Yanks get 9 in 2nd, blow out Sox, 10-2


Yanks get 9 in 2nd, blow out Sox, 10-2

NEW YORK -- In a season of far too many lows, the Red Sox found another on their way to their worst season in more than four decades.

The Yankees launched four homers in the second inning, accounting for all but one of their runs in a 10-2 rout of the Red Sox.

The Yanks sent 13 men to the plate that inning and got homers from Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira.

Starter Clay Buccholz gave up the first three, while Alfredo Aceves gave up the one to Teixeira, who was in the lineup after missing 20 straight games because of a calf injury.

The four homers in the same inning tied a franchise record for the Yankees, who moved a game ahead of the Orioles in the AL East race with two games to play. Both teams have secured playoff spots.

Buchholz, in his final start of the season, dropped to 11-8 and was winless over his final eight outings. His last win came on Aug. 16.

The Sox managed a run in the fourth on Daniel Nava's leadoff homer and got another in the seventh when Mauro Gomez walked, too second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Sox and fourth in a row on this trip, during which they've allowed 10 homers.

It also dropped the Sox to 7-20 since Sept. 1, the same record they posted last September that led to the firing of Terry Francona.

STAR OF THE GAME: Robinson Cano
As the final score hints, there were plenty of offensive heroes as the Yankees pounded out 13 hits and scored 10 runs. But Cano collected three hits -- a homer in the second, and doubles in the third and fourth -- drove in three and scored two as part of the rout.

Granted, it was hardly an imposing lineup that he faced. But Sabathia did his job, getting quick outs -- retiring the side in order three times in the first six innings -- and allowing his teammates to get back in the batter's box.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
This was, in a word, ugly. Buchholz's final outing of the season will be a tough memory to take into the off-season: 1 23 innings pitched, eight runs -- including three homers -- allowed as his winless streak stretched to eight straight games.

TURNING POINT: A cynic might suggest it was when Bobby Valentine turned in the lineup card full of non-regulars. Still, since this game was lost because of poor pitching, we'll go with the back-to-back homers hit by Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin that quickly built the score to 4-0 in the second.

BY THE NUMBERS: The last time the Red Sox allowed four homers in an inning was 1997, which, coincidentally, was the last season in which they posted a losing record.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "It's tought whenever you leave pitches out over the middle of the plate and every one of them gets hit.'' -- Clay Buchholz

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment


David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.