Curtis Granderson led off the 10th inning with a tiebreaking homer off Jonathan Papelbon and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1. Granderson hit an 0-and-1 pitch into the right-field seats against Papelbon for his second homer in three games with his new team. Granderson also homered on Sunday night.
Then, after three walks issued by Papelbon, Mark Teixeira drove in the final run on a groundout as the Red Sox wasted an effective performance by John Lackey in his first appearance since signing an $82.5 million, five-year free agent contract. Lackey allowed three hits in six innings (with three strikeouts) and left with a 1-0 lead.
Chan Ho Park allowed one hit in three scoreless innings after Andy Pettitte’s start, and Mariano Rivera pitched the 10th for his second save. Pettitte was as effective as Lackey, pitching 6 innings, allowing six hits, one run, walking three, and striking out four.
After an expletive-filled tirade to the Boston media after last night’s game, David Ortiz responded, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third with his first hit in nine at bats. Ortiz’s single scored Dustin Pedroia. That hit was Ortiz’s only offensive performance, in his other three at-bats, Ortiz ended innings with two strikeouts and a groundout.
The Yankees tied the game in the seventh after Jorge Posada doubled off Scott Schoeneweis. Daniel Bard relieved and, on an 0-and-2 count, allowed Nick Swisher’s game-tying single.
The Yankees are off Thursday before heading back to Tampa to take on the Rays in a three-game series. Javier Vazquez will have his first start of the season on Friday.
Photo above from the AP.