Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Red Sox Get to Robertson in 10th

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Red Sox Get to Robertson in 10th

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NEW YORK -- The blooper barely reached the outfield grass, nothing more than a glorified popup that found a place to fall.

Pedro Ciriaco hardly had crushed his 10th-inning RBI single off David Robertson.

But he didn't need to.

One day after the Red Sox stole a ninth-inning victory when Curtis Granderson misplayed a drive to center field, Boston grabbed another last-inning win Sunday night, 3-2, on a single that barely traveled 120 feet.

But it was enough in the rubber game of the series.

And it was yet another nationally-televised Yankee-Red Sox game destined to end dramatically.

And did it ever end dramatically.

Robertson walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia to open the 10th.

Then things got weird.

Robertson appeared to have hit the next batter, Will Middlebrooks, on the right wrist with a pitch, which then ricocheted off home plate umpire Brian O'Nora's lower leg.

Both fell to the dirt.

But the umpires ruled that the ball went off Middlebrooks bat, bringing Boston manager Bobby Valentine out of the dugout to argue.

He was ejected, as was pitcher Josh Beckett, who was jawing from the dugout.

But despite the controversy, Middlebrooks eventually got his base, reaching on a single and sending Saltalamacchia to second.

Then after a Ryan Sweeney fielder's choice forced Middlebrooks at second, Ciriaco's blooper dropped to the grass and scored Saltalamacchia.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was splendid, allowing two runs on seven hits in eight innings.

But he was undone by one pitch in the second inning -- a two-run Ryan Sweeney double as the Red Sox led 2-0 until the seventh.

Kuroda had held Boston to those two runs with the help of four double plays, .

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront's was even more dominant in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed just one run on four hits and struck out eight.

The 24-year-old left-hander in his first full season was a riddle the Yankees just could not seem to solve.

Doubront had yielded only one hit through five innings and two through six -- both coming from Nick Swisher. …

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