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The Yankees beat the Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night in Yankee Stadium. Aaron Cook who has been a bright spot in the Red Sox rotation, looked lost as the Yankees scored six earned runs against him in just four innings pitched.
It looked as if things were going to go the Sox way as Dustin Pedroia sent his eighth home run of the year into the left field stands in the top of the first inning. However, the Yankees did not wait long to answer back.
In the bottom of the first inning Curtis Granderson doubled to right field. Robinson Cano followed that with a single to right field, moving Granderson to third base. Mark Teixeira hit a ground ball to Pedroia who threw Cano out at second. Teixeira reached first safely and Granderson scored tying the game at 1-1. Raul Ibanez then sent a Cook sinker into the right field seats, giving the Yankees the early 3-1 lead.
The Red Sox showed a little fight early on as Carl Crawford broke his 0-18 slump with his first home run of the season in the top of the third, putting the Sox within a run.
However, the Yankees answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Derek Jeter singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a Granderson single. Teixeira then hit a sacrifice fly scoring Jeter and giving the Yankees the 4-2 lead.
The Red Sox added one more run in the top of the fourth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 20th home run of the season. Unfortunately for the Red Sox all their home runs were solo shots, as they never really sustained a rally in the game.
Russell Martin hit a two run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Yankees the 6-3 lead. Curtis Granderson put the finishing touches on in the bottom of the eighth inning when he hit a grand slam off of reliever Mark Melancon. The grand slam locked in the final score of 10-3.
This series is very much a make or break series for the Red Sox. If they lose another game or get swept it may make the decision, of whether to be buyers or sellers at the deadline, for them. The Sox need to win the next two games to even think about having a chance in the post season.