Yankees take advantage of wild Webster, beat Sox, 6-4

Yankees take advantage of wild Webster, beat Sox, 6-4
August 2, 2014, 8:15 pm

BOSTON - A three-run lead after two innings looked like a nice head start for Allen Webster.

But it didn't last long. Webster walked the first three hitters he faced in the the top of the next inning and didn't finish the inning, allowing four runs on five walks in the third, helping to hand the New York Yankees a 6-4 victory.

The Yankees later added on with a solo homer by Mark Teixeira off Craig Breslow in the fifth and a run-scoring double from former Red Sox shortstop Stepen Drew off Alex Wilson to further pad their lead in the seventh.

The Sox managed a run of their own in the seventh when a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz scored Brock Holt from third base.

The game began promisingly for the Sox when Mike Napoli cranked a two-run homer over everything in left. Christian Vazquez drilled a run-scoring single to center to plate Daniel Nava.

But Webster, who survived a five-walk outing last Sunday at Tropicana Field as he gave up just two runs in 5 1/3 innings, wasn't nearly as fortunate on Saturday.

Derek Jeter's flare that just reached the outfield grass behind first base scored two. Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in another with a groundout and Carlos Beltran chipped in with a single to left to drive in the fourth run of the inning.

In eight innings this season, Webster has walked 10 batters. In 10 major league appearances -- nine of them starts -- he's issued 28 walks in 38 1/3 innings while allowing 36 earned runs.

The loss was Boston's ninth loss in its last 11 games.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Derek Jeter

Jeter's two-run double in the third wasn't hit hard or far, but it did the job. He later added an infield single as part of the the Yankees' eight-hit attack.

HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Beltran

The veteran DH provided an RBI single in the third, then doubled to lead off the seventh and scored the Yankees' final run. 

GOAT OF THE GAME: Allen Webster

Webster couldn't hold a 3-0 lead. Worse, was that he couldn't throw strikes, walking the first three batters he faced immediately after being given the early cushion. He was gone before the top of the third was complete. 

TURNING POINT: Webster's errant control coughed up the lead and forced the Red Sox to get into their bullpen far earlier than they would have preferred.

BY THE NUMBERS: Jackie Bradley Jr., who had a hot streak in July, is hitless in his last 20 at-bats with 10 strikeouts in that span.

QUOTE OF NOTE:  "It was clear that he lost command of the strike zone and while there's plenty of stuff in terms of fastball action and swing-and-miss to his changeup, the ability to make an adjustment from either pitch-to-pitch or hitter-to-hitter was elusive.'' - John Farrell on Webster