Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke a tie game with a
grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Boston Red Sox pinned
an 8-4 loss on the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series
between the bitter rivals from Fenway Park.
Saltalamacchia was one of five Boston regulars to collect two hits as the Red
Sox moved another step closer towards a possible AL East title with their
eighth win in 10 games. Stephen Drew had a two-run double as part of a 2-for-4
night, while David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in the
Brandon Workman (6-3) received the victory after retiring the only batter he
faced to end the top of the seventh. John Lackey worked the first 6 1/3
innings for Boston, permitting four runs on seven hits.
The Yankees entered this important set off three straight wins in Baltimore,
but saw their streak come to an end despite a 4-for-4, two-RBI performance
from Robinson Cano. Brendan Ryan added two hits, including a solo homer, in
Saltalamacchia's slam off Preston Claiborne handed Hiroki Kuroda (11-11) his
fourth consecutive losing decision. The struggling righty was charged with
five runs on eight hits over six-plus frames.
Kuroda gave up a leadoff single to Shane Victorino with the game tied at 4-4
in the bottom of the seventh and was lifted for Cesar Cabral, who promptly hit
Ortiz with a pitch before Claiborne walked pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes to load
Claiborne bounced back to strike out Daniel Nava, but had a low fastball
hammered by Saltalamacchia over the Boston bullpen to put the Red Sox in front
The Yankees had battled their way back from a 4-0 deficit and pulled even on
Cano's clutch two-run double off reliever Craig Breslow with two out in the
top of the seventh. New York had loaded the bases on a pair of singles that
chased Lackey and a walk to Alex Rodriguez.
Boston's bullpen was stingy thereafter, though, with Junichi Tazawa and Koji
Uehara retiring the side in order over the final two frames after inheriting
The Red Sox had the bats working early on, pounding Kuroda for four runs on
four hits to take a comfortable lead after one inning of play.
Dustin Pedroia started things off with a base hit and Ortiz doubled into the
left-field corner two batters later to put two in scoring position with one
out. After a Mike Carp grounder brought home Pedroia, Nava laced an opposite-
field base hit to increase the margin to 2-0 and Drew followed with a double
off the Green Monster that knocked in two more runs.
Kuroda ran into more trouble in the second, but escaped out of a bases-loaded,
one-out jam to keep it a 4-0 game. He didn't allow a run over the next four
innings as well, and his Yankee teammates slowly closed the gap as the contest
Lackey had yielded just one run -- Ryan's solo homer to begin the third -- and
three hits through the first five innings before New York cut into its deficit
in the sixth.
Cano doubled with one out and moved to third on an Alfonso Soriano single in
front of Lyle Overbay's sacrifice fly, a shot into the gap in right-center
field that Victorino tracked down to prevent more than the one run from
Uehara has now retired 37 consecutive hitters, the longest stretch for a
reliever since the White Sox' Bobby Jenks set down 41 in a row in 2007, and
owns a scoreless inning streak of 30 1/3 frames ... The Yankees announced that
center fielder Brett Gardner could miss the remainder of the regular season
after an MRI taken Friday revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique.
Gardner suffered the injury in Thursday's series finale with Baltimore ...
Kuroda, who hasn't won since Aug. 12, fell to 1-7 over his last 10 starts
against AL East opponents and 1-4 against Boston this season ... New York lost
for only the fourth time in its last 22 outings when homering ... The Red Sox
improved to 50-30-1 all-time in games played on Friday the 13th.
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