Notes: Scutaro an unlikely hero versus Yankees

Notes: Scutaro an unlikely hero versus Yankees
April 11, 2011, 5:51 am
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By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- In a convincing 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday, the offensive star was an unlikely one.

Shortstop Marco Scutaro came into the game with just 3 hits in 21 at-bats and sat out Saturday while Terry Francona gave a start at short to Jed Lowrie.

Scutaro worked two walks off CC Sabathia in his first two plate appearances, but the heroics took place in the seventh against reliever Joba Chamberlain.

Scutaro came to the plate with bases loaded and one out in the seventh and the Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead. He promptly drove a pitch from Chamberlain into the corner in left, upping the Sox' lead to 3-0.

"I was just trying to look for a pitch I could handle,'' said Scutaro. "The first pitch was a slider, it was kind of down and away. Then I was just looking for a fastball, a pitch I can at least hit a fly ball on or something.''

After a slow start offensively, Scutaro was relieved to make a contribution.

"It's nice, especially with the situation we're in right now,'' he said. "We're just trying to get out of this slump. so it's always nice when you come through like that. It feels good.

"We wanted to score a couple more runs for Josh Beckett. He was throwing the ball so good, and we wanted a couple more so he could relax a little bit.''

Francona on Dustin Pedroia, who went 9-for-13 in the series:

I think he almost wills himself to help us win.

The Red Sox shut out the Yankees for the first time since a 7-0 Beckett win win in June 9, 2009 at Fenway.

Red Sox pitchers last held the Yankees to two hits on Sept. 10, 1999 at Yankee Stadium, and last did it at Fenway Park on June 7, 1990.

The Red Sox busted out for a season-high 12 hits, but also left 16 runners on base. They left at least one runner on base in every inning.

We got a lot of hits and we also left a lot of men on base, manager Terry Francona said. Some of thats CC Sabathia. Hes not only good . . . but hes a very intelligent pitcher. He knows who he wants to face, maybe who he wants to pitch around. Hes very good about that. We have left some men on. Fortunately the way Beckett pitched, it didnt matter tonight.

J.D. Drew has reached safely in all seven games hes played this season, including hitting in six straight. He is 7-for-20 (.350) in that stretch.

The game marked the first time neither team hit a home run in a game between the Red Sox and Yankees since April 26, 2009.

At 2:56 it was the shortest game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park since a 2:49 game on April 12, 2008, a 4-3 Red Sox win.

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