NEW YORK — The Red Sox played the Yankees on Friday night. There were six home runs hit and the game was decided by two runs.
But, man, was it boring.
The Sox took a 4-3 lead in the third inning, Dustin Pedroia belting a three-run homer. The Sox were then blanked for the final six innings by Phil Hughes (12-10) and two relievers.
Yankees pitchers retired 14 of the final 15 Red Sox who came to the plate. That allowed the game to finish in a tidy 2 hours, 49 minutes.
“We kind of let Hughes off the hook,” Sox manger Bobby Valentine said. “We gave him a couple of inning where we hit some balls real early in the count.”
Franklin Morales (3-4) has been a surprisingly effective starter for the Sox this season, just not against the Yankees. The lefthander lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. Four were solo home runs by Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Derek Jeter.
In two starts against the Yankees, Morales has allowed 11 earned runs on 12 hits — eight of them home runs — over 8 2/3 innings.
Granderson and Martin then connected back-to-back in the second inning, each hitting the second pitch of the at-bat over the easy-to-reach fence in right field. Granderson, who has 31 homers, was the first lefthanded batter to hit a home run against Morales this season.
• Morales is the first pitcher to allow four home runs in two games against the Yankees in the same season since Chicago’s Ted Lyons in 1937. No Sox pitcher has allowed four home runs in two games against the same team in the same season since 1918.
• Rich Hill had his rehabilitation assignment shifted to Double A Portland and was scheduled to pitch on Friday. But the game against New Britain was suspended by rain after five innings and Hill did not get in.
• Red Sox DHs are 28 of 116 (.241) without a home run since David Ortiz went on the disabled list.