Red Sox out-slug the Yankees, 11-6


Red Sox out-slug the Yankees, 11-6

By SeanMcAdam

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

"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.

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Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.