The Red Sox had already won the series with the Minnesota Twins, so Terry Francona decided to give Dustin Pedroia the night off, his first in two months.
It was a pitcher's duel between Jon Lester and Nick Blackburn, and it was 2-1 in the 8th until David Ortiz blasted an opposite field home run to tie it.
Lester came out for the 8th, but walked the first hitter, and then gave up an RBI double. Tito wanted to spare the pen, but Alfredo Aceves came in and promptly let in two more runs.
A 5-2 loss. Nothing devastating to be sure. The Red Sox still win yet another road series, their eighth straight, which continues to be a new team record.
The Red Sox are an amazing 35-22 away from Fenway Park, just a half-game behind the Phillies for MLB's best road record. The head for Seattle and begin a weekend series with the Mariners after today's off day.
New York's win last night cuts the Sox lead to 1 1/2 games.
Well, some good news came out yesterday: the World Series will not be played in November this season. Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled for October 27. Here is the schedule.