NEW YORK -- Continuing their pattern of win one, lose one that has now stretched over eight games, the Red Sox fell, 5-1, to Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees, who kept their flickering postseason hopes alive in front of a crowd of 40,007 in Yankee Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo, the Jersey boy who was 7 when he first came to Yankee Stadium and laid eyes on Derek Jeter, realized a dream by pitching in the Bronx against his childhood hero, though he would have preferred a better ending.
Ranaudo, who beat the Yankees in his big-league debut on Aug. 1 and had won a dozen straight decisions since June 1 -- nine in Triple-A Pawtucket, three for Boston -- was touched for three runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Jeter singled off Ranaudo in his first at-bat, but was erased when an attempted double steal by the Bombers imploded in the worst way imaginable, both baserunners being erased by the Sox.
With Jeter breaking for third, catcher Christian Vazquez threw to second, causing the trailing runner, Brett Gardner, to pull up short of the bag and initiate a rundown. While Jeter lingered off third base, second baseman Jemile Weeks, making his first start for the Sox, whirled and fired to third baseman Brock Holt, who applied the tag to Jeter as he dived back into the bag. Holt then gunned a throw to second base, which was being covered by first baseman Allen Craig, to nail Gardner as he slid into second.
Ellsbury later tripled and scored in the seventh, when the Yankees pushed two more runs across against reliever Alex Wilson.
Boston’s only run came when Weeks was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Holt.