Whether at Fenway Park or in the Bronx, the New York Yankees continue to pile up the runs against the rival Boston Red Sox.
That likely doesn't bode well for Jon Lester .
While CC Sabathia looks to continue his recent run of success, Lester hopes to avoid a fourth consecutive losing start Saturday against the Yankees.
After New York (60-39) batted .319 and totaled 49 runs to win five of the first six against Boston this season - all at Fenway - the Yankees rolled to a 10-3 home win over the Red Sox on Friday. Curtis Granderson had three hits, including a grand slam, and Ichiro Suzuki went 1 for 4 with two runs scored in his home debut for New York, which is off to its best start versus Boston since opening 6-0 in 1994.
Losers in six of seven, the last-place Red Sox (49-51) are 11 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees. Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez each hit two-run homers as New York scored at least 10 runs for the third time against Boston in 2012."We're two games under .500," said second baseman Dustin Pedroia , who homered and two RBIs. "We've got to play better, now."
Granderson, who has homered in two of the last three games, is 10 for 25 against the Red Sox this season.
Suzuki, 4 for 16 in four games since being traded to New York earlier this week, was warmly welcomed by his new home fans."It has been a while since this type of experience," said Suzuki, who has homered for two of his eight hits in 29 at-bets versus Lester.
The veteran outfielder will be another concern in the potent Yankee lineup for Lester (5-8, 5.46 ERA), who has allowed 22 runs, 25 hits, five homers and 10 walks while losing three consecutive starts. He gave up career-high 11 runs, four homers and five walks in four innings of a 15-7 loss to Toronto on Sunday."I'm not doing my job," Lester said. "It's embarrassing. That's all I can really say about it."
Though Lester has not won since June 27, his Boston teammates are doing all they can to support the left-hander during a rough stretch that began with a 7-3 loss to New York on July 8 in which he allowed five runs in 4 1-3 innings."Basically just telling him that we have his back," Pedroia said.
Lester was 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA in nine starts in the Bronx before he was roughed up for eight runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 9-1 loss there Sept. 24.
Making his first appearance against the Red Sox this season, Sabathia (10-3, 3.30) has allowed six runs over 6 2-3 innings in each of his last two starts versus Boston at Yankee Stadium - both losses.
Sabathia, however, is 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his last five starts overall, a stretch interrupted by a three-week stint on the disabled list with a groin strain. After he threw six scoreless innings against Toronto on July 17 in his first start since coming off the DL, the left-hander gave up three runs and two homers over seven innings of a 5-4, 12-inning loss at Oakland on Sunday.
Batting .319 against Sabathia, Carl Crawford homered in the opener for his only hit in 18 at-bats over his last five games.
|Boston Red Sox|
|July 21, 2012||Mike Aviles||Day-to-Day||Turf toe|
|July 17, 2012||David Ortiz||15-Day DL||Right Achilles strain|
|July 14, 2012||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right forearm tightness|
|July 04, 2012||Dustin Pedroia||15-Day DL||Jammed right thumb|
|July 04, 2012||Dustin Pedroia||15-Day DL||Jammed right thumb|
|July 03, 2012||Daisuke Matsuzaka||15-Day DL||Neck injury|
|New York Yankees|
|July 25, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||15-Day DL||Non-displaced fracture in left hand|
|July 25, 2012||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Strained left hip flexor|
|July 24, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||Day-to-Day||Left hand fracture|
|June 28, 2012||Andy Pettitte||60-Day DL||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 27, 2012||Andy Pettitte||Day-to-Day||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 25, 2012||CC Sabathia||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Curtis Granderson misplayed Pedro Ciriaco's ninth-inning flyball into a go-ahead triple, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-6 Saturday night after Mark Teixeira had tied the score with a two-run homer off nemesis Vicente Padilla.
Down 6-1, the Yankees closed in the fifth on Jayson Nix's two-run homer off Jon Lester and Derek Jeter's RBI grounder.
After Teixeira's homer in the eighth, Rafael Soriano (2-1) walked Jacoby Ellsbury with one out in the ninth and Ciriaco hit a fly that could have been caught. Granderson broke in, then went back and turned the wrong way before the ball dropped to his right-field side as he fell. Dustin Pedroia followed with a sacrifice fly.
Andrew Miller (3-1) got one out for the win, just the second for Boston in eight games against the Yankees this year. Alfredo Aceves finished for his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Padilla and Teixeira have been going at each other in recent weeks. Padilla allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez in the eighth, then threw a called third strike past Derek Jeter. Granderson hit two foul drives deep down the right-field line, the second missing a home run by about a foot, before striking out.
Padilla fell behind 2-0 in the count to Teixeira, then lobbed in a 51 mph curveball. Teixeira turned on the next pitch, sending it deep into the right-field bleachers. He stared at the ball as he took four short steps up the line, then went into his home run trot.
Teixeira hit a go-ahead, two-run triple off Padilla in the seventh inning at Fenway Park on July 6, sparking a weekend war of words. Padilla accused Teixeira of wronging Latino teammates when they played together on the Texas Rangers , and Teixeira said Padilla "didn't have a lot of friends in the game." Padilla responded Teixeira would "be better off playing a women's sport."
Boston manager Bobby Valentine caused a stir began the game when he said the Red Sox medical staff instructed him not to play Carl Crawford four days in a row, a mandate Valentine said he ignored earlier in the month after the left fielder came off the disabled list.
Following a rain delay of 2 hours, 4 minutes, the Red Sox had built their lead when Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI double and scored on Will Middlebrook's two-run double in the first, then hit a three-run homer off CC Sabathia in the fifth.
Chris Stewart's first home run since September cut the gap to 3-1 in the third, but Gonzalez boosted the lead with two outs in the fifth when he lined a home run into the right-field bleachers. Gonzalez leads the majors in batting average with runners in scoring position at .418 (41 for 98).
New Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki raced into the right-center gap to rob Gonzalez of an extra-base hit with a catch just in front of the warning track in the seventh.
Lester, who had been 0-3 with a 10.42 in his previous four starts, allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts. He fanned Robinson Cano in the sixth for his 1,000th strikeout.
Sabathia allowed a season-high six runs and eight hits in six innings. He retired 12 of 13 batters following Middlebrooks' double, then gave up Ciriaco's single and a walk on a close full-count pitch to Pedroia before Gonzalez's home run.
NOTES: Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona visited with Boston players before the game in the Red Sox clubhouse, preparing for his job as a broadcaster for Sunday night's game on ESPN. ... The Yankees have outscored the Red Sox 18-12 in the first inning this year. ... Stewart, who has turned into Sabathia's regular catcher, had gone homerless in 105 at-bats since connecting for San Francisco off the Los Angeles Dodgers ' Clayton Kershaw