Robinson Cano gave the Yankees an early lead as he hit an RBI ground out to score Derek Jeter in the top of the first inning, but the Red Sox would come back to take a 2-1 lead in the third inning with a pair of RBI singles.
The score would remain 2-1 until the sixth inning, when Jeter hit a two RBI ground rule double to score Curtis Granderson and Andruw Jones, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
However, New York could not hold the lead for long, as Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia picked up his second RBI of the game with a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the inning.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed three runs in six and a third innings, ran into some trouble in the seventh inning and was relieved by Boone Logan with runners on first and second and just one out. Logan then gave up an infield single to load the bases, so Joba Chamberlain was brought in. Chamberlain was able to get out of the jam, getting the final two outs of the inning without allowing Boston to score, keeping the game tied.
Set up man David Robertson came in for the eighth inning, striking out all three batters of the inning.
Robertson came out to pitch the ninth as well, but allowed three straight one-out singles, with Ellsbury delivering the game-winning hit, to give Boston a walk off 4-3 victory. Robertson is now 1-7 this season.
The Yankees and Red Sox will play game two of the series at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston. Each of these games is very important to the Yankees, as they are currently tied with the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.
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