Top 9th and Final: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3: Sox go down with nary a peep. Ross and Salty both struck out swinging against Eppley and, after soft singles by Middlebrooks and Nava, Aviles grounded into a game-ending fielder’s choice.
The Sox scored runs in three of the first four innings. Each time, in the bottom half, the Yankees responded with more. Boston only got three solo homers, but the difference was New York stringing runs together, aided in no small part by a botched double play in the bottom of the first which got the ball rolling off Aaron Cook. Carl Crawford busted out of his slump with a solo shot in the third, and Salty hit a solo homer in the fourth, but the Sox got nothing
Bottom 8th: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3: Melancon got himself into a jam after giving up a double to Jones and hitting Chavez, but got Ichiro and Martin to ground into fielder’s choices, with Jones getting thrown out easily at home by Aviles on the latter. After a walk to Jeter loaded the bases, Granderson cranked a grand slam that just blew the game wide open and made any shot of a comeback very unrealistic.
Top 8th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Ellsbury and Crawford ground out to Jeter, Pedroia singles sharply through the hole between short and third, and Gonzalez grounds out into the shift.
The final line for Phil Hughes, by the way: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 110 pitches, 77 strikes.
Mark Melancon on in relief. The Sox have three outs left.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Cano flared a check-swing single to center, the first hit by either team since the fourth. Texiera got caught looking on a high curve and had a few choice words for the umpire, and Ibanez went flailing and struck out swinging.
David Robertson on for the Yankees.
Top 7th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Hughes has retired eight straight now, getting both Nava and Aviles to pop out in foul territory after striking out Middlebrooks.
Time to stretch at Yankee Stadium.
Andrew Miller on for the Sox.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Crawford got his feet crossed up in left field on an Ichiro liner and had to make an acrobatic catch. Chavez popped out in foul territory to lead off the inning. After Morales walked Martin, his second two-out free pass in as many innings, he struck out Jeter swinging to end the inning.
Top 6th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Nothing doing against Hughes in the sixth. Gonzalez popped out to first, Ross flew out to center, and Salty struck out swinging for the second time tonight.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Cano and Jones both lined out hard to center, and Teixeira struck out looking against Morales in relief.
Top 5th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Hughes worked around a walk to Ellsbury with strikeouts to Aviles (looking) and Crawford (swinging), then got Pedroia to fly out to the warning track in right. First half-inning since the second that runs haven’t been scored.
Cook out of the game. Morales in from the ‘pen.
Cook’s final line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB (intentional), 1 K, 2 HR, 65 pitches, 45 strikes.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 6, Red Sox 3: Ichiro has hit safely in all four games with the Yankees, this time grounding a seeing-eye single past a diving Pedroia. With the quick-working Cook giving him little time to settle into a routine, Ichiro again swung at the first pitch, and again hit one hard. Russell Martin then blasted his 11th of the season into the left-field seats to give the Yankees another cushion in this see-saw, home run-filled affair.
Jeter grounded out to second and Granderson bounced out to Salty just in front of home plate.
Tazawa got back up in the Sox pen during that inning.
Top 4th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: Another inning, another solo homer for the Sox. This time, Salty cranked one to the opposite field, his 20th of the season. Ross had a nice at bat before popping out to first, Middlebrooks popped out in foul territory, and Nava grounded out to short.
Bottom 3rd: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: Bobby V was singing Mike Aviles’ praises during his pregame media conference, but Aviles is struggling in the field. A miscommunication with Pedroia up the middle allowed Granderson to reach on a single, moving Jeter, who singled, to third. They moved up when Cano grounded out to Gonzalez, and Jeter scored on a sacrifice fly to Crawford, who missed the cutoff man throwing to third.
After an intentional walk to Ibanez, he of the massive first-inning homer, Jones struck out swinging. It was Cook’s fourth strikeout this season.
Top 3rd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: In his first at bat tonight, Carl Crawford yanked a pitch foul down the right field line. He got all of a 75-mph Hughes offering this time, crushing one into the second deck for his first homer this season, snapping an 0 for 18 streak entering Friday. Pedroia grounded out and Gonzalez lined out to center to end the inning, but the Sox chipped a run away.
Bottom 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Cook likewise sets the side down in order. Chavez grounded out to Aviles, Ichiro received a nice standing ovation and lined out to center on the first pitch, and Martin grounded out to Middlebrooks at third.
Top 2nd: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: No answer from the Sox in this inning. Middlebrooks flies out to Ichiro in right, Nava lined out on a nice diving catch from Cano, and Aviles grounded out to short.
Bottom 1st: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Cook had a chance to get out of runners on the corners, but an awkward double play, from Pedroia’s half-overhand flip to Aviles’ slow throw, allowed Texiera to reach on an RBI fielder’s choice that scored Granderson.
The defensive miscue came back to bite Cook, who left one up to Ibanez that promptly got hammered over the wall in right field. Jones then bounced out to Cook on a check swing to end the inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0: After an offensive lull in the sweltering heat of Texas, the Sox brought the bats out in the first against Hughes. Ellsbury and Crawford both had nice at bats, fouling off a few pitches, but wound up popping up to third and flying out to left, respectively.
Pedroia then worked the count full, and promptly launched a high fastball into the left-field seats, his eighth of the season and second in past two games. Gonzalez singled through the shift to right, and Ross put runners on second and third with a ground-rule double into the right-center gap. Following a mound visit for Hughes, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging to kill the rally.
Pregame: The Red Sox roll into Yankee Stadium for a pivotal three-game weekend series, the latest in any season they’ve played in the Bronx for the first time, and it starts tonight with Aaron Cook (2-3, 3.50 ERA) on the hill against Phil Hughes (9-8, 4.09 ERA). Ichiro makes his pinstripes debut in New York, and the Sox try to reach .500. Any other news that surfaces, we’ve got you covered.
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