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Once-safe lead not enough
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Yankees 8, Red Sox 7
Hideki Okajima recorded one out and allowed two homers on Friday. (Steven Senne/AP)
 Perdoia's two-run single
The Red Sox carried a five-run lead into the eighth inning, but the bullpen's two most reliable arms -- Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon -- combined to give up six runs on six hits in the inning, nullifying a gritty start by Daisuke Matsuzaka. The loss cut Boston's AL East lead to 4 1/2 games.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (84-63)
Won 1
NY Yankees 8, Boston 7   BOS
Boston (89-59)
Lost 1
September 14, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0   8 12 2
Boston
0 1 1 3 0 2 0 0 0   7 13 2
Standings thru 9/14/07  |  Gameday  |  Yankees Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, DH6141011.265
Jeter, SS6111025.313
Abreu, RF4112110.286
Rodriguez, 3B4011021.316
Posada, C4220104.339
Matsui, LF4011115.290
Giambi, 1B3111223.243
  Mientkiewicz, 1B0000000.225
Cano, 2B5111025.298
Cabrera, CF3100203.286
Totals39812871127 

BATTING
2B: Posada 2 (40, Matsuzaka, Matsuzaka), Damon 2 (23, Okajima, Gagne), Abreu (34, Papelbon).
3B: Matsui (3, Matsuzaka).
HR: Giambi (14, 8th inning off Okajima, 0 on, 0 out), Cano (17, 8th inning off Okajima, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Damon 6; Jeter; Abreu 2; Rodriguez; Posada 4; Matsui 3; Giambi 4; Cano 4.
RBI: Matsui (94), Damon (58), Giambi (35), Cano (83), Jeter (63), Abreu 2 (96), Rodriguez (141).
2-out RBI: Damon.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui 2; Jeter 3; Giambi.
GIDP: Cabrera.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Jeter (17, throw), Giambi (1, fielding).
PB: Posada 2 (12).
Outfield assists: Cabrera (Ortiz at home).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lugo, SS5110014.241
Pedroia, 2B5112002.326
Ortiz, DH4120101.322
Lowell, 3B5121023.326
  1-Crisp, PR0000000.272
  Clayton, 3B0000000.253
Youkilis, 1B4121103.289
Drew, RF5021023.264
Varitek, C3000223.256
Kielty, LF5110016.247
Ellsbury, CF5121021.375
Totals41713641026 


1-Ran for Lowell in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz (45, Pettitte), Kielty (3, Pettitte).
TB: Lugo; Pedroia; Ortiz 3; Lowell 2; Youkilis 2; Drew 2; Kielty 2; Ellsbury 2.
RBI: Ellsbury (11), Pedroia 2 (49), Lowell (104), Youkilis (81), Drew (51).
2-out RBI: Ellsbury; Youkilis; Drew.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lowell; Lugo; Varitek; Drew 2; Kielty 2.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ellsbury (5, 2nd base off Pettitte/Posada), Lugo (30, 3rd base off Veras/Posada).
CS: Crisp (6, 2nd base by Vizcaino/Posada).

FIELDING
E: Lugo (19, missed catch), Pedroia (6, throw).
DP: (Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis).

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pettitte 4.09542503.89
Veras 1.22221106.00
Henn 0.01001007.49
Bruney (W, 3-1)1.10000103.72
Vizcaino (H, 11)1.00000104.09
Rivera (S, 27)1.01000202.91
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matsuzaka 5.24225704.41
Timlin (H, 8)0.11000103.22
Lopez 0.20001103.05
Okajima 0.13441022.28
Papelbon (BS, 3)(L, 1-3)1.03220201.82
Gagne 1.01000003.77

Henn pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Okajima pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

IBB: Ortiz (by Veras).
HBP: Rodriguez (by Matsuzaka).
Pitches-strikes: Pettitte 101-58, Veras 39-20, Henn 10-5, Bruney 17-9, Vizcaino 10-7, Rivera 13-10, Matsuzaka 120-64, Timlin 13-9, Lopez 13-7, Okajima 19-9, Papelbon 18-13, Gagne 15-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Pettitte 3-3, Veras 2-2, Henn 0-0, Bruney 2-1, Vizcaino 1-1, Rivera 0-1, Matsuzaka 5-5, Timlin 0-0, Lopez 0-1, Okajima 0-1, Papelbon 1-0, Gagne 0-3.
Batters faced: Pettitte 24, Veras 8, Henn 2, Bruney 4, Vizcaino 3, Rivera 4, Matsuzaka 27, Timlin 2, Lopez 3, Okajima 5, Papelbon 6, Gagne 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Henn 2-1, Bruney 3-0, Timlin 3-1, Okajima 1-0, Papelbon 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Gary Cederstrom. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: Tim Welke.
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, Out to LF.
T: 4:43.
Att: 36,590.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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