Red Sox take second straight from Yankees, 7-4

Red Sox take second straight from Yankees, 7-4
April 3, 2013, 11:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- For the second straight game, the Red Sox got a strong outing from a key starting pitcher, and with it, another victory.

Clay Buchholz, following up Opening Day starter Jon Lester's effort, went seven innings and allowed just a single run on six hits as the Red Sox trumped the New York Yankees, 7-4.

The victory gave the Red Sox a 2-0 start to their season, their best start since 1999. Not since 1935 had the Red Sox begun the year with two road wins in New York.

Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda was struck on the right middle finger on a line drive single by Shane Victorino in the second, and was forced from the game four batters later after walking one and hitting two others.

The Sox bashed out 13 hits, with five players -- Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Victorino and Jose Iglesias - each collecting two hits each.

Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. collected his first major league hit in the third -- a ground single up the middle that scored Victorino.

Ellsbury had a two-run single in the four-run third. Five of the seven runs scored came after two were out.

All four of the Yankee runs came on homers. Travis Hafner hit a solo shot off Buchholz in the fourth and Vernon Wells hit a three-run blast off Alfredo Aceves in the eighth.


STAR OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
In cold conditions and with some long innings as his team scored runs, Buchholz never wavered, giving the Red Sox seven strong innings while allowing just a single run. That's quite a contrast to last year when, in two starts against the Yanks, Buchholz was 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA.

Iglesias followed up his three-hit performance on Opening Day with two more hits. And like Monday, when all of the hits were of the infield variety, these were both hit hard, including a double that was part of the team's four-run third inning.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Hiroki Kuroda
Kuroda foolishly tried to barehand a line drive by Shane Victorino and ended up suffering a contusion of the right middle finger, which eventually forced him from the game. That meant Joe Girardi had to get 7 2/3 innings from his bullpen.

TURNING POINT: The injury to Kuroda was huge. It resulted in two hits batsman and a walk and forced the Yanks to get the final 23 outs from relievers, leaving them short in the bullpen for the series finale.

BY THE NUMBERS: In the first two games of the season, the 7-8-9 hitters are a collective 10-for-24 (.417) with eight runs scored and four RBI.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "We're certainly not going to take away from what Jose (Iglesias) has done, but we signed a premium guy in the off-season to be our starting shortstop and we're not going to (have) an injury cause him to lose his job.'' John Farrell, making clear that there will be no shortstop controvery when Stephen Drew is ready to play.