Final: Yankees 9, Red Sox 4
The Red Sox got their comeuppance after dropping a 9-4 loss Saturday to the Yankees, which tempered the euphoria of Friday’s 9-6 victory in the home opener at Fenway Park.
The Yankees erupted for 13 hits and four home runs, including a pair by catcher Russell Martin to pin the Sox with their seventh loss in eight games this season before a Fenway crowd of 37,488.
Clay Buchholz absorbed his second loss in as many outings this season after lasting just 4.1 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.
End of 8th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 4
Lowrie and Saltalamacchia reach on back-to-back singles to center against reliever Luis Ayala, who took over for Joba Chamberlin (1 IP, 2 strikeouts). The Sox were unable to push across any runs, going 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position for the game when Ellsbury flew out to left center and Crawford flew out to right.
Top 7th: Yankees 9, Red Sox 4
Russell Martin homers for the second time in the game, going deep to left off of Alfredo Aceves, who has turned it over to Tim Wakefield in the eighth. Aceves: 2 IP, 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
Top 6th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 4
Robinson Cano has just gone yard to the bleachers in right, pasting a 0-and-2 offering from Alfredo Aceves, who gets out of the inning by striking out Nick Swisher with a changeup.
Top 6th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 4
After stranding runners on the corners against Yankees reliever David Robertson in the bottom of the fifth, the Sox have now summoned Alfredo Aceves from the bullpen to relieve Felix Doubront (1.1 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 home run).
Middle of the 5th: Yankees 7, Red Sox 4
The Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Drew was hit by a pitch, he took third on a single by Lowrie. Ellsbury’s groundout scored a run. The Yankees could have an inning-ending double play but Cano lost his grip on the ball after getting the flip from Jeter.
Crawford singled then Pedroia hammered a two-run double to center. Gonzalez had a chance for more but flied to center.
The Yankees came back with two runs in the top of the fifth when Granderson wrapped a two-run homer around the Pesky Pole.
Top 4th, 2 out: Yankees: 5, Sox 1
Pitching change: Lefthander Felix Doubront has been summoned from the bullpen after Clay Buchholz gives up a single to left to Alex Rodriguez. It is the eighth (and last) hit Buccholz has allowed in the game, including four for extra-base hits (three doubles and 1 home run). Doubront does his job in efficient manner, striking out Robinson Cano in three pitches.
Top 4th: Yankees: 5, Sox 1
The Bombers break out the whooping stick on Buchholz, erupting for three earned runs on three hits, including a 3-run homer by catcher Russell Martin that scored Curtis Granderson (walk) and Eric Chavez (second consecutive double off The Wall in as many at-bats). Buchholz, who has now thrown 91 pitches (and counting) is scuffling to get out of the inning. Felix Doubront is up in the pen.
End 3d: Yankees 2, Sox 1
Dustin Pedroia, the sparkplug of Friday’s 9-6 home-opening win, gets it going again for the Sox with his double to left off Ivan Nova. He advances on Adrian Gonzalez’s ground out to second and scores on Kevin Youkilis’ ground out to short, pulling the Sox within one run.
Bottom 2d: Yankees 2, Sox 0
Sox threaten when J.D. Drew (single to center) and Jed Lowrie (base hit over second) reach base. But Yankees starter Ivan Nova gets out of the jam by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia (84, slider) , inducing Jacoby Ellsbury to hit a shallow pop up to left (nice sliding catch by Brett Gardner) and getting Carl Crawford to hit a fielder’s choice that gets Drew rubbed out on the force out at third.
Top 2d: Yankees 2, Sox 0
DH Eric Chavez records his first hit as a Yankee, knocking in Alex Rodriguez (who reached on an error by Sox SS Jed Lowrie) and Robinson Cano (double to left) after doubling off The Wall with one out and the bases loaded. After Curtis Granderson is tagged out at home on Russell Martin’s fielder’s choice (5-2), Buccholz gets out of the inning by punching out Brett Gardner with a curveball.
End of first inning: Sox 0, Yankees 0
Clay Buchholz looked strong in the first, despite walking the second batter he faced, Derek Jeter, with one out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia wiped out Jeter by throwing him out at second on a stolen base attempt. Buccholz struck out Mark Teixeira with a 82 mile-per-hour changeup.