Collapse of epic proportions

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Collapse of epic proportions

BOSTON On their way to what appeared would be -- and should have been -- a comfortable win, just their fifth this season, the Red Sox suffered the most demoralizing of their 10 losses this early season.

The Yankees came back from being nine runs down after the fifth, to handing the Sox an embarrassing 15-9 loss.

Left-hander Felix Doubront handed the bullpen what should have been a comfortable eight-run lead after six innings. But instead of holding on, giving Doubront his first big league win since August 2010, the bullpen imploded, giving up 15 runs in two innings.

The Yankees sent 23 total batters to the plate in seventh and eighth innings with 14 scoring.

Doubront went six innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. The lone run came on a Mark Teixeira sixth-inning solo homer from the right side. When he left the game, the Sox had a 9-1 lead.

Manager Bobby Valentine used every reliever except Scott Atchison all were equally ineffective. Vicente Padilla gave up five runs. Matt Albers gave up two. Franklin Morales, one. Alfredo Aceves who entered in the eighth for what was a six-out save situation gave up five. Justin Thomas, one. Only Junichi Tazawa, who pitched 1 13 innings, did not give up a run.

The last time the Red Sox blew a nine-run lead to the Yankees was June 26, 1987, in Yankee Stadium.