Game over: The Yankees took sole possession of first place in the AL East with a big win over the Red Sox after scoring nine runs in the second inning off a horrible Clay Buchholz and reliever Alfredo Aceves. Tampa Bay beat Baltimore, dropping the Orioles one game back in the division. The game was played in 2:58.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 2 Melky Mesa drove in his first major league run with a single to center, his first career hit, off Sox closer Andrew Bailey, Mesa had a smile ear to ear as his teammates cheered him on. Mesa has a tremendous arm.
Top 8th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 2 Lin singled again, but Sabathia easily got through this weak lineup.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 2 The Yankees had two runners on base when Andrew Miller struck out Martin and Chavez to end the threat.
Top 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 2 Gomez walked and advanced to second on a Sabathia wild pitch. After Lavarnway grounded out, advancing Gomez to third, Salty got him in with sacrifice fly to left.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 Ichiro, A-Rod and Cano went down in order.
Top 6th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 Ciriaco, Nava and Ross go down in order.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 With Pedro Beato in for Aceves, the Yankees got a two-out walk from Chavez, but Beato took care of the rest.
Top 5th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 Lin managed a two-out single, but nothing else as Sabathia continues to breeze.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 Ichiro and A-Rod made the first two outs before the red-hot Cano doubled. After Teixeira walked, Swisher struck out to end the threat.
Top 4th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 No quit in these Red Sox. Nava homered. The next three go down vs. Sabathia.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 9, Red Sox 0 Aceves mows down Martin, Chavez and Jeter.
Top 3rd: Yankees 9, Red Sox 0 Sox went down in order as Sabathia whiffs Lin and Ciriaco.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 9, Red Sox 0 One of the most pathetic innings of the season. An awful outing by Clay Buchholz, who allowed home runs to Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin. He then gave way to Alfredo Aceves who surrendered a two-run blast to Mark Teixeira. Cano also had a two-run double in the inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 Mauro Gomez gave Bostona chance with a double to the left-center gap vs. CC Sabathia. He advanced to third on Ryan Lavarnway’s long fly ball to right, but Sabathia got the next two outs. Salty fouled out to third and Danny Valencia struck out.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 Buchholz retired the Yankees in order. He struck out Alex Rodriguez on an awkward check swing for the third out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 CC Sabathia retired the Red Sox in order with a strong showing in the first. Both Daniel Nava and Cody Ross, the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters, went down on strikeouts.