BOSTON — The New York Yankees took advantage of sloppy Boston defense and shoddy pitching and cruised to a 14-5 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night.
In capturing the rubber game of a three-game series, the first-place Yankees (13-9) got the benefit of five errors, three wild pitches and a passed ball by the last-place Red Sox (10-13) to improve to 5-2 against the MLB champions this season.
Most of the defensive damage on a chilly night was done in the first three innings, when the Yankees took a 7-0 lead against losing pitcher Felix Doubront (1-3), and Yankees starter CC Sabathia took it from there.
Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp pitched the ninth inning, the first time he's pitched as a professional. He walked the first hitter, got a double play grounder out of catcher Brian McCann, issued four more walks before retiring pinch hitter Kelly Johnson on a foul pop.
Staked to the lead, Sabathia (3-2, 1-1 against Boston) gave up two runs in the bottom of the third but then worked through the sixth, leaving with a 12-2 lead.
Closer David Robertson, activated from the disabled list Tuesday, worked a perfect ninth.
Rookie third baseman Yangervis Solarte stroked a pair of two-run hits, former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs, shortstop Derek Jeter drove in two runs and first baseman Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer (his first of the year) in a 14-hit attack by the Yankees.
The five errors were the most made by the Red Sox in a game against the Yankees since Sept. 8, 1977, when that team made seven, according to ESPN Stats.
Doubront lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs, three earned.
With two out in the Yankees first, right fielder Carlos Beltran hit a shot that appeared to strike the right wrist of shortstop Xander Bogaerts. It was ruled an error and Beltran scored from first on Soriano's long double.
In the second, left fielder Brett Gardner led with a walk and second baseman Brian Roberts hit a grounder to third that was a long-shot double play ball. But when second baseman Dustin Pedroia dropped the ball on the transfer at second, under the new guidelines in place, Gardner was ruled safe. Both runners scored when Solarte snapped an 0-for-14 skid with his double down the left field line.
He went to third on a wild pitch and stayed there when third baseman Brock Holt could only knock down shortstop Derek Jeter's shot. Doubront then threw a pitch in the dirt that appeared to be a wild pitch. But home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi said the ball hit Beltran. Yankee manager Joe Girardi challenged and the review correctly reversed the call to a wild pitch and a run scored.
Teixeira led the third inning with his homer. With one out, Gardner reached when Doubront couldn't handle his slow grounder and then stole second and third before Roberts singled him home. Roberts stole second and scored on Ellsbury's single — chasing Doubront.
NOTES: Yankees RHP Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball for his use of pine tar Wednesday night. ... RF Shane Victorino returned from the disabled list to play his first game of 2014, RHP Alex Wilson returned to Pawtucket after one day in Boston. ... The Yankees brought up RHPs Bruce Billings and Shane Greene, RHP Preston Claiborne and sent SS Dean Anna to Triple-A. ... RHP Ivan Nova, moved from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list, will have Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. ... RHP Hiroki Kuroda faces Angels LHP C.J. Wilson in New York on Friday night. RHP Jake Peavy goes for Boston against LHP Mark Buehrle (4-0, 0.64 ERA), the Red Sox opening a brief three-game road trip in Toronto.