The Yankees were able to draw first blood in the third as Derek Jeter hit an RBI single off of Josh Beckett. (Jeter finished 2-3 while seeing only six pitches) The Sox responded immediately as Dustin Pedroia made a sacrifice to bring in Scutaro and Jed Lowrie made Phil Hughes pay for intentiontally walking Ortiz with an RBI single to make it 2-1.
Then Ortiz decided to have his own retribution against Hughes with his 28th homer to center to make it 4-1. The Yankees would then come back against Josh Beckett as Eric Chavez hit one down the right field line and it takes a funny bounce that crossed up Josh Reddick and the Yankees regained the lead.
It wouldn't take long for the Sox to retaliate as the Captain managed to hit a tough pitch with the hit and run on and managed to sneak down all the way to the Monster to bring home Reddick and tie it up. Then Ellsbury comes up and hits one that was JUST high enough to make it into the Monster seats to make it 7-5. He finished the night 2-5 and getting some loud chants of "MVP" at Fenway.
Beckett then came out and threw a nine pitch seventh inning against the heart of the Yankees' order. He was done after that, allowing four earned runs and six hits. He struck out eight and walked three. It wasn't his best outing but the way he came back after giving up the 4-spot in the sixth was great. Also good to see him get a win after so many no decisions when he's been lights out.
From there the combination of Bard and Papelbon shut the door but the Captain decided to put a cherry on top of this win, hitting his 10th home run in the eighth. It's now his 11th season in which he has hit ten plus homers in a season. Not bad considering he's only played 58 games this season. He's on a six game hitting streak (8-22 during the streak).
The Sox have a great opportunity to take the series as they face AJ Burnett in the finale.