Small ball kept the Yankees in this game, but it wasn’t enough to win it. Mike Napoli’s walk-off home run gave the Red Sox a wild 8-7 win in this series finale at Fenway Park. After taking an early lead — then losing it — the Yankees tied the game at 7 in the seventh, scoring two runs on a combination of singles, walks and errors, the same three things that helped generate all of their runs without the benefit of a single extra-base hit. Boone Logan struck out three in a row in the seventh, and Shawn Kelley struck out five in a row in the ninth and 10th. In between, Dave Robertson pulled his Houdini act in the eighth, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam. But the Yankees couldn’t take advantage of a two-on, one-out opportunity in the 10th, and Eduardo Nunez was out on a blown call stealing second in the 11th. Adam Warren was out out away from a perfect 11th before Napoli went deep. The Yankees gave Sabathia an early 3-0 lead, but that disappeared in a four-run third inning when Mike Napoli launched a three-run, go-ahead homer. The Red Sox chipped away for two more runs in the fourth, then Jonny Gomes hit a massive solo homer in the fifth for a temporary 7-3 lead. It was the 23rd home run allowed by Sabathia, one more than he’s allowed in any other full season.
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