Victorino’s 10th-inning RBI helps Red Sox top Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) – Stephen Drew of the Red Sox hit a tying single off the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single off Boone Logan in the 10th and Boston beat New York 9-8 on Thursday.
“Just a character win, a team win,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Victorino’s at-bat in the 10th continued after first-base umpire Joe West ruled the St. Anthony High School graduate checked his swing on a 1-2 pitch – Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was ejected after arguing the call.
“It’s frustrating because, you know what, I thought he went. But you have to be able to overcome things,” said New York manager Joe Girardi, whose team had rallied from a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh.
Victorino had led off the fifth inning with a homer.
Craig Breslow (5-2) earned the win, and Koji Uehara recorded his 18th save, extending his scoreless streak to 26 innings over 23 games.
Rivera entered in the ninth with an 8-7 lead and got two quick outs. Mike Napoli then singled on a full count and pinch runner Quintin Berry stole second base and continued to third when catcher Austin Romine’s errant throw bounced away. Rivera squandered a save for the sixth time in 47 tries, a day after the career leader in saves was needed for four outs.
Chamberlain (2-1) was the losing pitcher.