New York at Boston

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Boston (72-52)0001002003103

A-Rod takes lumps, but Yankees capture blowout win

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BOSTON -- Andy Pettitte changed his ways.

Alfonso Soriano just keeps going.

The Yankees outfielder had three hits and drove in four more runs -- giving him 18 RBI in his last four games -- and Pettitte avoided his recent first-inning troubles to lead New York to a 10-3 victory over the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Soriano, who was traded to New York from the Chicago Cubs last month, was 3 for 4 with a hit-by-pitch and a three-run homer in the third that made it 6-0.

"Here we go again," Soriano said as he approached reporters after the game. "I think the motivation (is) going back to the Yankees, trying to help the team win."

The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games and sent the Red Sox to their third consecutive loss. With Tampa Bay's victory over Toronto, Boston's lead in the division was trimmed to one game; the Yankees are 7 games back in the division and 5 back in the AL wild-card race.

"You're looking at a powerful right-handed hitter in the middle of the lineup who caught fire since he came over," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's had an enormous (impact) on their offense."

Alex Rodriguez had a pair of singles while getting booed loudly in his first appearance in Boston since he was suspended 211 games in baseball's latest steroid scandal. Rodriguez, who is allowed to play pending his appeal, was also mocked by fans with chants of "You do steroids" and signs that said, "A-Roid" and "AFraud."

"That reaction was pretty close to usual," he said. "We're in playoff baseball. Every game means the world to us. We're trying to stay very focused in here."

Pettitte (8-9) had allowed a run in the first inning in a franchise-record eight consecutive starts. But this time he retired the first eight Red Sox batters before Will Middlebrooks singled in the third. In all, Pettitte allowed three runs -- none earned -- on six hits and a walk, striking out five in 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time in six starts.

"It was one of those nights were I felt like everything was working," Pettitte said. "It was a big win for us. We've got to win this series. We've got to win a lot of series."

Mark Reynolds, who was released by the Cleveland Indians last week, hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the second to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. He is the 14th player in franchise history to homer in his first Yankees at-bat.

Felix Doubront (8-6) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two walks, striking out four in four innings. It was the first time in 17 starts that he allowed more than three earned runs and just the second time all season.

"Two swings cost us five runs," said Farrell, whose team also committed three errors for the second time in three games. "This wasn't one of our more sharp efforts."

The Red Sox trailed 7-1 when they finally got to Pettitte in the seventh.

Dustin Pedroia reached and went to second on an error, then scored when David Ortiz line a ball off the left field Wall. But Soriano threw Ortiz out trying to stretch it into a double. One out later, Stephen Drew doubled and Mike Napoli walked and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in a run to make it 7-3.

Pinch-hitter Mike Carp tried to take first base, claiming he was hit in the foot by a pitch in the dirt, but was called back by home plate umpire Bill Welke. Carp was called out on strikes two pitches later and he slammed his helmet to the ground and was quickly ejected.

Boston also threatened in the eighth, getting runners on first and second with one out. But Ortiz lined it to Rodriguez, who was shifted into the shortstop's position, and he threw to second to double off Shane Victorino.

Ichiro Suzuki had one hit, a run-scoring Baltimore chop in the three-run ninth, giving him 3,995 combined in the major leagues and Japan.

Notes

Yankees SS Derek Jeter (strained right calf) shifted his rehab program to the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., where he took 34 swings over five rounds of batting practice. He also fielded 43 grounders and made throws to first base. ... Robinson Cano singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The attendance of 38,143 was a season-high at Fenway Park. ... The Red Sox committed three errors -- Pedroia, Drew and pitcher Rubby De La Rosa -- and the Yankees had two, both by shortstop Eduardo Nunez.

 
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Alfonso Soriano drives in four runs, including this RBI single in the first inning of the Yankees' 10-3 win in Boston. (USATSI)
Alfonso Soriano drives in four runs, including this RBI single in the first inning of the Yankees' 10-3 win in Boston. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Cleveland

M. Reynolds
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF6120022 .272
Eduardo Nunez, SS4220002 .239
Robinson Cano, 2B4111111 .300
Alfonso Soriano, LF4234011 .265
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4120103 .300
Vernon Wells, DH2100112 .243
   a-Curtis Granderson, PH-DH1000112 .282
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5111014 .274
Mark Reynolds, 1B5123012 .218
Chris Stewart, C5021000 .228
Totals4010151048  
a-walked for V. Wells in the 7th
Batting
3B - Eduardo Nunez (3, Doubront)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (25, Doubront), Mark Reynolds (16, Doubront)
SH - Eduardo Nunez (3)
RBI - Robinson Cano (76), Alfonso Soriano 4 (77), Ichiro Suzuki (28), Mark Reynolds 3 (51), Chris Stewart (19)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (33), Ichiro Suzuki (10), Mark Reynolds (19), Chris Stewart (8)
SB - Brett Gardner (21, 3rd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia), Alfonso Soriano (12, 3rd base off Britton/Saltalamacchia), Alex Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off Britton/Saltalamacchia)
PK - Alfonso Soriano (2, Morales)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Rodriguez-Nunez
E - Eduardo Nunez 2 (10, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Pettitte (W,8-9) 6.2630150 4.39
Shawn Kelley (H,6) 0.1000010 3.45
David Robertson 1200000 1.78
Joba Chamberlain 0.2200100 4.83
David Huff 0.1000000 12.46
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 97-65, Shawn Kelley 6-3, David Robertson 13-10, Joba Chamberlain 26-17, David Huff 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 9-5, David Robertson 1-1, David Huff 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 26, Shawn Kelley 1, David Robertson 4, Joba Chamberlain 5, David Huff 1
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5010014 .295
Shane Victorino, RF4000001 .277
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4220010 .295
David Ortiz, DH4011013 .323
Jonny Gomes, LF4011000 .238
Stephen Drew, SS4120010 .251
Mike Napoli, 1B3010100 .246
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4011012 .267
Will Middlebrooks, 3B2010000 .211
   a-Mike Carp, PH1000012 .307
Totals35310326  
a-struck out for Middlebrooks in the 7th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (19, Pettitte), Mike Napoli (30, Chamberlain)
RBI - David Ortiz (76), Jonny Gomes (34), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (45)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (14), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (17)
PK - Jonny Gomes (2, Pettitte)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Middlebrooks-Pedroia, Middlebrooks-Pedroia-Pedroia-Napoli
E - Rubby De La Rosa (1, Throwing), Stephen Drew (5, Misplayed grounder), Dustin Pedroia (4, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Doubront (L,8-6) 4876242 3.95
Rubby De La Rosa 2.1200110 3.86
Franklin Morales 1.2000100 6.43
Drake Britton 1533030 3.86
WP - Felix Doubront (7)
HBP - Soriano (by Rubby De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 76-51, Rubby De La Rosa 39-21, Franklin Morales 22-13, Drake Britton 36-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 5-3, Rubby De La Rosa 1-4, Franklin Morales 2-3
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 22, Rubby De La Rosa 10, Franklin Morales 6, Drake Britton 8
Game Information
Attendance - 38143
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth