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Gardner, Drew help Yankees beat Red Sox 8-7

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
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BOSTON (AP) Brett Gardner has never considered himself a home run hitter. If he can save himself a few sprints on the basepaths, that's enough for him.

Gardner had three hits Sunday night, including a tiebreaking drive in the sixth for his 15th homer, sending the New York Yankees to an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The speedy left fielder has five homers in six games; he had eight all of last year, his previous career high.

''That's not my game,'' said Gardner, who has more triples (39) than home runs (38) for his career. ''It's nice not having to run, beat out an infield hit or a hustle double or triple for a change.''

Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew had a pair of hits and drove in four runs in his third game with the Yankees since he was sent there at the trading deadline. Esmil Rogers (1-0), who was also picked up last week in a trade, earned the victory in his Yankees debut by throwing three hitless innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.

''Two guys we just brought in a few days ago,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''That's what we need: contributions from everyone.''

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

Craig Breslow (2-3) came in to relieve Clay Buchholz to start the sixth inning and gave up Gardner's leadoff homer before retiring the next three batters.

Yankees starter David Phelps lasted just two innings, allowing five runs and six hits with two walks. He departed with right elbow inflammation and will be evaluated later this week in New York.

Boston starter Clay Buchholz allowed seven runs in five innings. He is the only starter remaining from the opening-day rotation after the defending World Champions traded Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront to start retooling for the 2015 season.

''It's been a frustrating year for everyone in here,'' Buchholz said. ''We don't want to go out there and wear a Red Sox uniform and perform the way I am. I need to pick it up during the season.''

Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz homered for Boston. Pedroia lined a 3-2 pitch just foul with two out in the bottom of the ninth one pitch before grounding out to shortstop to end the game.

The Red Sox led 3-0 after one inning, 5-3 after two and 7-4 after four. But the Yankees tied it in the fifth on Chase Headley's RBI double and Drew's two-run single.

''We tried to get Clay through that fifth inning, and unfortunately it doesn't happen,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''The walks, once again. The walks have been a part in the runs we've allowed, and that was the case again tonight.''

THE TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Newly acquired first baseman Allen Craig missed his second straight game with foot soreness. Farrell says he hopes to have Craig in the lineup when the Red Sox are in St. Louis to face his former team this week. Outfielder Shane Victorino flew to Los Angeles on Sunday to see an orthopedic surgeon about his back.

Yankees: Right-hander Michael Pineda, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury, will make a rehab start on Friday. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow ligament) will see doctors as scheduled on Monday, three weeks after he received an injection as an alternative to surgery.

ON DECK

Red Sox: The Red Sox have their second off day in less than a week before a rematch with World Series opponent St. Louis. Rubby De La Rosa (3-4) will face Lance Lynn (11-8) in the opener.

Yankees: New York returns home for a four-game series against the Tigers. Brandon McCarthy (3-0) will face Detroit's Max Scherzer (13-3) in the opener.

NEW RECORD

When Rogers appeared in relief in the fifth inning, he became the 29th pitcher used by the Yankees this season - a franchise record.

ATOP THE MONSTER

ESPN set up its broadcast crew in the Monster Seats above Fenway Park's left-field wall.

 
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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, LF4133100.284.363.467
Derek Jeter, SS5010005.277.329.335
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5000011.272.338.398
Mark Teixeira, 1B4100100.233.336.455
Carlos Beltran, DH4220010.250.304.449
Brian McCann, C2210200.239.295.375
Chase Headley, 3B4111024.235.301.361
Stephen Drew, 2B4124000.183.266.338
Martin Prado, RF3000122.268.316.365
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF0000000.271.322.318
David Phelps, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chase Whitley, P0000000.200.200.200
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals35810856    
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (16, Buchholz), Carlos Beltran (19, Buchholz), Brian McCann (13, Buchholz), Chase Headley (15, Buchholz), Stephen Drew (8, Buchholz)
HR - Brett Gardner (15, Breslow)
RBI - Brett Gardner 3 (50), Chase Headley (37), Stephen Drew 4 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (14), Chase Headley (18), Stephen Drew 2 (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Headley-Drew-Teixeira, Headley-Drew-Teixeira-Headley-Teixeira
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps 2655201 4.24
Chase Whitley 2222121 5.06
Esmil Rogers (W,1-0) 3000130 6.08
Dellin Betances (H,17) 1000020 1.49
David Robertson (S,29) 1000100 2.74
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 53-31, Chase Whitley 52-34, Esmil Rogers 44-28, Dellin Betances 11-8, David Robertson 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 3-2, Chase Whitley 2-2, Esmil Rogers 2-4, Dellin Betances 1-0, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - David Phelps 13, Chase Whitley 9, Esmil Rogers 10, Dellin Betances 3, David Robertson 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, 3B5210002.303.352.425
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5322002.281.344.381
David Ortiz, DH2113100.252.344.504
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3100111.254.302.458
Mike Napoli, 1B4010010.269.385.446
Daniel Nava, RF3012100.252.336.319
Xander Bogaerts, SS4000032.239.306.360
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4000021.218.290.299
Christian Vazquez, C2020200.283.346.370
   Mookie Betts, PR0000000.243.282.378
Clay Buchholz, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000.000.000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000.000.000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000.000.000.000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3278757    
Batting
HR - Dustin Pedroia (5, Phelps), David Ortiz (26, Whitley)
SF - David Ortiz (5)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (42), David Ortiz 3 (82), Daniel Nava 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (13), David Ortiz 2 (35)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Bogaerts-Napoli, Pedroia-Bogaerts-Napoli-Pedroia-Bogaerts-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz 5877550 6.20
Craig Breslow (L,2-3) 1111001 4.95
Junichi Tazawa 1000010 3.27
Edward Mujica 1000000 4.87
Koji Uehara 1100000 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 114-61, Craig Breslow 11-6, Junichi Tazawa 13-7, Edward Mujica 11-9, Koji Uehara 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 5-4, Craig Breslow 2-1, Junichi Tazawa 1-1, Edward Mujica 2-1, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 27, Craig Breslow 4, Junichi Tazawa 3, Edward Mujica 3, Koji Uehara 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38035
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Adam Hamari, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ted Barrett