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Yanks drop collapsing BoSox to 4-15 since Sept. 4

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NEW YORK -- Manager Terry Francona took input from his players in writing a revamped lineup and sent his ace to the mound. Yet the Boston Red Sox lost yet again.

David Ortiz has another idea.

"What you got to do right now is laugh, just see if you can fool somebody," the big designated hitter said.

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Derek Jeter capped a six-run second inning with a three-run homer, rookie Jesus Montero had four RBI in finishing a triple shy of the cycle and the New York Yankees stunned the reeling Red Sox early in a 9-1 victory Saturday.

Boston dropped to 4-15 since holding a nine-game lead over the Rays in the AL wild-card race heading into play Sept. 4. Tampa Bay went into Saturday night's game at Toronto trailing by two games.

The Red Sox and Yankees play a day-night doubleheader Sunday before Boston travels to Baltimore for a season-ending three-game series. Francona is done with of all the talk of fixing the Red Sox.

"Now it's up to us to go win," he said. "We know what's in front of us, we just have to play better."

Freddy Garcia (12-8) pitched six innings of six-hit ball, making his case for the No. 3 spot in the Yankees' postseason rotation. Before a regular-season record crowd of 49,556 at the new Yankee Stadium, the AL East champions used their "A" lineup for the opener of a series pushed back by a rainout Friday. They quickly roughed up Jon Lester (15-9).

By the ninth, all the starting position players except Nick Swisher were out of the game.

Montero hit the fourth homer of his brief big league career, doubled in two runs in the third and had an RBI single in four at-bats. Russell Martin backed his declaration of dislike for the rival Red Sox with a two-run single.

Heading in, the numbers added up for Boston: 6-0 at Yankee Stadium this year and 11-4 against New York overall. Lester had beaten Garcia twice this season and had won each of his last four starts in the Bronx.

Francona sought input from his players and coaches after Friday's rainout and shook up his lineup, moving Carl Crawford to the second spot and dropping Adrian Gonzalez to fifth with Dustin Pedroia hitting third.

But it all unraveled in a span of six batters in the second.

"A disappointing game," Francona said. "We didn't finish a couple of plays, and they made us pay."

With runners on first and second, shortstop Marco Scutaro went deep into the hole to field Andruw Jones' grounder. He seemed to have a chance to get the lead runner at third base but stumbled slightly and had to throw across his body to second. His throw was late, leaving the bases loaded.

Montero then hit a sharp grounder out of Scutaro's reach for the first run. Martin followed with a sinking liner to left field that hit off the glove of a sliding Crawford for two more runs.

"I just tried to make a play at it. Didn't make it," Crawford said.

Jeter, whose batting average is up to .297 after a first-half slump, followed with a drive into the right-field seats to make it 6-0. Before the game, the Yankees captain carried the bat Roger Maris used to hit his 61st homer onto the field as part of 50th anniversary ceremony.

Lester gave up a two-out, two-run double to Montero in the third and was done, having given up eight runs. After Lester retired his first four batters, the Yankees were 8 for 12 against him.

The short outing -- 55 pitches 2 2/3 innings -- might make it easier for Francona to use Lester on short rest in Wednesday's regular-season finale.

Boston's starters fell to 3-10 with a 7.34 ERA in the last 19 games.

Garcia allowed 15 runs in his last three outings but kept Boston at bay with a mixture slow breaking pitches. On his final batter, Garcia fielded Scutaro's comebacker and nonchalantly pounded the ball in his glove before tossing to first.

"His stuff was really good today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He used all his pitches. That's what Freddy does. What he did today is what he's been doing most of the year for us."

Girardi wouldn't commit to giving Garcia a spot in a postseason rotation that will include CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

"He's definitely one of the guys that we're considering. Freddy is a guy who's been there and done all that," Girardi said. "So, as we move forward, well continue to look at all these things. But today, he pitched great."

Montero, the Yankees' top prospect, connected off Junichi Tazawa in the sixth for his fourth homer in 51 major-league at-bats. All his home runs have gone to the opposite field in right.

