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N.Y. Yankees
W: T. Saito (1-0) L: C. Sabathia (5-4)
S: J. Papelbon (16)
HR: NYY - None   BOS - D. Ortiz (4)

Red Sox sweep Yankees, move to 8-0 in season series

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox are 8-0 against the New York Yankees, and they'll have most of the summer to lord it over their AL East rivals.

J.D. Drew hit an RBI single to spark an eighth-inning rally, then scored the go-ahead run on Mike Lowell's fly ball to help the Red Sox beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night. Boston has swept New York in all three series so far this season, and the teams don't meet again until Aug. 6.

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"I know the fans probably love it," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Good for them; they should. We just want to win every game."

It's the first time the Red Sox have opened the season with eight straight wins against their New York rivals since they helped christen the brand-new Fenway Park by winning the first 14 matchups against the Highlanders in 1912. Counting the last time they met last season, Boston has won nine straight.

"We definitely didn't envision this when we started off the three-game road trip. We came in here expecting to win some games," Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon said. "We've got over 100 games to go. Our day will come."

With the latest sweep, Boston went from a game behind to two games up in the division. The Red Sox left afterward for Philadelphia, an NL city where designated hitter David Ortiz will have to sit or play first base -- just as he seemed to be snapping out of his season-long slump.

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"We're playing good right now," said Ortiz, who hit his third homer in five games. "When things are happening, you've got to keep them rolling."

Takashi Saito (1-0) earned his first AL victory with four outs of scoreless relief, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Brad Penny pitched six shutout innings before the Yankees scored three times off Manny Delcarmen in the seventh to take a 3-1 lead. After cruising through seven innings, CC Sabathia (5-4) ran into trouble in the eighth when Nick Green singled and Dustin Pedroia drew a 10-pitch walk.

"CC pitched like we don't want him to pitch," Francona said admiringly. "Then all of the sudden Greenie gets a hit and Pedey has an extended at-bat and things happen like we've seen happen before. It was electric. You could feel it. I'd like to sit up here and say it never means more than it means, but it's hard not to get excited."

Drew singled to make it 3-2 and chase Sabathia after a season-high 123 pitches. Alfredo Aceves gave up a single to Kevin Youkilis to load the bases, and then another base hit to Jason Bay that tied it. Lowell hit a shallow fly ball to left-center, and Drew scored as Brett Gardner's throw bounced in the infield behind him.

"It definitely stings a lot," Sabathia said. "We lost a ball game we probably should have won. But the bottom line is we have a lot of games left."

Ortiz hit his fourth homer of the season in the second inning to make it 1-0, and it stayed that way until Penny left the game and Melky Cabrera singled to lead off the seventh. Francisco Cervelli doubled to tie it, then Damon walked with one out and Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double to give the Yankees their first lead of the series.

Rodriguez was also in the middle of it in the first inning, when Penny plunked him in the back with a pitch. After a meeting of the umpires, both benches were warned and there were no further problems.


  • John Smoltz had been scheduled to make his final rehab start in Triple-A, but Pawtucket's game at Syracuse was rained out. He will pitch on Friday night instead.
  • The Yankees did not lead against Boston at any time in the previous four games. That has happened only eight times in the 107-year-old rivalry, the last in 1974, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Damon dropped what should have been an easy fly ball to end the fourth, but it didn't do any damage.
  • Heavy rain began in the seventh, but the game was not delayed.
  • Penny threw a season-high 117 pitches.
  • Delcarmen had not allowed a run to the Yankees in his previous 16 appearances against them.
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David Ortiz (2 for 3, HR, RBI) congratulates J.D. Drew, who scores on Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
David Ortiz (2 for 3, HR, RBI) congratulates J.D. Drew, who scores on Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Penny
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5020001 .298
Johnny Damon, LF4100112 .286
Mark Teixeira, 1B5000003 .289
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3012011 .234
Robinson Cano, 2B4010003 .293
Nick Swisher, RF4010020 .255
    Brett Gardner, CF0000000 .267
Hideki Matsui, DH3020111 .260
Melky Cabrera, CF-RF4120013 .298
Francisco Cervelli, C4111015 .269
2B - Alex Rodriguez (5, Delcarmen), Nick Swisher (14, Penny), Francisco Cervelli (2, Delcarmen)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (25), Francisco Cervelli (5)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (7)
SB - Derek Jeter (12, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek), Alex Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off Penny/Varitek)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
E - Johnny Damon (3, Dropped fly)
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia (L,5-4) 7644261 3.68
Alfredo Aceves (BS,1) 0.1200000 2.55
Phil Coke 0.2000110 4.01
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 123-79, Alfredo Aceves 10-6, Phil Coke 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 5-10
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 29, Alfredo Aceves 3, Phil Coke 3
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3100110 .306
J.D. Drew, RF4121010 .267
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3010110 .350
Jason Bay, LF4011002 .277
Mike Lowell, 3B3001012 .292
David Ortiz, DH3121100 .203
Jason Varitek, C4000005 .236
Rocco Baldelli, CF4010024 .259
Nick Green, SS3110011 .279
2B - J.D. Drew (13, Sabathia)
HR - David Ortiz (4, Sabathia)
SF - Mike Lowell (1)
RBI - J.D. Drew (30), Jason Bay (57), Mike Lowell (40), David Ortiz (25)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
DP - Bay-Green-Pedroia
Boston Red Sox
Brad Penny 6600150 5.32
Manny Delcarmen (BS,1) 0.2333100 2.08
Takashi Saito (W,1-0) 1.1100020 2.53
Jonathan Papelbon (S,16) 1000000 2.00
HBP - Rodriguez (by Brad Penny)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 117-76, Manny Delcarmen 29-15, Takashi Saito 23-17, Jonathan Papelbon 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 6-6, Manny Delcarmen 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 25, Manny Delcarmen 6, Takashi Saito 5, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38153
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Gerry Davis