Final: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4: Yankees take the series opener behind four solo homers off Morales, but it was Nix chasing an 0-2 slider from Mortensen and flaring it into right that gave New York the go-ahead run. Another solo shot, Swisher's second of the night, provided the final difference.
Pedroia had a three-run homer in the third that brought the Sox back into the game, and nearly had a game-tying bomb in the eighth, but instead flied out to the track in center.
Thanks for reading. Postgame notes to follow.
Top 9th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4: Ross fanned for the second time tonight, Salty got under a popout to short, and Aviles popped out to McGehee, who reached into the Sox dugout to get it and end the game.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4: Miller struck out Granderson swinging, then Andrew Bailey entered and got Martin to fly out to deep left and dialed up a high fastball to get Nix whiffing.
Rafael Soriano on to close for the Yankees.
Top 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4: Crawford doubled on a pretty weird play. He lined one up the middle that Robertsen kicked into shallow right field, allowing Crawford to move up a base. Pedroia then crushed a ball to deep center that Granderson tracked down at the track, and did a jump-360 in frustration after rounding first. Gonzalez grounded out to Swisher to strand Crawford in scoring position.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4: Swisher went deep for the second time tonight, this time from the left side of the plate (12th time in his career he's homered from both sides in the same, one behind teammate Mark Texeira for most all-time). He dumped one into the Yankees bullpen off Mortensen to give New York a little cushion.
Andrew Miller entered, and sandwiched a Jones single around two nice sliding stops from Pedroia. David Robertson is entering for the Yankees.
The line for Hughes: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 108 pitches, 72 strikes.
Top 7th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4: That's eight straight retired for Hughes, and six outs left for the Sox after Aviles, Podsednik, and Ciriaco all ground out to various parts of the infield. Shortstop, pitcher, and third base, respectively, if you must know.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4: After Morales carried a four-hitter into the sixth (granted, all four were homers), the Yankees offered up some station-to-station hitting. McGehee singled, and moved to third on a Granderson single to deep right that chased Morales in favor of Clayton Mortensen.
Mortensen got a huge full-count strikeout on Martin, had Nix 0-2, and got him to chase an outsider slider, but Nix poked a go-ahead single into right field. Ichiro then struck out to end the inning, and the Yankees are back on top.
The line for Morales: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4 HR, 92 pitches, 57 strikes.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4: Gonzalez grounded out to Jeter with the shift on, Ross likewise bounced out to shortstop, and Salty popped out to shallow right. Hughes has retired six straight, and is keeping his pitch count in check after ballooned in the third inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 4: Nix and Ichiro both went down quickly, but Jeter hit his 10th homer of the season (and 250th of his career) on a two-out, full-count slider to tie things up. Morales has now allowed four solo homers tonight, the second time this season he's allowed four bombs to the Yankees in a single game.
After Swisher walked, Cano lined out to Ellsbury to end things.
Per the Yankees, by the way, they now have 10 players with 10-plus homers. That ties the franchise record set in 1998.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Ciriaco and Crawford sandwiched an Ellsbury single by each flying out to Ichiro in left. Ciriaco's was routine, and Ichiro made a nice sliding catch on Crawford's shallow ball. Pedroia then grounded to Cano for an inning-ending fielder's choice.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Sox flashing some serious leather tonight after McGehee struck out looking to lead off. Ciriaco charged on a grounder to get the speedy Granderson, and Aviles dove to snare a Martin up the middle. Morales has retired six straight now.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Hughes rebounded from his four-run third by striking out Ross and Salty swinging to start off the fourth. After a single by Aviles (2 for 2 tonight), Podsednik popped out to second.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Podsednik made a very nice leaping catch at the wall in right to rob Cano of a probable two-run homer after Jeter reached on an Aviles throwing error. Jones made good contact, but harmlessly flied out to center.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Sox take the lead when Pedroia cranks a three-run homer to left on his birthday.
Before that, Aviles singled just over the glove of a leaping Cano, and Hughes snared a Podsednik comebacker, only to yank his throw into centerfield, allowing Aviles to scoot to third. He scored when Ciriaco beat out a potential double-play ball at first.
Ciriaco took off on four straight full-count pitches on Ellsbury, who fouled all four off before eventually walking on a 10-pitch at bat. With runners on first and second, Crawford fouled out to third before Pedroia stepped in for his 10th homer of the season.
Gonzalez lined out to first to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Granderson and Martin both yanked fastballs down the right-field line for back-to-back solo homers. After a brief respite to clear the mud from the mound and in the batter's boxes, Morales struck out Nix looking and got Ichiro on a flyout to center.
Top 2nd: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Gonzalez skied an infield popup that Martin dove into no-mans land to catch after an McGehee lost it in the rain. Ross then flied out to right, and Salty struck out swinging on an outside fastball.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Swisher fouled off three straight pitches then tagged a hanging slider off Morales into the left-field seats for his 17th homer of the season to get the Yankees on the board early. Morales then struck out Cano looking on three pitches and got Jones to ground out to Ciriaco at third.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Hughes spins a perfect first inning. Ellsbury grounded out to short, Crawford whiffed on a 93-mph high fastball, and Granderson tracked down a deep liner from Pedroia.
Also, it's raining pretty hard now in the Bronx.
Pregame: Good evening, good readers. The Sox are at Yankee Stadium for a three-game series, and send Franklin Morales (3-3, 3.29 ERA) to the mound. New York counters with Phil Hughes (11-10, 4.44 ERA). Stick around, leave your comments, enjoy the game.