"I put really good swings on the ball today and made some runs," Montero said.

Notes

  • The game lasted two hours, 59 minutes -- speed baseball as far as these two teams go.
  • Yankees RHP Phil Hughes (back) threw 35-40 pitches in a bullpen session. He said he felt no pain and expects to pitch in Tampa Bay next week. He said he didn't object to pitching out of the bullpen in the postseason if that's what manager Joe Girardi decides. "Just being part of it is special," he said.
  • Francona said he's still unsure how Kevin Youkilis (sports hernia) can help the team. "He's will to try to do anything we ask him to do," Francona. The Red Sox are going to give it a couple more days to see how he feels.
  • Michael Jordan watched the game from a suite.
  • Boston's John Lackey and Tim Wakefield face A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova in the split-doubleheader Sunday.
 
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David Ortiz isn't happy after flying out in the sixth inning as the Red Sox fall at Yankee Stadium. (Getty Images)
David Ortiz isn't happy after flying out in the sixth inning as the Red Sox fall at Yankee Stadium. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

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

F. Garcia
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4020111 .320
Carl Crawford, LF4011004 .259
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4020001 .302
David Ortiz, DH4000005 .310
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010011 .340
    Lars Anderson, 1B0000000 .000
Mike Aviles, 3B4010021 .263
Marco Scutaro, SS4010002 .293
    Jose Iglesias, SS0000000 .333
Josh Reddick, RF2000001 .280
   a- Conor Jackson, PH-RF2110000 .246
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000012 .239
    Ryan Lavarnway, C1000010 .233
Totals3619116  
a-singled for Reddick in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (28, Valdes)
RBI - Carl Crawford (56)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (22)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (38, 2nd base off Garcia/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (L,15-9) 2.2888131 3.49
Scott Atchison 2.1000110 3.41
Junichi Tazawa 1.2111021 6.00
Trever Miller 0.1000010 3.80
Michael Bowden 1000010 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 55-32, Scott Atchison 26-15, Junichi Tazawa 24-14, Trever Miller 7-6, Michael Bowden 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 2-3, Scott Atchison 1-5, Michael Bowden 2-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 17, Scott Atchison 8, Junichi Tazawa 6, Trever Miller 1, Michael Bowden 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS4113010 .297
    Chris Dickerson, RF0000000 .302
Curtis Granderson, CF4000020 .268
    Brandon Laird, 3B0000000 .154
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000010 .244
    Greg Golson, LF0000000 .143
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000010 .277
    Austin Romine, C0000000 .182
Robinson Cano, 2B4110010 .305
    Ramiro Pena, 2B0000000 .118
Nick Swisher, RF-1B2210200 .263
Andruw Jones, LF3220001 .251
    Brett Gardner, LF-CF1000000 .261
Jesus Montero, DH4234010 .346
Russell Martin, C3112011 .237
    Eduardo Nunez, SS0000000 .266
Totals3399928  
Batting
2B - Jesus Montero (3, Lester)
HR - Derek Jeter (6, Lester), Jesus Montero (4, Tazawa)
RBI - Derek Jeter 3 (60), Jesus Montero 4 (12), Russell Martin 2 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Jesus Montero 2 (2)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
E - Alex Rodriguez (6, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (W,12-8) 6600130 3.62
Raul Valdes 0.2211000 3.12
Cory Wade0100000 1.98
Boone Logan 0.2000010 2.88
Luis Ayala 0.2000000 1.67
George Kontos 1000020 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 102-63, Raul Valdes 16-8, Cory Wade 5-3, Boone Logan 10-6, Luis Ayala 5-5, George Kontos 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 7-8, Boone Logan 1-0, Luis Ayala 1-1, George Kontos 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 25, Raul Valdes 4, Cory Wade 1, Boone Logan 2, Luis Ayala 2, George Kontos 3
Game Information
Attendance - 49556
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim McClelland