Final Score: Boston 3, New York 0 (6 innings)
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz remained unbeaten and was credited
with his fourth career shutout when rain shortened the finale of the Red Sox-
Yankees series in the middle of the sixth inning of Boston's 3-0 victory.
The game began 45 minutes late in anticipation of rain that did not come until
the top of the sixth, which caused a 37-minute stoppage. Shortly thereafter,
the sky opened again and the tarp came back on the field.
The game was called just after midnight (ET) and the Red Sox took the rubber
match of the three-game set behind the pitching of their ace and solo home
runs by David Ortiz and Jose Iglesias.
Buchholz (8-0) was scratched from his previous start because of irritation in
his AC joint near the collarbone, and the right-hander didn't skip a beat
Sunday, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out four over five
"He threw an assortment of pitches ahead in the count," Red Sox manager John
Farrell said of Buchholz. "It looked like he could go to any single pitch in
any given situation."
Hiroki Kuroda (6-4) was charged with three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings
for the Yankees, who have been held to four runs or less in every game during
a 2-7 stretch.
"It's just kind of a team-wide thing that we're going through," New York
manager Joe Girardi said. "I mean, we ran into a pretty good pitcher tonight.
That's the bottom line. He threw the ball very well against us."
Both starters tossed three scoreless innings before the Red Sox started
getting to Kuroda in the fourth. Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz both singled leading
off the frame to put runners on the corners, and the former scored the game's
first run on Mike Napoli's slow-rolling tapper to short.
Iglesias sent a first-pitch sinker into the left-field seats for his first
home run of the season in the fifth inning, and as the rain started to come
down on Yankee Stadium, Ortiz walloped a Kuroda offering deep into the second
section of seats in right-center leading off the sixth.
Play resumed for all of four minutes -- and two outs -- when heavy rain forced
the tarp back onto the field just as Andrew Miller was warming up to replace
Buchholz in the bottom of the sixth.
The stoppage secured Buchholz's sixth career complete game and his second win
over the Yankees in 2013. He came into the season with a 2-5 record and a 7.19
ERA in nine career starts against the Bronx Bombers, but has yielded just one
run in 12 innings in a pair of stints against them this year.
The Red Sox took their first two series in the Bronx for just the second time
in 25 years ... Buchholz, who had gone at least seven innings in his previous
11 starts this season, is the first Sox pitcher to start a season 8-0 since
Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008 ... Iglesias has reached safely in 15 of 16 games
this season ... The nine straight games of four runs or less is the Yankees'
longest since a 10-game stretch from May 28-June 7, 2005 ... Yankees first
baseman Mark Teixeira played in the 1,500th game of his career ... Yankees
catcher Chris Stewart was taken to the hospital for dehydration on Sunday ...
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury sat out the entire series due to left groin
06/03 02:27:50 ET
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