NEW YORK -- Brandon Workman pitched Friday night for the first time since June 15, and particularly in the early innings, showed some rust.
Workman got better as the night went along, but the four runs he allowed in seven innings were too much for the Red Sox' silent bats to overcome in a 6-0 blanking by the Yanks.
"With the exception of the 1-and-1 fastball to Kelly Johnson,'' said John Farrell of a pitch that resulted in a two-run homer, "I thought he gave us a solid inning. Seven quality innings, with the exception of the one pitch.''
Workman was nicked for a run in the first on a single, double and sacrifice fly before the long ball struck in the fourth. First came Johnson's two-run belt, followed immediately by a solo shot from light-hitting Brett Gardner.
After that, Workman finished better, closing out with three scoreless innings.
"It was a little bit of a grind the whole time,'' said Workman. "I was constantly pitching with guys on and stuff like that. I was able to pitch out of some situations (incuding a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third), but they tagged for a couple of homers. That hurt.''
Workman blamed himself for "pulling a fastball down the middle'' to Johnson with Brian McCann on first after a leadoff single. The pitch to Gardner wasn't a particularly bad pitch, but Gardner managed to drive it into the seats in right for his fifth homer of the season.
Was he rusty after the layoff?
"I'm not going to use that as an excuse,'' he said. "I threw between (outings), I worked, I stayed sharp. That's not any kind of excuse.''
He got no support from his teammates, who were shutout for the seventh time this season, but he insisted that wasn't a factor.
"Whether we're scoring runs or not,'' he said, "I'm still trying to put up zeros, doing everything I can to do that. It really doesn't affect anything I was trying to do on the mound.''
The four runs allowed were the most earned runs Workman has yielded in nine major league starts.