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Yankees beat Sox in 16

By GETHIN COOLBAUGH
The Sports Xchange

July 16. 2017 3:43AM
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) beats diving New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) to first base for the out on an infield ground ball during the third inning at Fenway Park on Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON - Didi Gregorius ripped a go-ahead RBI single to highlight a three-run 16th inning for the New York Yankees in a 4-1 win over the rival Boston Red Sox in a five-hour, 50-minute game Saturday at Fenway Park.

Jacoby Ellsbury doubled off Red Sox reliever Doug Fister (0-3) to open the Yankees 16th. Chase Headley's bloop single to center field put runners on first and third to set up Gregorius' single to center.

Austin Romine followed with another RBI single and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly after a Ronald Torreyes sacrifice bunt and Fister's intentional walk to Brett Gardner.

Matt Holliday clubbed a game-tying solo homer in the ninth, his 16th of the season, for New York (46-42), which bounced back after blowing a 4-3 ninth-inning lead in Friday's 5-4 loss.

New York had lost 19 of its last 26 games coming in and pulled within 3½ games of American League East-leading Boston (51-40).

Yankees starter Luis Severino permitted only one run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven frames.

Ben Heller (1-0) struck out three and pitched the final two frames to earn the win.

Boston starter Chris Sale, the American League starter in the All-Star Game last Tuesday, matched a season high with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Sale became the first Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2003 with multiple 10-plus strikeout games against the Yankees in a single season.

The southpaw allowed just three hits and two walks before being relieved by Craig Kimbrel, who proceeded to blow his second save since July 3 and his first at Fenway.

Kimbrel had converted a Fenway-record 30 consecutive saves.

Mitch Moreland drove in the lone run for Boston, which suffered just its second loss in nine extra-inning games this season.

Sale was greeted with an ovation when he came back out to start the eighth, but the cheers turned to boos when manager John Farrell gave him the hook with two outs, a runner on first and Aaron Judge coming to the plate.

After a 10-pitch at-bat, Kimbrel coaxed Judge into an inning-ending fly out to right field.

Kimbrel wasn't as fortunate in the ninth as Holliday took him deep to lead off the inning, sending a 1-1 pitch approximately 443 feet over the Green Monster in left.

Dellin Betances tossed a scoreless ninth to push the game to extras.

A strange sequence highlighted the Yankees' 11th as Ellsbury sent a grounder to first with Holliday on first.

Moreland fielded the ball on a bounce and fired to second for the first out, but Holliday turned around and slid back into first just as Ellsbury reached.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts' throw to first was blocked by Holliday, leading an umpires review for a rules check.

The original call that Ellsbury was safe was upheld after a nearly five-minute review. Farrell told the umpires that the Red Sox would play the rest of the game under protest.

Red Sox reliever Blaine Boyer was removed from the game in the 13th inning with right elbow tightness.

Bogaerts' infield single with one out in the third loaded the bases for Moreland, who drove a ball to center for a sacrifice fly.


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