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The Red Sox continued to their winning ways against the Yankees and took game two of this four-game weekend series in the Bronx, winning 6-4. Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis provided the offense today with a home run and a strange triple. Josh Beckett also pitched a decent game for his eighth win of the season.
In the third inning Youkilis hit a two-run triple that was nearly out of the park, but Johnny Damon robbed the 1st baseman of it with what looked like a spectacular catch. However, Damon missed the ball after it appeared to be caught and the ball sat on the wall for a second before falling down behind Damon. Mike Lowell drove in four more runs to finished the Red Sox scoring for the day. Lowell had an RBI (49) in the third and then hit a three run home run in the fifth. The home run was his 13th of the year and gave him 53 RBIs on the season.
Josh Beckett pitched a decent game after a shaky first inning where he gave up three of the Yankees’ runs. Beckett pitched 6.0 innings with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. Beckett earned his eighth win of the season and is now 8-5 with a 3.70 ERA. Hideki Okajima and Manny Delcarmen continued to struggle in relief once again for the Red Sox. Okajima could not get out the seventh inning after loading the bases with 2 walks and a hit. Manny Delcarmen came in and got Alex Rodriguez out to end the inning, but due to a hour rain delay Delcarmen had trouble in the eighth inning as well.
In the ninth with two outs Jonathan Papelbon got Derek Jeter to hit a fly ball to center, which looked like a catch by Coco Crisp, but umpire Wally Bell said that Crisp trapped the ball in his glove after the ball hit the ground. It resulted in the Yankees getting their fourth run of the day, even after all the replays made it seem like it was a clean catch. Papelbon got Bobby Abreau to fly out to deep center to end the game and earn his 25th save of the season.