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Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Admit it...you didn't see this one coming.

Down to their last strike in the top of the ninth inning with no one on base and trailing 8-7, the Red Sox scored the tying off Mariano Rivera, and the winning run off Joba Chamberlain in the tenth to beat the Yankees 9-8 in the opening game of their four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Boston had jumped out to a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th inning when the Yankees erupted for six runs off a combination of starter Jake Peavy and relievers Matt Thornton and Junichi Tazawa.

Batting with two out and two strikes on him in the top of the ninth, Mike Napoli singled off Rivera. Pinch runner Quintin Berry (insert obligatory Dave Roberts reference here) stole second and moved to third on catcher Austin Romine's throwing error. Berry subsequently scored on Stephen Drew's single to tie the game.

With one out in the tenth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled off Chamberlain, stole second, and scored on Shane Victorino's (pictured) single.

Craig Breslow got the win with two scoreless innings of relief; Koji Uehara threw a perfect ninth inning striking out two for his eighteenth save.

Ellsbury led a sixteen-hit Red Sox offense with a double and two singles; Victorino, David Ortiz, Napoli, Ryan Lavarnway, and Will Middlebrooks each had two hits. Victorino and Middlebrooks both homered for Boston.

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Jim Monaghan 9/06/2013 07:07:00 AM Edit
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