Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Powered by a nine-run second inning that featured
four homers, the New York Yankees regained sole possession of first place in
the American League East with a 10-2 shellacking of the Boston Red Sox in the
opener of a regular season-ending three-game series from Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and a returning Mark Teixeira
all went deep during the second-inning outburst that propelled New York one
game ahead of Baltimore for the division's top spot. The Orioles were dealt a
5-3 defeat at Tampa Bay on Monday.
"That's what you hope to have all the time when you're playing this game, that
you have control of your own destiny," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Now
we have to go out and win a ballgame tomorrow."
The four homers tied a Yankees' record for one inning, set initially at
Toronto on June 30, 1977 and matched against Tampa Bay on June 21, 2005.
Cano finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and Granderson collected two hits and
knocked in two runs, while Teixeira reached the seats in his second at-bat of
his first game back from a strained left calf that had sidelined the slugging
first baseman for 30 of the Yankees' last 31 contests.
CC Sabathia (15-6) did his part on the mound as well, limiting the Red Sox
to two runs and four hits while striking out seven over a sharp eight-inning
stint that cemented his sixth straight season of at least 15 wins.
Counterpart Clay Buchholz (11-8) wasn't nearly as effective for Boston,
permitting eight runs and six hits -- including three of the homers -- before
being removed with two outs in the second.
"It's tough whenever you leave pitches out of the middle of the plate and
every one of them gets hit," said Buchholz. "That's what [New York] is known
for. They hit mistakes."
Daniel Nava had a solo homer and Che-Hsuan Lin went 2-for-3 for the spiraling
Red Sox, losers of six straight and 10 of their last 11 outings.
Buchholz retired the side in order in the bottom of the first, but failed to
make it out of a second inning in which the Yankees pounded out eight hits and
sent 13 men to the plate.
Cano began the barrage with a screaming line drive that easily cleared the
center field wall on Buchholz's first pitch of the frame. After Nick Swisher
singled two batters later, Granderson launched his 41st homer of the year just
inside the right field foul pole for a 3-0 New York lead.
Martin followed with an opposite-field shot that was upheld after a replay
review determined a fan did not reach into the field of play, and Buchholz
issued back-to-back walks to Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter before Ichiro Suzuki
singled to load the bases.
Chavez would come home on Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly, and Cano ended
Buchholz's night with a two-run double to center that extended the Yankees'
margin to 7-0.
Alfredo Aceves then came on in relief and was greeted by Teixeira's blast into
the middle deck in right field that capped New York's power binge.
"For us to get nine [runs in one inning], that just doesn't happen," said
Teixeira. "You don't see that very often. It took the pressure off the rest of
Nava put Boston on the board in the fourth with his second homer in as many
games, but Sabathia set down nine of the next 10 hitters before running into a
little trouble in the seventh.
Mauro Gomez led off that inning with a walk and took second on a Sabathia wild
pitch before advancing another base on a ground out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Boston's second run.
Melky Mesa's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth accounted for the Yankees'
10th run, and Freddy Garcia closed things out with a 1-2-3 inning in relief of
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia sat out the game after jamming his left
ring finger in the team's loss at Baltimore on Sunday ... Cano is now batting
.621 (18-of-29) during a seven-game hitting streak ... Buchholz gave up five
homers over six innings in a April 20 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park ...
Granderson reached the 41-homer mark for the second straight season, and his
82 long-balls since the start of 2011 are the most in the majors ... Swisher
finished 3-for-4 in the win.
10/02 00:21:17 ET
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