Yankees - 000 000 000 - 0 2 1
Red Sox - 041 100 10x - 7 9 0
David Ortiz banged a two-run bomb to dead center to put the Sox on the board in the second and Beckett (6-1-0-2-8, 93) cruised along, setting down the Yankees with a breaking ball-heavy arsenal.
Burnett had next to no control (2.2-5-5-5-1, 84) in the steady drizzle, throwing 43 pitches in a lengthy second inning -- J.D. Drew brought home the other two runs with a double high off the Wall -- and 22 more before being yanked in the third.
Nick Green homered over everything down the left field line off Jose Veras to cap the scoring.
Beckett did not allow a hit until Robinson Cano singled in the fourth. Dustin Pedroia ranged far to his left and snared the grounder in short right, but could not make a play. New York's only other hit was Brett Gardner's single past Green's left into left center in the eighth.
Boston is now 6-0 against the Yankees this season. The only other season with a 6-0 start: 1912 -- in which the Sox won the first 14 meetings between the two teams and ended the season series with a 19-2 record.
The two teams are tied atop the East, each with a 34-24 record.
A.J. Burnett (4.69, 96 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (4.09, 116 ERA+)
W L PCT GB
Yankees 34 23 .596 ---
Red Sox 33 24 .579 1.0
Blue Jays 33 27 .550 2.5
Rays 29 30 .492 6.0
Orioles 24 33 .421 10.0
In his last four starts (29.2 innings), Beckett has a 0.91 ERA. (Only three of the eight runs he has allowed have been earned.)
David Ortiz had his eyes checked yesterday. A team spokesman said his vision is fine.
Jacoby Ellsbury has a strain of his acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his right shoulder -- but no structural damage. The team will decide this afternoon if he can play tonight.