Derek Jeter connected on a three-run home run in the 8th inning last night to help the New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox 4-3, moving them within 4 1/2 games of the AL East Division lead. With the win, the Yankees also extended their Wild Card lead to 2 1/2 games over the Detroit Tigers.
Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling faced off for the first time since Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, with the former allowed 1 unearned run and the latter accounting for all four of the runs scored by the Yankees. Schilling gave up a solo home run to Robinson Cano in the fifth inning, a shot to left over the Green Monster.
The game was hardly without dramatics, as Mariano Rivera put himself in trouble in the ninth, eventually retiring David Ortiz on a pop out with the bases loaded. Rivera seemed to be cruising along, but with two outs and a runner on he proceeded to hit Jacoby Ellsbury (who’s 13 game hitting streak came to an end) and then walked Dustin Pedroia, bringing Ortiz to the plate. However, on a 2-2 count, Rivera was able to get Ortiz to fly out to short center, which was caught by Derek Jeter.