Red Sox continue to mash in 13-9 win over Yanks

Red Sox continue to mash in 13-9 win over Yanks
September 7, 2013, 4:45 pm
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NEW YORK -- Not even the presence of John Lackey could cool off the Red Sox' bats.
Lackey, who had received the worst run support of any Red Sox starter, got more than he had in any one game this season as the Sox continued to pile up hits, homers and runs at a furious pace, bashing the New York Yankees for the third straight game.
The win was Boston's fifth in a row overall and gave them six straight series wins.
In the last four games, the Red Sox have scored 53 runs and belted 17 homers.
The Sox rode homers from Jonny Gomes (a three-run shot in the third), Mike Napoli (two-run homer in the second) and Xander Bogaerts (two-run belt in the fifth) to jump to a 12-3 lead.
Every member of the starting lineup collected at least one hit and seven of the nine had at least one extra-base hit.
Lackey was nicked for solo runs in the second, third and fourth before yielding four more in the sixth. The seven runs allowed were a season high. Only twice before Saturday had Lackey given up more than four runs in a start this year.
Napoli's homer was his fifth in his last 12 games and fifth against the Yankees this season. Bogaerts, meanwhile, hit his first big league homer, a long blast to left that cleared the bullpen and was estimated at nearly 450 feet.
The win guaranteed the Sox would win the season series with the Yankees. Boston is 10-5 with four games remaining between the two teams.

Gomes smoked a three-run homer in the third and added a run-scoring double in the fourth. He later added a single, scored two runs and knocked in four. He even chipped in in the field, making an acrobatic, over-the-shoulder catch to take away extra bases from Lyle Overbay in the seventh.

The phenom blasted his first major league homer, a tape-measure shot that was hit almost 450 feet. As if that wasn't enough, he also had a double and a brilliant back-hand play short to take away a hit from Robinson Cano.

Manager Joe Girardi said before the game he was hoping to get 90-95 pitches from Huff to help his overworked bullpen. Huff delivered only 65, and that got him just 3 1/3 innings, while putting his team in a 9-3 hole.

TURNING POINT: In the fourth inning, already ahead 5-2, the Red Sox collected six hits in the span of seven at-bats, turning the game into a laugher with a five-run outburst.

BY THE NUMBERS: Mike Napoli has 21 homers this season; six have come against the Yankees.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Breslow was joking around with me, saying, 'Not even Lackey can stop our offense today.' '' - John Lackey, on finally getting some run support.