Red Sox - 000 000 101 - 2 9 0 Yankees - 021 000 10x - 4 8 0The Red Sox could do little with Andy Pettitte (8-8-1-1-3, 94) and a ninth-inning rally against Mariano Rivera fell short. The Yankees turned three double plays.
Boston threatened to score in the first inning. Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli singled, and both runners took off on a two-out wild pitch. Victorino rounded third, saw Pettitte was not covering the plate, and dashed home. However, catcher Francisco Cervilli was not far from the plate and he was able to race back and tag Victorino out. The Red Sox would not get another runner past first base until there were two outs in the seventh inning.
By that time, the Yankees led 3-0. Lyle Overbay's two-out, two-run single in the second put the Red Sox behind for the first time this season. Brett Gardner hit a solo home run in the third.
With two outs in the seventh, Will Middlebrooks singled and Jackie Bradley doubled him home. With a chance to tie the game, David Ross flied to deep left-center. Cervelli homered off Clayton Mortensen in the bottom half of the inning to restore New York's three-run lead.
Rivera, in his first appearance of the season, began the top of the ninth by walking Dustin Pedroia. After Napoli flied to right, Jonny Gomes lined a double down the left field line. Boston had the potential tying run at the plate, but Middlebrooks grounded out to first (Pedroia scored) and Bradley was rung up on strikes.
Dempster (5-5-3-4-8, 101) allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in each of the first four inning. He threw a lot of pitches and never really looked in charge.
NESN is missing pitches again. In fact, they almost missed Jose Iglesias's entire at-bat to start the eighth inning.