Game over: Red Sox 6, Yankees 1 – The Red Sox won a big game here Saturday afternoon and night to stop a three-game losing streak and prevent the first four-game losing streak of the season. The Red Sox got a big performance out of John Lackey (8-10), who threw 16 ground ball outs over 6-2/3 innings and out-pitched Hiroki Kuroda. The Red Sox took advantage of a terrible throwing error by Lyle Overbay in the fourth inning which opened the floodgates for a three-run inning to break a 0-0 deadlock. The Red Sox never looked back. David Ortiz hit his 24th homer and Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in two runs with three hits. Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara were all strong in relief. The game was played in 3:26 before a sellout of 37,517.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 1 – Middlebrooks walked and Victorino singled, but the Sox couldn’t add more to their lead.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 1 – Junichi Tazawa keeps the Yankees down, excites the crowd with a high, hard one to A-Rod, who flew out to right to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 1 – Ortiz homered to black tarp in center. That’s 24 home runs and 77 RBI for the Big Papi.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 1 – The Yankees get two men on, but can’t score. Lackey leaves after 6-2/3 innings, one run, six hits to a standing-O.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Yankees 1 – A wall double by Nava leads to a run when Salty singles to left with one out. After Middlebrooks struckout, Ellsbury doubled over Ichiro’s head in right scoring the fifth run. Cano threw errantly toward the plate allowing Ellsbury to take third. That was Kuroda’s night. Adam Warren came on.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1 – Make it 13 of 18 outs with ground balls. Lackey really dealing today when the Red Sox really needed a big performance against Kuroda, who is so tough.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1 – Kuroda recovered to retire the heart of the Red Sox order 1-2-3. Pedroia (line out to second), Ortiz (strike out) and Carp (grounder to first).
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 1 – Lyle Overbay singled and Chris Stewart hit a ground-rule double down the third base line to start things off. All things considered, Lackey recovered and limited the damage to one run. He got Brett Gardner to tap back to the pitcher – Lackey’s fifth assist – and Ichiro grounded out to second base to score a run. With two outs,a runner at third and Robinson Cano up, Lackey got Cano to ground out to second for the final out. Ten of Lackey’s 15 outs have come on ground balls.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0 – Bad throwing error by Lyle Overbay on what should have been a double-play grounder by Stephen Drew resulted in no outs and a run for the Red Sox. David Ortiz lined a ground-rule double to right to start the inning. Mike Carp followed with a single which advanced Ortiz to third. After Daniel Nava struck out, Drew grounded to Overbay who threw wide of Nunez at second and throw back to first was not in time as Ortiz scored. The Red Sox pulled off a double-steal, but Saltalamacchia struck out. Middlebrooks, however, reached on an infield hit up the middle to score Boston’s second run. Ellsbury followed with a single to right scoring the third Sox run.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – The Yankees are really trying to force the issue in the running game knowing John Lackey has the slowest delivery to the plate of any Red Sox starter. Soriano, who was doubled off second base in the second inning, stroked his second hit but was caught stealing on a nice throw to second base by Saltalamacchia. Curtis Granderson singled and stole second base, but Nunez tapped back to the pitcher for the final out.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Will Middlebrooks singled to rightcenter, but was eliminated when Jacoby Ellsbury knocked into a double play. Victorino followed with an infield single to the shortstop hole, but Dustin Pedroia grounded out on a force.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Lackey has the sinker ball working. Three ground ball out by the top of the Yankee order – Gardner, Suzuki and Cano.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – With one out, Daniel Nava doubled off the left field wall. Drew advanced him to third on a fly ball to right, but Robinson Cano robbed Jarrod Saltalamacchia of a run-scoring single when he ranged deep behind second to field a grounder and throw him out.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Yankees loaded the bases as Lackey had control issues by walking two batters. He was bailed out by a double play when Curtis Granderson popped to Stephen Drew in short center and Alfonso Soriano didn’t get back to second in time. Lackey then loaded the bases on a walk to Edwin Nunez and a single by Lyle Overbay, but he escaped arm when Chris Stewart flew out to center.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Started out encouraging with a Jacoby Ellsbury single to right. But Hiroki Kuroda struck out both Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia before retiring David Ortiz with a tapper back to the pitcher.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – John Lackey got three quick outs with two tap backs to the mound and a shift-related grounder to the right side by Robinson Cano.