Game over: Yankees 15, Red Sox 9: The Red Sox absorbed a tough loss, squandering a 9-0 lead and a solid pitching effort by Felix Doubront, who remained winless after throwing six strong innings of four-hit baseball, allowing one run on a Mark Teixeira solo homer in the seventh.
After Doubront departed, the Yankees teed off the Sox bullpen, erupting for seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings, sparked by Nick Swisher’s grand slam in the 7th and Teixeira’s second homer of the game, a 3-run shot, that pulled the Yankees within 9-8.
The Yankees took the lead and ran away with it with another seven-run outburst, Swisher delivering the crushing blow with his 2-RBI double to center that gave New York a 10-9 lead.
Bottom of 8th: Yankees 15, Red Sox 9: Hard to believe the Sox at one point led this game, 9-0, after five innings, but have since had their bats silenced, which was the case in the eighth when Boone Logan came in and retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion.
Top of 8th: Yankees 15, Red Sox 9: Nick Swisher, who hit a grand slam in his previous at-bat in the seventh, stroked a 2-RBI double off the wall in center off Alfredo Aceves to score Eduardo Nunez (single to left) and Jeter (walk), giving the Yankees a one-run lead. After Cano drew an intentional walk, Aceves walked A-Rod (unintentionally) to load the bases for Teixeira, who hit a ground-rule double into the seats in right for two more runs to make it 12-9. After he issued an intentional walk to Granderson, Aceves was gone (0 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 4 BB). but Justin Thomas hardly fared any better, giving up an RBI double to pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez and then a single Nunez as the Yankees batted around the order.
Junichi Tazawa came into the game, the third reliever Valentine deployed in the inning, and after giving up an RBI single to Jeter wound up getting the Sox out of the inning by inducing Swisher to fly to center.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 8: Jarrod Saltalamacchia was stranded at second after hitting a ground-rule double into the right field seats. Nothing doin’ for the Sox as Rafael Soriano retired the next three batters he faced. Alfredo Aceves was summoned to pitch for Morales in the top of the eighth.
Top of 7th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 8: With Vicente Padilla in the game in relief of Doubront, the Yankees loaded the bases when Russell Martin singled to center, Eduardo Nunez hit a soft grounder to third and Jeter walked to tee it up for Swisher to unloaded with a grand slam, the fifth of his career, to pull the Yanks within four runs. After Padilla gave up a double to Cano, Sox manager Bobby Valentine emerged from the dugout to a chorus of boos, to summon Matt Albers, who didn’t fare any better when he gave up a three-run blast to Teixeira, enabling the Yankees to pull within one run. It was Teixeira’s second homer in as many at-bats (this one coming from the left-side of the plate) and marked his 34th multi-homer game of his career, the last coming Sept. 28, 2011, at Tampa Bay.
Franklin Morales came to get Albers and stopped the bleeding when he struck out Andrew Jones (who struck out to lead off the inning) and got Martin to hit a ground ball to second for the 4-6 force out on Curtis Granderson at second.
Middle of 6th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 1: Mark Teixeira spoiled Doubront’s bid for a shutout with his two-out solo homer into the Green Monster seats. To that point, Doubront had thrown 5.2 shutout innings, allowing three hits while matching his career-high with seven strikeouts. He had retired 13 of the 17 batters he faced before giving up Teixeira’s homer.
Update, 6:18 p.m: Vicente Padilla entered the top of the seventh in relief of Doubront (6.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR), who threw 99 pitches (59 strikes).
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 0: Cody Ross homered for the third time this season, bopping a two-run shot off the roof of the TV camera deck in center that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia who hit a lead-off double off the garage door in center. The Sox have now belted 12 hits, including six extra-base hits: five doubles (Sweeney, Gonzalez, Ortiz, McDonald, Saltamacchia) and one home run (Ross).
