Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4
September, 12, 2012
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The New York Yankees come out of Wednesday night worried about shortstop Derek Jeter, who apparently sprained an ankle trying to beat out a double-play grounder in the eighth. That's the kind of thing that keeps a playoff contender up at night.
The Boston Red Sox come out of the night shaking their heads over Alfredo Aceves, who took his cue from Ferdinand Magellan and circumnavigated the mound when Bobby Valentine came to take him out of the game, rather than taking the direct route and crossing paths with the manager.
But that wasn't Boston's sole source of aggravation. Cody Ross was ejected by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after briefly raising his bat over his head in menacing fashion after being called out on strikes to end the eighth, soon to be followed by Valentine and third-base coach Jerry Royster.
It was the kind of scene you'd expect to see from a team locked in a tight race, not a team playing for nothing but a modicum of pride.
All the sound and fury, and the Yankees still won 5-4, but not before Valentine made some history. His ejection was the sixth of the season, most ever by anyone in a Red Sox uniform: player, coach, manager.
No one ever said it hasn't been a show.
Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, one over each bullpen, to drive in three runs. Robinson Cano went over the Monster for a two-run home run in the fourth, the same inning Granderson hit his first one off Aaron Cook (the second was surrendered by Aceves).
The Yanks had a 5-1 lead until the Sox countered with a pair in the seventh. Doubles by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Daniel Nava, and an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Mauro Gomez and RBI double by pinch hitter Mike Aviles made a game of it. James Loney hit a two-out double in the eighth, but Ross was called out on a full-count pitch from Rafael Soriano, the seventh Yankees pitcher of the night.
Ross, who had taken a half-step toward first base, turned around toward the plate with his bat wielded like a club as he confronted Marquez, who took a step back. Ross lowered the bat but continued in full-throated rage at the umpire, breaking away from Valentine, who kept himself between the player and umpire.
Saltalamacchia, who earlier had doubled and tripled, led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to draw the Sox within a run. Nava followed with a drive to the wall in left that was caught, and Gomez rolled out to second for the second out. But Aviles hit a comebacker that glanced off Soriano's glove for an error.
That brought up Jacoby Ellsbury, who had won Tuesday night's game with a walk-off single. This time, Ellsbury hit a one-hopper back to the mound, and the Yankees were able to hold on to a share of first place in the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays with a walk-off of their own Wednesday night.