Red Sox out-slug the Yankees, 11-6

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Red Sox out-slug the Yankees, 11-6

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

NEW YORK -- The new Yankee Stadium can be an inviting ballpark for powerful lineups, and for the second night in a row Wednesday, the Red Sox turned it into an offensive shooting gallery.

Scoring in five of the nine innings and belting three home runs, the Red Sox walloped the New York Yankees, 11-6. The win was Boston's seventh win in eight tries this season against its rivals and gave them a one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League League East.

Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves, who were both spot starters last month, took a tag-team approach to the Yankees, with Wakefield starting and going the first 5 13 innings and Aceves following with 2 23 innings of relief.

As was the case in the series opener Tuesday, the Sox got off to a quick start, scoring three times in the top of the first. Two of the runs came on yet another homer by David Ortiz, his fourth in his last eight games.

The Sox pushed their lead to 7-0 with three more runs in the fourth.

The Yankees made things interesting with a solo homer from Alex Rodriguez in the fourth and a two-run double by Derek Jeter in the fifth.

Wakefield tired after 91 pitches in the sixth as the Yanks scored once more but ninth inning homers from Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew provided a cushion.

STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz set the tone in the first inning with a two-run bomb into the right field seats, his second homer in as many nights, helping the Red Sox to their second straight 3-run first inning.

The homer was significant, too, since it came a night after New YOrk manager Joe Girardi criticized Ortiz for a bat flip after his homer in the series opener, and seemed to eliminate any suggestion that the Yanks might be seeking retribution.

HONRABLE MENTION: Alfredo Aceves
Returned to the bullpen -- for now, at least -- Aceves once again piggy-backed a starter and finished a game for the Red Sox will multiple relief innings.

Aceves came on in the sixth when Tim Wakefield tired after 91 pitches and lugged the Sox to the finish line, allowing just one run over the final 3 23 innings.

GOAT OF THE GAME: A.J. Burnett
Once again, the Yankees' starter didn't give his team much of a chance. Tuesday night, it was Freddy Garcia, gone in the second inning. Wednesday night, A.J. Burnett was the culprit, lasting into the sixth, but still allowing eight runs, seven of them earned.

The eight runs were a season high for Burnett, who is winless in his last eight career starts against the Red Sox.

TURNING POINT
Just when it seemed like the Yankees were building some momentum, closing to 7-5 with two runners on in the sixth, Aceves got Derek Jeter to hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing double play.

BY THE NUMBERS
After hitting just one homer in his first 44 games, Carl Crawford has hit five homers in his last 15 games.

QUOTE OF NOTE
"I don't care about what Joe Girardi said. I've got almost 370 bombs. I don't want to make a big deal because I bat-flipped (after) one.'' -- David Ortiz, who homered for the second straight night.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP 

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

BOSTON -- The Red Sox scored runs in bunches in tallying four consecutive victories. They leaned on pitching and defense to earn their latest.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners for their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third win in a row for Rodriguez (4-1), who gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

"I just go out there and pitch," Rodriguez said. "I'm never really thinking about numbers. I just go out there and throw my pitches and do the best I can do."

That effort is producing one of the best stretches of his three-year career.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span. He hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings and only 11 runs in his last 49 1/3 innings. His ERA is just 2.01 over that same period.

"He was amazing," Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "Put zeroes on the board all night long. And he made the big pitch when he needed to."

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Manager John Farrell said his 24-year-old pitcher is in a "very good place" right now.

"He was powerful tonight," he said. "It's just a matter of his abilities coming together. This has always been an extremely talented young guy. We've talked about his maturity, we've talked about his progression. It's been on display here for a good number of starts consecutively."

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs.

"The whole night obviously wasn't consistent," he said.

Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help defensively. Bradley had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBIs in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

MISSING: OFFENSE

Mariners manager Scott Servais said they are doing everything they can to find production from an offense that has gone missing.

"Offensively, we struggled to put innings together. That's kind of been the story here for the last week or so, we just haven't gotten the line moving at all, for whatever reason," he said. "Guys are frustrated by it, we all are. We know we're better than that, offensively. It's not happening right now."

Seattle was held scoreless for the fourth time this season.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his first major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.