Boston rallies, beats Rivera after Thames’ error

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Papelbon made sure the Yankees will need to win their protest for a shot at a victory in this one. The Red Sox closer certainly wouldn’t let New York rally again.

A night after blowing a save opportunity, Papelbon stopped the Yankees in the ninth inning Tuesday after Jeremy Hermida hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off Mariano Rivera in the top half, and Boston took advantage of two late errors to rally from an early five-run deficit for a 7-6 victory.

” I was hoping all night long I would get another chance,” Papelbon said. ” It’s a heavyweight fight. They might get one good blow in but they’re not going to knock me down.”

New York played the game under protest after beleaguered Boston ace Josh Beckett left with back tightness following Robinson Cano ‘s two-run double in the fifth that made it 5-0.

Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell went to the mound and, after a brief discussion, signaled to the bullpen. Boston manager Terry Francona and a trainer walked briskly to the mound when they saw Farrell’s gesture.

Beckett missed his previous turn in the rotation due to back spasms. But he said this injury wasn’t that serious.

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