One long day, one good win

October, 3, 2010
10/03/10
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BOSTON -- It was a long day for the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and it ended with the clubs splitting a pair of extra-inning games in their doubleheader Saturday at Fenway Park.

After the Yankees took the matinee 6-5 in 10 innings, the Red Sox rebounded to win the nightcap 7-6 on Eric Patterson’s RBI walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

It was a total of eight hours and 18 minutes worth of baseball.

“It was a long day of baseball,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

The Red Sox end their season on Sunday, while the Yankees prepare for the postseason. But the way Boston celebrated its victory in the wee hours of Sunday morning it was as though the Sox were still alive in the AL East.

“It was a spirited game,” Francona said. “We were here a long time today. It’s nice to have a win. I don’t care if it’s September, October or April, you spend that much time at the ballpark it’s nice to have a win.”

Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash, who drew the game-tying, bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, put it best after the game.

"I think everybody’s ready to get home. Nothing’s going to keep us from thinking about Monday morning when guys are flying out, driving out," Cash said. "It’s been a long year. But if you can win this one, win tomorrow, people will at least be walking out with smiles."

The teams end the regular season Sunday afternoon with the Sox sending John Lackey (13-11, 4.47) to the mound against the Yankees’ Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.77) at Fenway Park.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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