New York at Boston

W: J. Beckett (4-0) L: J. Karstens (0-1)
S: J. Papelbon (5)
HR: NYY - None   BOS - D. Ortiz (6)

Beckett calms down, Ortiz smashes HR as BoSox win vs. Yanks

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- The Red Sox managed to keep Alex Rodriguez from hitting another home run. The Yankees can't say the same about David Ortiz.

Ortiz had a two-run homer and four RBI and Josh Beckett settled down to help Boston beat New York 7-5 Saturday for its second consecutive victory over the Yankees. It was Ortiz's fourth homer in seven games and his 12th in the past two years against New York.

"Any time he comes up, you're playing with fire," Yankees starter Jeff Karstens said.

Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games dating to last season. But a day after he hit two home runs to match the fastest start in baseball history -- 12 homers in the first 15 games -- his home run streak was snapped at four straight games.

Rodriguez was on deck, the potential tying run, when Jonathan Papelbon got Bobby Abreu on a line drive to center field to end it. Papelbon got three outs for his fifth save in as many tries.

"To not have it get to Alex ... it was starting to get to decision time," said Boston manager Terry Francona, whose team has won four straight and seven of eight. "The fewer decisions you have to make, the better."

Beckett (4-0) allowed a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, but retired 15 out of 17 batters before allowing three straight baserunners with two outs in the seventh to cut Boston's lead to 7-5. Hideki Okajima struck out Jason Giambi to end the threat.

Beckett, who allowed a total of three earned runs while winning each of his first three starts, gave up five runs in all against the Yankees -- four earned. He allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out seven to pick up his career-high fourth consecutive win.

"It was a heavyweight fight the first couple of innings," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Once Beckett got the lead, he settled in."

The Red Sox also scored two in each of the first two innings against Karstens (0-1), and they kept on scoring. He allowed seven runs and nine hits, striking out one with two walks, one of them to Kevin Youkilis with two outs in the fourth before Ortiz hit a two-run homer that turned a one-run game into a 7-4 lead.

"Him and Manny (Ramirez), both of them have done so much damage to us over the years," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "We'd love to always face them with nobody on base. That's why their first two hitters are so important."

On Friday night, the Red Sox rallied from a 6-2 deficit with five runs in the eighth inning to beat the Yankees in the opener of the three-game series. Sunday's finale will feature Japanese star Daisuke Matsuzaka against New York rookie Chase Wright.

"It's the Yankees vs. the Red Sox," Torre said. "We don't sit up at night to see who they're pitching."


  • Ramirez made an interesting move to hop over Rodriguez's double off the Green Monster, either trying to get out of the way or trying to stop it with his foot.
  • OF Coco Crisp, DH Ortiz and third-base coach DeMarlo Hale will wear No. 42 on Sunday for Boston's rain-delayed tribute to Jackie Robinson.
  • Ortiz's 179th homer as a Red Sox player moved him ahead of Nomar Garciaparra and into 10th place on the team's career list.
  • Jeter singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Yankees closer Mariano Rivera got a standing ovation from the fans in the right-field corner when he went out to the bullpen in the fifth.
  • Crisp and Alex Cora had consecutive bunt singles in the second inning, and both scored as the Red Sox rallied to tie it at 4-4.
  • Injured Yankees RHP Mike Mussina (strained left hamstring) threw 30 pitches off flat ground. His next step could be a rehab stint. RHP Carl Pavano (right forearm stiffness) played catch from 60 feet and will do it again before determining what to do next.
  • Yankees CF Johnny Damon pinch hit in the ninth despite a sore back and hamstring. C Jorge Posada sat out after bruising his thumb on Friday night.
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Josh Beckett settles down after allowing four runs and five hits over the first two innings.
Josh Beckett settles down after allowing four runs and five hits over the first two innings. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Lugo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera, CF4011110 .210
Derek Jeter, SS5220010 .324
Bobby Abreu, RF3100211 .323
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4021012 .379
Jason Giambi, DH4011033 .270
Robinson Cano, 2B4021001 .297
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000004 .128
   a- Josh Phelps, PH-1B1000000 .294
Kevin Thompson, LF4110021 .250
Wil Nieves, C3100000 .000
   b- Johnny Damon, PH1000000 .261
a-popped out for Mientkiewicz in the 8th
b-grounded out for Nieves in the 9th
2B - Alex Rodriguez (7, Beckett), Robinson Cano (3, Beckett), Kevin Thompson (2, Beckett)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (5), Alex Rodriguez (31), Jason Giambi (13), Robinson Cano (7)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (24), Jason Giambi (4), Robinson Cano (2)
SB - Melky Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Papelbon/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Jeter-Phelps
New York Yankees
Jeff Karstens (L,0-1) 4.1977211 14.54
Brian Bruney 1200000 0.87
Sean Henn 0.2000110 0.79
Scott Proctor 1100200 2.45
Kyle Farnsworth 1100000 6.14
IBB - Ramirez by Sean Henn
WP - Jeff Karstens (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 87-56, Brian Bruney 33-22, Sean Henn 8-4, Scott Proctor 22-11, Kyle Farnsworth 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 5-7, Brian Bruney 2-1, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 24, Brian Bruney 5, Sean Henn 3, Scott Proctor 6, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS4122100 .276
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4221103 .259
David Ortiz, DH5124012 .300
Manny Ramirez, LF4010101 .193
J.D. Drew, RF4000103 .346
Mike Lowell, 3B4010002 .293
Jason Varitek, C4020011 .267
Coco Crisp, CF4220003 .214
Alex Cora, 2B2110102 .357
2B - Kevin Youkilis (3, Karstens), David Ortiz (7, Karstens)
HR - David Ortiz (6, Karstens)
SH - Alex Cora (1)
RBI - Julio Lugo 2 (5), Kevin Youkilis (5), David Ortiz 4 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (1), David Ortiz 2 (8)
SB - Coco Crisp (2, 2nd base off Karstens/Nieves)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Cora-Youkilis
E - Mike Lowell (5, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,4-0) 6.2954270 2.55
Hideki Okajima (H,1) 0.2000010 1.08
Mike Timlin (H,1) 0.2000000 4.91
Jonathan Papelbon (S,5) 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 106-72, Hideki Okajima 7-5, Mike Timlin 6-5, Jonathan Papelbon 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-4, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 31, Hideki Okajima 2, Mike Timlin 2, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36342
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh