A-Rod, Yanks power way to 9-6 win over Sox

A-Rod, Yanks power way to 9-6 win over Sox
August 19, 2013, 12:15 am
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BOSTON – It was either a fastball that got away from him. Or it was a message Ryan Dempster delivered with his fourth pitch of the second inning. With the Red Sox leading by two runs, Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s most reviled player/villain and PED anti-hero, after throwing behind him with the first pitch and in tight on the next two.
 
The benches and bullpens emptied. Homeplate umpire Brian O’Nora issued warnings – and within minutes ejected Yankees manager Joe Girardi for arguing.
 
Rodriguez and the Yankees would ultimately get their revenge, beating the Red Sox, 9-6, Sunday night at Fenway Park.
 
Rodriguez eventually scored in the second inning, along with Curtis Granderson, tying the score. He went 3-for-4, reaching base four times including getting hit by a pitch, with two runs scored and two RBI.
 
Rodriguez led off the Yankees four-run sixth inning with a solo home run about eight rows back in the center field bleachers, and the Yankees drove Dempster from the game later in the inning. He left the bases loaded for left-hander Drake Britton, who gave up a three-run triple to Brett Gardner, the first batter he faced.
 
Dempster took the loss, falling to 6-9 as his ERA rose to 4.77. He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and walk with three strikeouts, a home run, a wild pitch, and one hit batter. He threw 107 pitches, 65 for strikes.
 
CC Sabathia got the win for the Yankees, going went 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and five walks (one intentional), a home run, and a wild pitch. He improved to 11-10, with a  4.83 ERA.
 
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for his 36th save.
 
The Sox and Yankees traded runs throughout the game, with either or both scoring in each of the first seven innings. Will Middlebrooks’ solo home run into the Sox bullpen in the fourth put the Sox up, 5-3.  It was his 10th home run of the season, and first home run since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 10.
 
But, the Yankees did the most damage with four runs in the sixth. They added a run in the seventh when Franklin Morales gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds, the first batter he faced, giving the Yankees a two-run lead, 8-6.


STAR OF THE GAME: Alex Rodriguez
Rodriguez was on base four times, going 3-for-4, with a solo home run and getting hit by a pitch. He scored two runs and had two RBI. It was his first three-hit game since Sept. 22, 2012.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Eduardo Nunez
Nunez went 3-for-3, tying his season high in hits for the fifth time, with an RBI and two stolen bases. Three of those three-hit games have been against the Red Sox. He has 13 multi-hit games in 2013, with six against Boston. He is batting .455, going 15-for-33, against Boston this season, compared to .207, 35-for-169, against all other teams. He has seven stolen bases this season, with five against the Red Sox. He left the game in the sixth inning with a tight right hamstring.
 
THE GOAT: Ryan Dempster
Dempster took the loss, falling to 6-9 as his ERA rose to 4.77. He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and walk with three strikeouts, a home run, a wild pitch, and one hit batter. He threw 107 pitches, 65 for strikes.
 
THE TURNING POINT
Hitting Rodriguez to lead off the second inning seemed to get the Yankees offense going. The Yankees scored two runs in that inning, and four more in the sixth, when Rodriguez led off with a solo home run.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 4
Sox pitchers hit four batters in the game, matching the team’s most hit batters in a game for the seventh time since 1916, and first since Sept. 7, 2011, at Toronto.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“No, I was trying to pitch him inside.” – Ryan Dempster, on if he was trying to hit Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning.