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Ellsbury’s 3-Run Home Run in 14th Downs Yankees

Jacoby Ellsbury (Credit Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Ellsbury Lifts Red Sox

As the Red Sox playoff hopes are dwindling by the minute, Jacoby Ellsbury kept the Red sox head above water late Sunday night belting a three-run home run in the top of the 14th inning to down the Yankees 7-4.

Lackey Slow Start, Strong Finish

John Lackey took the mound in the biggest game of his Red Sox career and allowed three runs in the first inning. It looked like it was going to be another bad night for the Red Sox, but Lackey settled down pitching six plus innings allowing four runs (three earned), five hits while walking three and striking out four.

Bullpen Was Brilliant

The real story of the night was the Red Sox bullpen. Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon, Franklin Morales and Felix Doubront combined for eight scoreless innings while striking out seven Yankee batters.

Bottom of the Order Contributes

As the Red Sox trailed 3-0, it was the bottom of the order that got the rallied started with Jed Lowrie, J.D. Drew, Marco Scutaro and Jason Varitek.

Sox Maintain Lead

In a must-win game, the Red Sox battled all night maintaining a one-game lead in the Wild Card race with three games to play. The Sox will look to Beckett in Game 1 versus the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

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