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Red Sox Edge Yankees 2-1 On Napoli Blast

Mike Napoli homers in the 9th. / Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Boston slugger Mike Napoli homered in the top of the ninth, and closer Koji Uehara retired the Yankees in order in the bottom of the inning, as the Red Sox defeated New York, 2-1 Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee 11-game winner Masihero Tanaka held the Red Sox in check for eight innings, allowing only a David Ross home run in the 3rd.  Lefty Jon Lester didn’t allow a hit through the first five innings for Boston, but the Yankees tied the score 1-1 on a run-scoring groundout.

It stayed that way till the top of the ninth when Napoli lined a Tanaka fastball into the right field stands with two outs.  It was his tenth homer of the year.  Boston’s closer, Uehara, came on in the bottom of the inning to retire the Yankees 1-2-3 with two strikeouts. Lester was dominant, pitching eight innings, and allowing just one run.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two singles for New York.  Boston’s Dustin Pedroia had three hits for Boston, and made an outstanding defensive play in the infield to start a double play..

The two teams wrap up the series Sunday night at 8:05.  You can hear the action on WBSM beginning with the pre-game show at 7:20.

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