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Red Sox pounce on error, power their way past Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Francisco Cervelli settled under Mike Lowell's second-inning popup, a routine play that major-league catchers make 99 out of 100 times, maybe even more.

This time, the ball kicked off his glove and rolled into foul territory for an error. Three unearned runs later, the Boston Red Sox and Clay Buchholz had a two-run lead. They never lost it in Friday night's 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees, the opener of a potentially pivotal four-game series.

Red Sox at Yankees

"It's pretty big, yeah. Everyone has high hopes going into tomorrow," Buchholz said. "We lose this one and then lose that one, everyone knows where that goes."

David Ortiz hit his 24th home run of the season and rookie Ryan Kalish hit the first of his big-league career. The Red Sox closed to 5-4 in the season series and pulled within five games of the AL East-leading Yankees, who remained a half-game ahead of second-place Tampa Bay.

"We have to keep on winning -- have to keep winning games," Ortiz said. "Everything else takes care of itself."

While reliever Hideki Okajima became the latest in Boston's lengthy disabled list, new Yankee Lance Berkman thinks Boston's strong starters give the Red Sox a chance to compete for a playoff berth.

"When you have good pitching, it really doesn't matter. You can put eight stiffs out there," Berkman said, before quickly adding: "I'm not saying that's what they have."

Buchholz (12-5) allowed Mark Teixeira's two-run homer in the first, then settled down to win for only the second time in five starts since June 20. He gave up three runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings, leaving his ERA at 2.66.

Cervelli blamed himself for the miscue.

"I think I moved my glove late and it dropped," Cervelli said. "You never let the pitcher catch a fly ball. That's my fault."

Pitcher Javier Vazquez faulted himself. The ball was in front of him, and he had a better angle.

"After he dropped it, I said, 'Man, I should have called that ball, because it was an easy play for me,"' he said.

New York led 2-1 at the time. Walks to Jed Lowrie and Jacoby Ellsbury forced in the tying run, and Marco Scutaro lined a two-run, two-out double to left.

"Someone's got to catch it. That's the bottom line," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said following his team's fourth loss in five games.

A crowd of 49,555 was the largest regular-season attendance at new Yankee Stadium and the seventh sellout of the year, matching 2009's regular-season total.

Derek Jeter singled in the first for his 2,873rd hit, tying Babe Ruth for 39th place. Jeter worked out a 12-pitch walk against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth before Nick Swisher flied to left, giving Papelbon his 27th save in 32 chances.

"It was aggravating," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "You never want to see him come to bat in the ninth. He just wills himself to be great."

Vazquez (9-8) struggled with less than his usual velocity and allowed six runs -- three earned -- six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the fifth pulled the Yankees within a run. After striking out in his first two at-bats, Kalish lined a pitch into the right-field bullpen for a two-run homer in the sixth.

"It's wild, it really was," Kalish said. "When I hit it I knew it had a chance. I thought to myself, 'Is this real?' For a minute there it felt unreal."

Notes

  • New Yankees reliever Kerry Wood threw several Indians caps into a clubhouse garbage can before the game.
  • With two on and no outs in the fourth after an error by Scutaro on an offline glove flip to second on Berkman's grounder, Curtis Granderson grounded into a double play for the first time in 287 at-bats this season.
  • Ellsbury is hitless in 12 at-bats since he was activated from the DL.
  • Berkman is 2 for 19 with the Yankees.
  • New York has four straight games with two-run, first-inning homers.
 
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Ryan Kalish extends the Red Sox lead in the sixth inning with his first career home run.  (US Presswire)
Ryan Kalish extends the Red Sox lead in the sixth inning with his first career home run. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4001101 .196
Marco Scutaro, SS5012001 .278
David Ortiz, DH4121110 .262
Victor Martinez, C5010004 .284
Adrian Beltre, 3B5110012 .334
J.D. Drew, RF4010002 .263
Mike Lowell, 1B4210011 .217
Ryan Kalish, LF4112023 .429
Jed Lowrie, 2B2110210 .289
Totals3769646  
Batting
2B - Marco Scutaro (27, Vazquez), Adrian Beltre (32, Vazquez), J.D. Drew (21, Vazquez)
HR - David Ortiz (24, Vazquez), Ryan Kalish (1, Vazquez)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (4), Marco Scutaro 2 (37), David Ortiz (73), Ryan Kalish 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (3), Marco Scutaro 2 (17), David Ortiz (30)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Scutaro
E - Marco Scutaro (14, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (W,12-5) 7.1933041 2.66
Daniel Bard (H,24) 0.2000000 1.78
Jonathan Papelbon (S,27) 1000100 2.87
HBP - Jeter (by Clay Buchholz)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 97-65, Daniel Bard 6-4, Jonathan Papelbon 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 13-5, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 32, Daniel Bard 2, Jonathan Papelbon 4
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS3210101 .280
Nick Swisher, RF5020002 .297
Mark Teixeira, 1B4112013 .258
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4011000 .263
Robinson Cano, 2B4030002 .329
Lance Berkman, DH4000002 .237
Curtis Granderson, CF4000012 .242
Francisco Cervelli, C3010011 .255
   a- Jorge Posada, PH1000000 .261
Brett Gardner, LF4000011 .287
Totals3639314  
a-grounded out for Cervelli in the 9th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (31, Buchholz)
HR - Mark Teixeira (24, Buchholz)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (83), Alex Rodriguez (88)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (33)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Francisco Cervelli (7, Dropped fly)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Javier Vazquez (L,9-8) 5.1663452 4.63
Joba Chamberlain 0.2000000 5.29
Kerry Wood 1.2200010 5.79
Boone Logan 0.1000000 3.20
Chad Gaudin 1100000 6.34
IBB - Ortiz by Javier Vazquez
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 109-66, Joba Chamberlain 8-4, Kerry Wood 32-18, Boone Logan 3-2, Chad Gaudin 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 3-9, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, Kerry Wood 1-3
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, Joba Chamberlain 2, Kerry Wood 7, Boone Logan 1, Chad Gaudin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 49555
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt