Red Sox - 101 100 000 - 3 8 0 Yankees - 301 200 04x - 10 10 0The Red Sox's offense was limited to three solo home runs, which was not nearly enough firepower to offset the Yankees' team attack. Seven of the nine Yankees collected a hit, and six of them either scored or drove in a run.
Raul Ibanez's two-run homer capped a three-run first. Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the third brought home Derek Jeter, who began the inning with a single. Russell Martin hit a two-run bomb in the fourth, closing the book on Cook (4-7-6-1-1, 65).
Curtis Granderson belted a grand slam in the eighth off Mark Melancon. Granderson ended the night 3-for-5; he also doubled and scored in the first inning.
Dustin Pedroia went deep with two outs in the first inning, giving Boston a short-lived 1-0 lead. Adrian Gonzalez singled and Cody Ross hit a ground-rule double to right center, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out on three pitches to end the threat.
Carl Crawford hit his first dong of the year in the third, and Salty went deep in the fourth. Except for those two home runs, Boston had only one baserunner advance past first over the final eight innings - and that happened with two outs in the ninth.
Aaron Cook / Phil Hughes
Ellsbury, CFHughes faced Boston in the second game of the July 7 doubleheader, going 5.1 innings and allowing 10 hits and five runs. In each of his last two outings, Hughes has pitched at least seven innings and allowed only two runs. In nine starts since the beginning of June, he has a 2.77 ERA. In his last five starts, it's 2.25.
After a dismal debut against the Orioles, and since coming off the disabled list, Cook has put up a sterling 2.16 ERA in five starts.
This will be Ichiro Suzuki's first home game as a Yankee. Speaking about the rivalry, he said:
Just a few days ago, I wouldn't even think about being in that situation, that I would be wearing this uniform, playing against the Red Sox. ... When I watch it, sometimes I thought it's like a fight -- not in the real sense of them actually fighting, but really, a physical, fighting atmosphere.The Yankees will be without Alex Rodriguez, who suffered a non-displaced fracture on his left hand on Tuesday night, thanks to a Felix Hernandez pitch.
The Red Sox are 49-50, 10.5 GB the Yankees in the East and 4.5 GB in the wild cards race. (Boston is 1-5 against the Yankees this season.) Dustin Pedroia: "Every game is crucial. We're at a point now where we need to win. That's basically it. It doesn't matter who we're playing."