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Ciriaco blooped an RBI single in the 10th inning for his latest big hit in this rivalry, and the Red Sox squeaked out a 3-2 victory Sunday night moments after manager Bobby Valentine was ejected.
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Ryan Sweeney hit an early two-run double for Boston, which took two of three in its first visit to New York this season despite grounding into four double plays against Hiroki Kuroda. The last-place Red Sox (51-51) left town 9½ games behind the AL East-leading Yankees.
"We're trying to win series now," Valentine said. "We did it the hard way. After losing the first, we battled in two tough games. I'm proud of the guys. That's a great effort."
Felix Doubront held the Yankees scoreless until Russell Martin homered leading off the seventh inning. Martin also hit a tying single with two outs in the eighth off closer Alfredo Aceves (2-6), who went the rest of the way for the win.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a leadoff walk from David Robertson (1-4) in the 10th, and Will Middlebrooks squared to bunt. Robertson's inside pitch appeared to deflect off Middlebrooks' right wrist, and the rookie yanked his hand away immediately as he spun to the ground.
The next thing the ball hit, however, was the left shin of plate umpire Brian O'Nora, who tumbled to the ground in pain. Trainers checked on Middlebrooks and O'Nora during a long delay, and Middlebrooks finally started toward first base.
But the umpires ruled it a foul ball and brought Middlebrooks back to home plate. Valentine engaged in a lengthy discussion with the umps that finally grew heated and animated. He was ejected by O'Nora and threw his chewing gum in foul territory before returning to the dugout.
"He heard it. That's what I take exception with," Valentine said. "No one saw anything. He just heard it. What are you going to do? I'm not going to say anything that's going to get me fined any more."
It was Valentine's third ejection in his first season with Boston, and the 40th of his managerial career. Moments later, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was tossed by third base umpire and crew chief Tom Hallion after apparently jawing from the dugout.
"The ball hit the bat," O'Nora said. "That's it."
Once play resumed, Middlebrooks grounded an 0-2 pitch through the left side for a single. Sweeney bounced into a force play that left runners at the corners, and Ciriaco plopped a soft fly into shallow right beyond the reach of a drawn-in infield.
"We'll take bloops. We need them," Valentine said.
Called up July 6 from Triple-A Pawtucket, Ciriaco has go-ahead hits in all three Red Sox wins over the Yankees in nine meetings this season -- including a ninth-inning triple Saturday. He is 11 for 22 with six RBI against New York.
"Somehow in that situation, I feel confidence," Ciriaco said.
Andrew Miller pulled Boston out of a dicey jam in the seventh and got the first two outs of the eighth before Andruw Jones doubled. Martin lined Aceves' first pitch to center, and Jones scored without a play.
It was the fifth blown save for Aceves in 27 chances.
Martin moved up on a wild pitch but was stranded when Ichiro Suzuki flied out. Suzuki stranded five runners on the night.
"Usually with this offense you're going to get some good results, but it just didn't happen today," Kuroda said through a translator.
Aceves plunked Nick Swisher with a two-out pitch in the 10th, then struck out pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez to end it. After winning a nine-pitch battle with Ibanez, Aceves pumped his fist hard in front of the mound.
Kuroda allowed seven hits over eight innings in his latest strong outing.
"We didn't really have a lot of opportunities," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Doubront was tough on us, and he's been tough on us all three of his starts."
|Pedro Ciriaco bloops a 10th-inning single into shallow right field to drive in the go-ahead run for the Red Sox. (AP)|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Carl Crawford, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Cody Ross, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.260|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||2||2||0||0||2||0||1||.231|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.300|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.265|
|Pedro Ciriaco, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.349|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (6, Kuroda), Ryan Sweeney (19, Kuroda)|
|RBI - Ryan Sweeney 2 (16), Pedro Ciriaco (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Sweeney 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Pedroia-Ciriaco-Gonzalez|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Andrew Miller (H,12)||1.1||1||1||1||0||1||0||2.81|
|Alfredo Aceves (BS,5; W,2-6)||2.1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.57|
|HBP - Swisher (by Alfredo Aceves)|
|WP - Alfredo Aceves (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 109-68, Matt Albers 3-2, Andrew Miller 17-12, Alfredo Aceves 37-27|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 4-6, Andrew Miller 2-1, Alfredo Aceves 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 27, Matt Albers 1, Andrew Miller 5, Alfredo Aceves 9|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.306|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.248|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.258|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.312|
|Nick Swisher, DH||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.261|
|Ramiro Pena, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andruw Jones, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.224|
|a- Raul Ibanez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.239|
|Russell Martin, C||2||1||2||2||2||0||0||.189|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||5||.261|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.244|
|b- Eric Chavez, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|a-struck out for A. Jones in the 10th|
|b-struck out for Nix in the 9th|
|2B - Andruw Jones (6, Miller)|
|HR - Russell Martin (12, Doubront)|
|RBI - Russell Martin 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (12)|
|SB - Ichiro Suzuki (17, 2nd base off Albers/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Nix-Cano-Teixeira, Kuroda-Cano-Teixeira, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Nix-Cano-Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|David Robertson (L,1-4)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||2.20|
|HBP - Crawford (by Rafael Soriano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 102-64, Rafael Soriano 8-6, David Robertson 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 11-5, Rafael Soriano 1-2, David Robertson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 28, Rafael Soriano 4, David Robertson 5|
|Attendance - 48526|
|Game Time - 3:42|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tom Hallion|