Josh Beckett gave the Red Sox a strong start Sunday night.
It was Josh Reddick that gave them a memorable finish.
Reddick drove in pinch-runner Darnell McDonald with a single to left in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting Boston to a key 3-2 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park.
The victory gave Boston (70-43) a one-game lead in the AL East over New York (69-44). The Sox were scheduled to board a bus to Logan Airport for their flight to Minnesota within hours of Reddick's game-winning hit.
The Sox had trailed New York -- and Mariano Rivera -- 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Marco Scutaro started the frame with a wallball double to left. He advanced to third on a Jacoby Ellsbury bunt, and scored on Dustin Pedroia's sac fly to left-center.
Daniel Bard struck out two in a perfect top of the 10th.
Phil Hughes relieved Rivera for the 10th. He got Kevin Youkilis to fly out, but David Ortiz ripped a ground-rule double to right soon after. Following Carl Crawford's intentional walk, Reddick ripped a line drive down the left-field line to win it.
The Sox had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Scutaro.
New York tied it in the fifth on an Eduardo Nunez home run, then went ahead when Brett Gardner went deep in the seventh.
Beckett pitched six innings of one-run ball for Boston.