Jonathan Papelbon allowed in one run but battled through the ninth inning to notch his 200th career save for Boston Red Sox to win over the New York Yankees 6-4 last night in the Bronx. The six-year veteran was thrown out of last Saturday’s contest and was later issued a three-game suspension after arguing called balls and strikes.
In need of a positive outing, Papelbon was able to reach the 200 milestone in 359 appearances, besting Mariano Rivera’s previous mark of 382 games. “This is something that is obviously very special to me,” he said. “But after all is said and done, I’ll think about it a little bit tonight and tomorrow move forward, keep doing what I’m doing.”
David Ortiz belted a two-run shot in the fifth inning to give Boston a commanding 6-1 lead. The Yankees responded with three runs of their own but couldn’t fully recover from there. Derek Jeter came up with two hits to move within 12 of 3,000 for New York. The Sox find themselves just one game behind the Yankees in the AL East. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!