Middle of 5th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0: Doubront got two quick outs again, before Eduardo Nunez walked and Jeter singled to right. Doubront got out of the inning by getting Swisher to ground to second.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0: After David Ortiz drew a two-out walk, Nate Spears was summoned to pinch-hit for Kevin Youkilis, who had been hit by a pitch in his previous at-bat. No word on whether the move was injury-related. Youkilis, though, came out to play the field in the top of the fourth before Spears pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the inning. Spears struck out swinging, but remained in the game at third.
Update, 5:50 p.m.Youkilis left the game with a left quad contusion.
Update, 5:51 p.m.ESPNChicago reports Marlon Byrd has confirmed he has been traded by Cubs to Red Sox. Deal to be announced after Yankees-Red Sox game.
Middle of 4th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0: Doubront worked a nasty 85 changeup and an even nastier cutter to get Teixeira and Granderson (both looking) to end the inning. Doubrount has now thrown 64 pitches (37 for strikes) and has retired nine of the last 11 batters he has faced, striking out four.
Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0: David Ortiz chased Clay Rapada from the game with his single to center. David Phelps entered the game for Rapada (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R) and proceeded to load the bases when he hit Kevin Youkilis with a pitch and allowed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to reach on a single to right. After Cody Ross struck out for the first out in the inning, McDonald lofted an RBI sacrifice fly to center, scoring Ortiz from third. Aviles tacked on an RBI single to right, scoring Youkilis from third, before Phelps induced Sweeney to ground to second for the force out on Aviles to end the inning.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 5, Yankees 0: Doubront continued to impress, getting a pair of grounball outs from Eduardo Nunez and Derek Jeter before he allowed Nick Swisher to reach on a single to left. Doubront, who had a better start than his Yankee counterpart, wound up getting Cano to fly to center to end the inning. Doubront recorded five groundball outs and a pair of strikeouts through his first three innings, while allowing two hits and two walks.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 5, Yankees 0: Sox tacked on another run after Cody Ross stroked a single to center and then went to third on Darnell McDonald’s wall-ball double. Mike Aviles rapped an RBI single to left, scoring Ross and prompting Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild to make a mound visit to Freddy Garcia. Little good it did, though, when Ryan Sweeney lofted an RBI sacrifice fly to right, scoring McDonald from third. Garcia was done when Dustin Pedroia chased him with an RBI single to right, scoring Aviles from second and prompting Yankees manager Joe Girardi to summon Clay Rapada from the bullpen. Rapada got the Yanks out of the inning when he induced Adrian Gonzalez to fly to center.
Middle of 2d: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Doubront looked impressive in the inning, getting two quick outs on Mark Teixeira ground out to second and on a called third strike to Curtis Granderson (92 m.p.h. fastball). After issuing a walk to Andruw Jones, Doubront came back and stranded Jones by striking out Russell Martin (swinging, 93 fastball).
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0: Adrian Gonzalez ripped a two-out ground-rule double that hopped into the seats in the right. Gonzalez’s RBI double, his third of the season, scored Ryan Sweeney, who reached on a double to left. David Ortiz then drove in Gonzalez with an RBI double to left, giving the Sox an early two-run lead. Sweeney’s double tied him with Ortiz for the team lead (7), but Big Papi wrested it away with his team-leading eighth double of the season.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: Sox LHP Felix Doubront got some outstanding glove work from his defense, shortstop Mike Aviles in particular. After Derek Jeter hit a lead-off single to right, Aviles doubled up the Yankees’ captain at second when Nick Swisher hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Then, after Robinson Cano walked, Doubront got out of the inning when Alex Rodriguez grounded to Aviles for the inning-ending out.
Top of 1st, no out: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0: First pitch at 4:08 p.m., game time temperature was reported at 78 degrees and winds from the South-Southwest at 20 m.p.h.
Pregame: The Red Sox (4-9) will look to get over their hangover from the festivities surrounding the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. The Sox will attempt to rebound a 6-2 loss Friday and snap a four-game losing streak when they host the Yankees (8-6) Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park by sending LHP Felix Duoubront (0-0, 5.40 ERA) to the mound to face Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.97).
As always, please feel free to share your comments here. Enjoy the game.