The Red Sox fell 4-3 in twelve innings to the Yankees Tuesday night, failing to hold their all-time rivals for the Orioles to catch up.
With Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia making their return to the Red Sox lineup, Tuesday night's game would start very differently from Monday's. Ellsbury found center field with a leadoff single, and right behind him Pedroia smacked a double into the gap in right-center to score the speedy center fielder from first. Pedroia would score on a Cody Ross sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 2-0.
The Yankees, meanwhile, would manage to break through against Lester in the second like they did with Buchholz, but with nowhere near the magnitude. Instead it was just an errant throw and stolen base that allowed an infield single to score. One unearned run in is quite a bit better than the eight earned allowed by Buchholz last time.
And for much of the game, that would be that. Jon Lester relied on some double plays to escape trouble before exiting in the fifth with some sort of leg injury, while David Phelps held the Red Sox to a baserunner an inning before handing it off to the pen in the sixth.
Both pens would do good work of holding the score right up until the ninth. First it was Rafael Soriano's turn to fail, surrendering a loud bomb into the second deck in right field to James Loney, but that was just the opening act to Andrew Bailey. Just needing three outs, Bailey got one, and not until after he'd allowed Raul Ibanez to tie the game with a two-run rocket to right of his own. Bailey would then proceed to load the bases before being yanked for Mark Melancon, who managed to get out of the jam to send the game to extra innings.
The tie would hold through the tenth and the eleventh, with Jacoby Ellsbury saving the game with a big catch on Alex Rodriguez, crashing into the wall to prevent a walkoff double. Andrew Miller would enter the game in the twelfth, however, and after two outs, lost control. Walking two batters, Miller brought none other than Raul Ibanez to the plate again, and all he needed was a simple ground ball that found the hole into left field. Game over.