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BoSox overcome A-Rod's two homers with five-run eighth

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The ball went over the wall, and Coco Crisp went with it. He didn't do much more than tip it, but he impressed his teammates all the same.

"What we saw was one of the better efforts I've ever seen," said Red Sox reliever Brendan Donnelly, who was in the bullpen when Crisp toppled over the wall in pursuit of Alex Rodriguez's second homer of the game. "He didn't get the ball, but he made a statement to the team."

"It's perfect, isn't it?"

Crisp got up from his fifth-inning collision with the short bullpen wall and tripled in the tying runs in the eighth, scoring the game-winner on Alex Cora's blooper over a drawn-in infield to help Boston beat the New York Yankees 7-6 on Friday night.

"It's pretty much status quo for him. It was a tremendous effort," said Kyle Snyder (1-0), who allowed one walk and struck out one while getting two outs in the eighth for the win. "It's nice to see him come up with some clutch hits at the end. He deserves them."

Even after going 2-for-4 with a pair of bunt singles on Thursday, Crisp entered the game with just a .167 average. He singled in the seventh and then came up against Mariano Rivera (1-2) in the eighth with two on and two in and bounced a triple down the right-field line to make it 6-6.

"I thought I was going to catch that ball," Crisp said. "It definitely feels good to come back and put some runs up after I couldn't take those away."

Alex Cora followed with his second go-ahead hit in as many days, handing Rivera his second consecutive blown save. The Yankees closer hadn't pitched since Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning against him for Oakland on Sunday.

"I'm always going to be shocked, only because of what he is and his track record," New York manager Joe Torre said. "It hurts. We had good momentum going and it looked like we were beating a good pitcher tonight."

Rivera allowed two runs and three hits, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. With closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable after pitching in each of the previous two games, Hideki Okajima pitched the ninth for his first major league save.

Okajima retired Derek Jeter on a groundout and walked Bobby Abreu before Rodriguez lined out to second base. Kevin Thompson struck out to end the game.

Rodriguez homered twice to join Mike Schmidt, who hit 12 homers in the first 15 games in 1976, as the fastest to reach a dozen in baseball history. Rodriguez, who has hit safely in all 15 games this year and homered in four straight, also leads the majors with 30 RBI and 65 total bases.

"You run out of words and superlatives of what he's into right now," Torre said.

J.D. Drew had three hits for Boston, which trailed 5-2 before David Ortiz led off the eighth with a double and Manny Ramirez walked. Drew moved the runners up, then Mike Lowell singled to make it 6-3 and bring in Rivera.

Jason Varitek, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, singled to make it 6-4, then Crisp tripled down the right-field line to tie it. With the infield in, Cora fisted a blooper over Jeter's head to the back of the infield dirt, driving in the go-ahead run.

The Red Sox wore green uniforms to honor late Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, with black "VT" patches in memory of those who died at Virginia Tech. And the Red Sox played more like the franchise that won the 16 championship banners that hung from the Green Monster before the game instead of the one that had the second-worst record in the NBA this season.

Rodriguez flied out to the warning track in the second inning, then homered to left to lead off the fourth. Jeter and Abreu singled in the fifth before Rodriguez made it 5-2, sending Curt Schilling's pitch and Crisp over the wall.

Rodriguez moved past Willie Stargell and Stan Musial into the top 25 on baseball's all-time homer list with 476.

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada injured his left thumb while catching and left the game in the middle of the fourth inning; X-rays were negative. Will Nieves replaced him behind the plate and threw Drew out trying to steal second.

Notes

  • It was Rodriguez's second multi-homer game of the season and the 46th of his career.
  • The Red Sox hired former infielder Gary DiSarcina to manage their Single-A team in Lowell.
  • Boston ended a streak of nine straight games allowing three runs or fewer.
  • The Red Sox snapped a seven-game home losing streak against the Yankees, including an epic five-game sweep last August that effectively ended the AL East race.
 
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A-Rod ties Mike Schmidt as the fastest to reach a dozen HRs after two dingers vs. the Red Sox.
 
A-Rod ties Mike Schmidt as the fastest to reach a dozen HRs after two dingers vs. the Red Sox. (AP)
 

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Varitek
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5001023 .267
Derek Jeter, SS4110100 .318
Bobby Abreu, RF4110122 .339
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5334001 .371
Jason Giambi, DH4021010 .271
    Kevin Thompson, PR-DH1000011 .250
Jorge Posada, C2010000 .358
    Wil Nieves, C2000002 .000
Robinson Cano, 2B4120001 .283
Melky Cabrera, LF4010013 .207
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B2000100 .139
Totals37611637  
Batting
2B - Alex Rodriguez (6, Romero), Jorge Posada (4, Schilling)
HR - Alex Rodriguez 2 (12, Schilling, Schilling)
SH - Doug Mientkiewicz (2)
RBI - Johnny Damon (6), Alex Rodriguez 4 (30), Jason Giambi (12)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 3 (23)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Cano-Mientkiewicz, Jeter-Mientkiewicz
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte 6.1822231 1.85
Scott Proctor (H,3) 0.2000000 2.70
Mike Myers0111000 1.17
Luis Vizcaino 0.1122100 6.52
Mariano Rivera (BS,2; L,1-2) 0.2322010 8.44
HBP - Youkilis (by Andy Pettitte)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 100-64, Scott Proctor 6-5, Mike Myers 2-1, Luis Vizcaino 10-6, Mariano Rivera 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 10-3, Luis Vizcaino 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Scott Proctor 2, Mike Myers 1, Luis Vizcaino 3, Mariano Rivera 4
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS4000112 .259
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3010002 .241
David Ortiz, DH3110102 .291
Manny Ramirez, LF3100111 .189
J.D. Drew, RF4030000 .375
Mike Lowell, 3B4221002 .296
Jason Varitek, C4233000 .244
Coco Crisp, CF4122010 .192
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2000000 .158
   a- Wily Mo Pena, PH1000012 .182
    Alex Cora, 2B1011000 .333
Totals33713734  
a-struck out for Pedroia in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (6, Myers)
3B - Coco Crisp (1, M. Rivera)
HR - Jason Varitek (1, Pettitte)
RBI - Mike Lowell (10), Jason Varitek 3 (8), Coco Crisp 2 (6), Alex Cora (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Varitek 2 (3)
CS - J.D. Drew (1, 2nd base by Pettitte/Nieves), Alex Cora (1, 2nd base by M. Rivera/Nieves)
Team LOB - 6
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling 7855152 3.81
J.C. Romero 0.1311000 6.35
Kyle Snyder (W,1-0) 0.2000110 4.50
Hideki Okajima (S,1) 1000110 1.17
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 92-61, J.C. Romero 11-7, Kyle Snyder 11-5, Hideki Okajima 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 8-8, J.C. Romero 1-0, Kyle Snyder 1-0, Hideki Okajima 1-1
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 30, J.C. Romero 4, Kyle Snyder 3, Hideki Okajima 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36786
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt