Excited Red Sox players poured from the dugout. Jacoby Ellsbury had a huge smile after his game-winning single. Pedro Ciriaco jumped for joy after sliding home with the deciding run.
And losing pitcher David Robertson walked slowly to the dugout after the New York Yankees missed a chance to keep sole possession of first place in the AL East, losing to Boston 4-3 on Tuesday night.
''That was a great feeling,'' said Ellsbury, who had four hits on his 29th birthday. ''The fans were great tonight. They were into the game, energetic and we just want to keep putting on a show for them.''
His hit provided a rare moment of celebration for the Red Sox, losers of 11 of 13 games and consigned to the role of trying to ruin the playoff chances of other teams in the division. On Tuesday they did it against their traditional rivals.
''With the Yankees in town, they're battling for a (playoff) spot and at this point we can just go out and try to play spoiler,'' left fielder Cody Ross said. ''We...