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April 22. 2014 11:50PM

Ellsbury propels Yanks over Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury returned to Boston and collected a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored as visiting New York beat the Red Sox 9-3 in the series opener.

Carlos Beltran homered and drove in two while Derek Jeter added two RBIs for the Yankees, who improved to 4-1 against the Red Sox this season. Masahiro Tanaka (3-0) struck out seven and allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings for New York.

Jon Lester (2-3) was reached for eight runs (three earned) on 11 hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings for Boston. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, and Xander Bogaerts doubled in a run in the ninth to provide all the offense for the Red Sox.

Ellsbury drew a mixed response from the crowd when he was announced before driving Lester's third pitch to the deepest part of the ball park, where a fan reached over the wall and deflected it back on the field. Ellsbury was awarded a triple on the play and scored on Jeter's RBI single before an error pushed Jeter to third and Beltran's single made it a 2-0 game.

The Yankees tacked on two more runs on three straight doubles in the third before the Red Sox finally got on the board when Ortiz sent a drive out to right-center and Napoli followed with a blast down the line in left. Another defensive blunder opened the gates for New York's four-run fifth, which was highlighted by Ellsbury's two-run double to left-center that chased Lester.GAME NOTEBOOK: Jeter's RBI single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Lester had issued a total of four walks in his first four starts before granting the Yankees four free passes. ... Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring), who has been on the 15-day DL since late in spring training, is expected to be activated today.


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