A game that had been following a perfect script for the Red Sox was instead foiled by the heroics of a Yankees newcomer. After New York plated a run in the seventh to tie the game, 1-1, Curtis Granderson blasted a Jonathan Papelbon fastball deep into the right field grandstand in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Yankees past the Sox in an eventual 3-1 win.
Granderson, acquired by the Yankees in a trade this offseason, foiled the Sox debut of John Lackey, who was brilliant in his first start for his new club. Lackey tossed six shutout innings, and stood to claim the victory on a night when David Ortiz delivered his first hit of the young season, an RBI single that seemed like it might be enough to give the Sox a 1-0 victory.
But then, the Yankees pieced together a run in the top of the seventh when Victor Martinez proved unable to handle the short-hop on J.D. Drew’s throw home, allowing Jorge Posada to clamber home and tie the game, 1-1. That sent the game to extras, where the Yankees plated a pair of runs (both charged to Papelbon) in the 10th. Mariano Rivera locked down career save No. 528 to secure the victory.
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