The Yankees are finding unique ways to lose these days as they were walked off by the Red Sox in a 4-3 loss at Fenway despite Jon Lester walking seven batters.
Surprise, surprise it was Pedro Ciriaco who scored the game winner in the bottom of the ninth on a base hit by Jacoby Ellsbury. Ciriaco, Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia did all of the damage going a combined 9-for-12 with four runs scored and four RBI’s.
The lone silver lining may have been Joba Chamberlain‘s appearance in the seventh inning. After a series of unfortunate plays loaded the bases (a bunt single, E-2, and an infield single when Boone Logan forgot to cover first), Joba came in and got a pair of big outs in the highest leverage situation he’s pitched in yet. That kept the game tied at 3-3, but as soon as Ciriaco, Ellsbury, and Pedroia came up again Boston won the game.
The loss coupled with an Orioles victory over the Rays puts the Yankees in a tie for first place in the AL East again. The Rays remain two games out of first.