NEW YORK -- The Yankees played Home Run Derby against the Red Sox Saturday, belting five homers -- four off starter John Lackey -- and beat up the Red Sox, 7-4.
Brian McCann hit two - his first two as a Yankee -- and Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson each added one to send the Yanks to the win.
Lackey, who had been brilliant in his first two starts of the season (2-0, 1.38 ERA), was tagged for 10 hits. Of the four homers he yielded, all of them to right, only Soriano's was not a monster shot, with a couple landing in the upper deck.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox continued their season-long struggles with runners in scoring position, with just one hit in eight such situations. Mike Carp managed a two-run single in the seventh for their one RISP hit, and that brought the Sox to within two with two on and Carp representing the potential tying run.
But Carp was thrown out attempting to steal second for final out of the inning and that was the end of the Red Sox' threat.
Hiroki Kuroda wasn't particularly sharp, walking three and allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings. But it was enough for the win. Four New York relievers combined to record the last eight outs.
The Sox had used a homer of their own from A.J. Pierzynski, who launched a two-run shot into the second deck in right to tie the game at 2-2 in the second.
But that was all the offense until the ill-fated rally in the seventh.