Sunday, August 3, 2014

Yankees Rally Multiple Times to Win Rubber Game Over Red Sox

David Phelps surrendered five earned runs in just two innings and David Ortiz hit a two-run home run off Chase Whitley, but thanks to great offensive performances by Stephen Drew and Brett Gardner the Yankees found a way to beat the Red Sox, 8-7, in tonight's rubber game at Fenway.

In this evening's bottom of the first, Phelps, who hasn't lost consecutive starts in two months, gave up three trips around the bases, putting the Yanks in a rough position to start things.

Fortunetaly, though, they'd quickly come back in the next frame, bringing home a trio when the aforementioned Drew beat out a routine double play ball with the bases loaded and Brett Gardner tied it with a two-run double down the right field line.

Yes, Phelps would give most of that back in the bottom of the inning when Dustin Pedroia skied a homer over the green monster, but still, New York had established an offensive threat, something they'd use again against Clay Buchholz (5 IP, 7 ER) in the fourth, fifth, and sixth.

To begin their rally that was briefly interrupted on the aforementioned shot by Ortiz, the Yankees made it 5-4 on an RBI Double by Drew, before really coming to life with two outs in the top of the fifth.

After Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira were retired to begin the at-bat, Carlos Beltran collected an extra-base hit and Brian McCann walked, bringing up Chase Headley and Drew, who contributed another RBI Double and evened the score with a two-run single, respectively. 

Then in the sixth, Brett Gardner took Craig Breslow deep to right, finally giving the Yanks the lead, an accomplishment that wouldn't end up going for nothing thanks to a three shutout frames from Esmil Rogers and the usual heroics from the Dellin Betances/David Robertson duo.

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