American League Game Summary - New York at Boston, Game Two|
(Saturday, July 7th)
Final Score: Boston 9, New York 5
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-5 with three runs
batted in and two runs scored, as the Boston Red Sox took down the New York
Yankees, 9-5, to split Saturday's doubleheader.
Andruw Jones hit a pair of homers in the first game to help New York take a
Mauro Gomez, Nick Punto and Ryan Sweeney, who was fresh off the 15-day
disabled list, had an RBI apiece for the Red Sox, who improved to 1-4 against
the Yankees this season.
Boston starter Felix Doubront (9-4) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on
four hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer for New York, which had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Jones and Eric Chavez added solo home runs but the
Yankees committed five errors.
"I thought there were some tough hops," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
"There was miscommunication and it was really probably part of our downfall.
That and giving up some 0-2 hits and some two-strike hits."
Phil Hughes (9-7) allowed five runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits over 5 1/3
frames. He fell to 2-6 lifetime against the Red Sox.
The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Derek Jeter reached
base on third baseman Gomez's fielding error and moved to second on Gomez's
wild throw to first. After Curtis Granderson's bunt single, Teixeira hit a
homer to center.
The Yankees have had no trouble getting off to good starts in the series. They
scored four runs in the first inning of Saturday's opener and have 12 in the
first frame so far in the series.
"I'm not frustrated ... we just have to keep them from scoring in the first
inning and give [our] offense a chance to play their game," Red Sox manager
Bobby Valentine said in between games. "Catching up is tough."
New York failed to take advantage of Russell Martin's one-out double in the
second. Following a passed ball that moved Martin to third, Darnell McDonald
and Jeter both struck out swinging.
Boston started its comeback in the third. Gomez doubled and Ciriaco added a
bunt single to begin the inning and a run crossed the plate when Daniel Nava
grounded into a double play.
The Red Sox got another run back in the fifth. Ciriaco singled and Nava
reached base on McDonald's fielding error, putting men on the corners. Punto's
sacrifice fly cut the gap to 3-2.
Ciriaco came up with a big three-run double in the sixth to put Boston in
front. Adrian Gonzalez singled, Cody Ross reached first on Jeter's error at
short and Gomez singled to load the bases. Ciriaco stepped to the plate and
cleared the bases with a double down the left-field line, making it 5-3.
Doubront shut down New York after a slow start, but ran into trouble in the
seventh. Jones led off the frame with a homer over the Green Monster and Matt
Albers replaced Doubront after Jayson Nix grounded out.
Boston scored four runs in the bottom half to pull away. Gonzalez doubled and
raced home on Sweeney's triple to center. Gomez followed with an RBI double to
left. Another run scored when Ciriaco reached second on third baseman Nix's
fielding error. Ciriaco stole third and then raced home on Martin's throwing
error, making it a 9-4 contest.
Chavez homered off Alfredo Aceves in the ninth to account for the final
Boston activated Sweeney from the disabled list prior to the night game. The
Red Sox optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Pawtucket...Boston had 16
hits, compared to six for New York...The Red Sox went 5-for-17 with runners in
scoring position and stranded 12, while the Yankees went 2-for-6 with RISP and
left six men on...Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano singled in the eighth
inning, extending his hitting streak to 14 games over which he is batting .404
(23-for-57) with four doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI and nine runs scored.
He is one game shy of equaling Jeter's 15-game hit streak for the longest by a
Yankee this season.
07/08 01:30:13 ET