H,24)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.41|
|Mariano Rivera (BS,5)||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||1.87|
|Phil Hughes (L,2-4)||0.1||2||1||1||1||0||0||7.11|
|IBB - Crawford by Phil Hughes|
|WP - David Robertson 2 (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 96-54, Boone Logan 11-5, Cory Wade 18-10, Rafael Soriano 18-12, David Robertson 16-11, Mariano Rivera 9-6, Phil Hughes 13-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 9-4, Rafael Soriano 1-1, Mariano Rivera 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 22, Boone Logan 3, Cory Wade 3, Rafael Soriano 3, David Robertson 4, Mariano Rivera 4, Phil Hughes 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||8||.318|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.310|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.348|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||.270|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.288|
|Darnell McDonald, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.165|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||3||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Josh Reddick, RF||5||0||1||1||0||2||5||.338|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||6||.228|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||1||4||1||0||0||0||.272|
|2B - David Ortiz (29, Hughes), Marco Scutaro (9, M. Rivera)|
|SF - Dustin Pedroia (6)|
|SH - Jacoby Ellsbury (3)|
|RBI - Dustin Pedroia (60), Josh Reddick (23), Marco Scutaro (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (12)|
|CS - Dustin Pedroia (5, 2nd base by Garcia/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Daniel Bard (W,2-5)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.36|
|HBP - Jeter (by Matt Albers)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 101-60, Matt Albers 14-9, Franklin Morales 12-3, Dan Wheeler 16-10, Jonathan Papelbon 16-9, Daniel Bard 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 4-8, Matt Albers 1-0, Franklin Morales 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2, Daniel Bard 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 25, Matt Albers 4, Franklin Morales 3, Dan Wheeler 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4, Daniel Bard 3|
|Attendance - 38189|
|Game Time - 4:15|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mark Carlson|