It wasn’t easy though. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning when Granderson hit a solo shot and Cano hit a two-run homer. The Sox got a run back that inning though to make it 3-1. Then when the Yankees made it 5-1 on a two-run shot by Granderson in the seventh, the Sox came right back again to make it 5-3.
Then in the ninth inning, Rafael Soriano made it interesting as Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered to make it 5-4. In a rare break for the Yankees lately, he still managed to save the game despite not having his best stuff.
Speaking of bad breaks, Derek Jeter left the game in the eighth inning with a bone bruise in his ankle. He’s been dealing with it for a little while now, but it looked bad as he limped off the field. Hopefully he can play through it though because Eduardo Nunez is not the person who is going to save this season.
An exciting moment in the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Soriano struck out Cody Ross to end the inning. It was a curveball low and away that was called for strike three. Ross immediately pulled the bat over his head like he was going to beat the home plate umpire with it. He didn’t though. He was ejected along with Bobby Valentine and another Red Sox coach before play was resumed. Ross is probably getting a suspension.
While all of this was going on, Kyle Farnsworth was busy blowing the game in walk off style for the Rays and lost 3-2 to the Orioles. The O’s maintain their first place tie with the Yankees while the Rays fall three games back. Having distance from the Rays is huge, particularly with a three game series against them coming up, but standing alone in first place would be even bigger.