Red Sox outlast the New York YankeesLARRY FLEISHER
The Sports Xchange
June 30. 2014 12:05AM
NEW YORK -- David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs apiece, and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the New York Yankees 8-5 Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
Ortiz hit his 450th career home run in the third inning, a long, three-run shot off New York right-hander Chase Whitley (3-2). The Boston designated hitter became the 37th player to hit 450 home runs and did so after his previous two at-bats resulted in double plays against defensive shifts.
Pedroia reached base for the 12th game in his past 13, and he recorded his second consecutive three-hit game. After preceding Ortiz's 19th home with his second hit of the night, the second baseman had a two-run bloop single to right field in Boston's three-run fifth and then lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Shortstop Stephen Drew added an RBI single, and the Red Sox scored another run in the fifth when left fielder Daniel Nava came home uncontested after Pedroia was caught off first base in a rundown.
Right-hander John Lackey (9-5) capitalized on the offense and picked up the win despite allowing five runs (four earned) and six hits in five innings.
After Burke Badenhop was aided by a running catch in left field by Nava and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. throwing out New York designated hitter Carlos Beltran at the plate in the sixth, Andrew Miller struck out the side in the seventh while working around a walk.
Junichi Tazawa pitched a scoreless eighth, and Koji Uehara tossed a perfect ninth for his 18th save.
First baseman Mark Teixeira and Beltran hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Shortstop Derek Jeter had an RBI single, and left fielder Brett Gardner added a run-scoring double.
Whitley allowed five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
Boston had two hits in the second and took a 1-0 lead on Drew's single through a drawn-in infield that scored first baseman Mike Napoli. Whitley escaped further trouble by getting rookie right fielder Mookie Betts on a double play.
The Red Sox made it 4-0 in the third on Ortiz's three-run home run into the right-center-field seats.
The Yankees made it 4-1 on a two-out single by Jeter that ended an 11-pitch at-bat and scored right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who reached on an error by third baseman Brock Holt.
New York made it a one-run game on solo home runs by Teixeira and Beltran in the fourth.
In the fifth, Boston loaded the bases on three straight walks and took a 6-3 lead on Pedroia's two-run bloop single into right field off reliever Shawn Kelley. The Red Sox took a 7-3 lead when the Yankees picked off Pedroia while Daniel Nava scored uncontested.
New York scored two in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Gardner and RBI groundout by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
NOTES: The Yankees did not have a problem with Boston 1B Mike Napoli's reaction to hitting a home run off RHP Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday. Fox's dugout microphones caught Napoli saying "what an Idiot" in surprise to getting a fastball as opposed to other pitches. ... The Yankees said that LHP CC Sabathia did not have any problems after making his first rehab start Saturday night and that he would throw a bullpen session Monday before making a second rehab start. ... Boston 3B Xander Bogaerts, in a 2-for-35 slump since June 18, was out of the starting lineup. Manager John Farrell said Bogaers was spending batting practice working on his timing at the plate.
... Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn was medically cleared, and he will rejoin the team Monday after sustaining a brain aneurysm about a month ago.