Needing just one win to clinch the AL East crown, the Yankees had the opportunity to do so, not only at home, but by sweeping bitter rival Boston with their 100th win of the season. After being pushed back an hour due to rain, the Yankees and Red Sox took the field and locked into a close battle. Both pitchers kept the offenses limited, but in the end the Yankee bats came through with the 4-2 victory and some champagne to pop open.
Pettitte got a quick two outs to start the game, but gave up a double to Jason Bay and walked Kevin Youkilis. After walking Ortiz, the bases were loaded for Mike Lowell who sent a hit back at Andy, which deflected off his foot and let Bay score, giving Boston the 1-0 early lead. Pettitte found himself in trouble again in the third, with Bay and Youkilis singling and Ortiz walking. Lowell grounded into a double play, but Bay scored and Boston had built a 2-0 edge.
The Yankees got that run back quickly, as Melky Cabrera started off the bottom of the third with a solo shot to right field. The Yankees had a chance to pick up another run in the fifth, when Swisher led off with a double. He got to third on a pop fly, but the umpire called him out for leaving early. Replays showed the Swisher had definitely not left early. Melky followed with a single, which would have scored Swish, but instead the Yankees remained down 2-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bombers finally broke through. With two outs, Teixeira singled to center. Alex Rodriguez followed with a great at bat. He made Byrd throw ten pitches before he drove a single to center. The Red Sox then pulled Byrd for Takashi Saito. A wild pitch by Saito allowed the Yankee runners to move up and Matsui slapped the ball into right, dropping right in front of J.D. Drew and plating Teix and Alex, giving the Pinstripes the 3-2 lead. Teixeira would start off the eighth by sending a solo homer to right for some insurance, but Mo wouldn’t need it. Despite giving up a single and getting another runner on due to a fielding error by Cano, Mo closed the game out, getting Ellsbury to ground back to him for the final out of the game.
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