Sox thump Yanks with an 'X' factor
NEW YORK — Daniel Nava hit a three-run home run and shortstop Xander Bogaerts highlighted a four-hit game with a home run, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Nava, Boston’s right fielder, hit his first home run since April 15 with one out in the third and reached base four times, while shortstop Bogaerts singled in the first and ninth and hit a solo home run in the third. He also doubled and had an RBI single in the ninth for his first career four-hit game.
Rookie center fielder Mookie Betts also connected for home run and made a leaping catch in front of the warning track in center field for his second outstanding catch against the Yankees. He also robbed former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury last month in Boston.
Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes came within a home run of the cycle for Boston, while first baseman Mike Napoli lifted a pair of sacrifice flies as the Red Sox had 12 hits and won for the fifth time in eight games following an eight-game losing streak.
Right-hander Joe Kelly (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings for his first victory since being acquired from St. Louis. He struck out six and issued four walks but worked out of trouble in the fifth and got double plays in the sixth and seventh before Tommy Layne recorded the final out of the seventh.
New York’s Martin Prado homered as a second baseman but moved to left field after Brett Gardner was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons. Catcher Francisco Cervelli and shortstop Derek Jeter drove in the other runs for the Yankees, who lost for the fifth time in seven games following a five-game winning streak.
Designated hitter Brian McCann also homered in the ninth against Boston closer Koji Uehara, who had not pitched since Aug. 25
Rookie right-hander Shane Greene (4-2), had his worst start as a Yankee, allowing six runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox struck for two runs in the first off Greene. With one out, Cespedes hit an RBI double, and Napoli lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.
After Kelly struck out four of the first six Yankees, Boston increased its lead to 6-0 when Nava and Bogaerts homered. Nava hit a three-run shot, his first homer since April 15, and Bogaerts followed with his first since July 29.
The Yankees scored their first run when Prado led off the third with his fifth home run, but Boston boosted its lead to 7-1 when Betts led off the fourth with his fourth home run.
Betts also took away a potential extra-base hit from first baseman Mark Teixeira when he ended the fourth with a leaping catch at the warning track in center field.
The Yankees scored twice in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Cervelli and infield single by Jeter that was overturned by replay. Jeter originally was called out.
After Jeter’s hit, Gardner was ejected by plate umpire Timmons on a called strike three. Gardner flung his helmet and bat before screaming, and he was promptly tossed.
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Notes: The Yankees announced that they will wear a patch with a logo depicting SS Derek Jeter’s final season on the left sleeve of their uniforms and cap. It will be worn from Sept. 7 through the end of the year. ... New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) and RHP David Phelps (right forearm) both threw bullpen sessions without difficulties. They will continue their rehabs later this week. ... Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his third consecutive game with concussion-like symptoms. ... Both teams made September call-ups Tuesday. The Red Sox promoted C Dan Butler and RHP Anthony Ranaudo, and the Yankees recalled C John-Ryan Murphy and RHPs Preston Claiborne, Bryan Mitchell and Chase Whitley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees also selected the contracts of LHP Rich Hill, RHP Chaz Roe and OFs Chris Young and Antoan Richardson. They designated OF Zoilo Almonte for assignment and released RHP Matt Daley.