CC Sabathia tossed six innings of two-run ball, the Yankees' offense did everything it could to back him up, scoring runs on runs on runs on runs as the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 14-5, on Thursday night in the series finale at Fenway Park.
Most Yankees-Red Sox games seem to take a long time to be completed, but this one felt extra long, especially with the five-run 7th inning that the Yankees had.
The Yankees scored seven unanswered runs over the first three innings to start the game, knocking out starting pitcher Felix Doubront quite early.
After Carlos Beltran reached base safely on an error by Xander Bogaerts with two outs in the 1st inning, Alfonso Soriano hit a double into the right-center field gap to score Beltran al the way home from first base. They tacked on three more runs in the 2nd inning; two on a double by Yangervis Solarte to break an 0-for-11 skid, and then Solarte came around to score a couple batter later on a wild pitch from Doubront, making it a 4-0 game.
The lead jumped up to 7-0 in the 3rd inning when Mark Teixeira hit a very high solo homerun off the top of the Monster to open the inning. It was Teixeira's first homerun of the season, and first since June 6th of last season. Two batters later, Brett Gardner reached base on an error, then stole second and third base, and then scored on a Brian Roberts single. Jacoby Ellsbury drove him home shortly after in a single to center.
Even with the big lead, you kind of had to winder if Sabathia would be able to hold onto it, or give up enough runs to make the game close again.
Sabathia didn't give up any hits until the 3rd inning, when he also gave up a pair of runs. Dustin Pedroia walked and Shane Victorino doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, then David Ortiz hit a sac-fly to center field, scoring Pedroia. After a groundout, Mike Napoli doubled to drive in Victorino, cutting the lead to 7-2.
Sabathia threw 1-6 pitches in six innings, giving up just two runs on three hits, while walking three and striking out eight. After throwing the ball really well against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last start, and now looking good tonight, it seems as if Sabathia is starting to get into a groove, and it would be great if he could continue for the rest of the season.
The Yankees scored five more runs in the 7th inning to blow the game wide open. Solarte added two more RBIs to his total with a single into right field. Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double to score Roberts, and then Derek Jeter hit a two-run single into left field to extend the lead to 12-2.
Shane Greene, who was called up before the game, made his major league debut in the 7th inning, coming on in relief of Sabathia. it's safe to say that Greene would like a do-over on his debut.
He walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to open the inning, then Jeter made an error on a Pedroia ground ball, putting runners on the corners. A past ball from Greene scored Bradley. He struck out Victorino for his first big league strikeout, but walked the next two batters he faced, forcing Joe Girardi to remove him from the game. Girardi brought in Adam Warren, who gave up a sac-fly to Johnny Gomes and a RBI double to Bogaerts, capping off the three-run frame.
The Yankees scored on more run in the 9th inning off of a bases loaded walk to Ellsbury. Funny story there, outfielder Mike Capr was pitching for the Sox. He walked Teixeira, got a doubleplay from Brian McCann, then walked the next four to force in a run. The Yankees walked 12 time in the game, while striking out only twice -- that has to be some kind of record.
This road trip has been real, it's been run, but it hasn't been real fun. The Yankees finally head back home tonight to prepare for the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. Hiroki Kuroda gets the call for the Bombers at 7:05 pm ET.