It was the 50-minute fifth inning that was the turning point. After a wild pitch scored Melky Cabrera and gave New York a 7-3 lead, the Yankees had a 90% chance of winning the game. That dropped down to only 26% after Dustin Pedroia's two-run single capped Boston's six-run fifth inning, putting the Sox up 9-7, but when the Yankees answered with four runs in their half of the fifth, their chances were back to 80%.
From there, LaTroy Hawkins and Brian Bruney did their jobs of stopping the Boston bats, while Julian Tavarez and Mike Timlin could not do the same with the Yankees. ... New York's chances of winning were 93.6% when Mike Timlin came in for the eighth inning, so his eight-batter implosion really had little effect on the final outcome. Still, after facing 14 Yankee batters (2.1 IP), Timlin has allowed 8 hits (2 singles, 4 doubles and 2 home runs) and 7 runs.
The 24 runs were the most in a Red Sox-Yankees game in the Bronx since April 21, 1956 (Yankees 14-10) and the last time the Yankees scored at least 15 runs against the Red Sox at home was July 7, 1954 (17-9 win). The 1954 game took only 2:40 to play. Last night's time was 4:08.
X-rays on Kevin Youkilis's left foot were negative after he fouled a ball off his big toe in the sixth inning. He is questionable for tonight. ... Coco Crisp may miss the next few games due to soreness in his right leg.
The big turning point in the whole game for me was not the two home runs, but their catcher, who I had [2-2] and I threw a fastball and I was almost at the point where I was walking off, but I didn't get the call. ... It seems like every time I get in a hole and I need to throw a pitch for a strike and I throw it they get a bat on it and foul it off ... that's what so hard about pitching to lineups like this.