By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Knocked from their perch atop the American League East Friday night for the first time in almost exactly a month, the Red Sox wasted no time in climbing back.
Behind six RBI from Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox cranked out 11 hits and bashed the New York Yankees, 10-4, to reclaim a tie for first in the division. Boston is 9-2 against the Yankees, assuring themselves of no worse than a split in the season series between the two rivals.
The Sox beat CC Sabathia for the fourth time in four tries this season. While Sabathia, the league's winningest pitcher, has a 2.11 ERA against other teams, his ERA against the Sox is 7.50.
He lasted six innings before departing.
Ellsbury had a third-inning sacrifice fly, a three-run homer in the fourth and a two-run single in the eighth.
Dustin Pedroia, Mike Aviles and Marco Scutaro also provided run-scoring hits for the Sox, with Pedroia chipping in with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
John Lackey allowed three runs on six hits over six innings to post his fifth win in his last six starts.
After the Sox took a 2-0 leade in the third inning, the Yanks got two off Lackey in the fourth on a double play and a run-scoring double from Eric Chavez.
They added another run in the fifth on an RBI-single by Derek Jeter, then didn't score again until Mark Teixeira homered off Daniel Bard in the eighth.
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BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.