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The Yankees out-homered the Red Sox Sunday night in an 8-4 loss, bumping Boston down to 7.5 games behind the first-place Yanks.
In a pitching match-up between CC Sabathia and Josh Beckett, Beckett was just unable to match Sabathia’s strong outing. Beckett gave up a career-high five home runs, including one by Derek Jeter on the first pitch of the game.
The Red Sox could not catch up to the Yankees offensively, despite scoring four runs and capitalizing on the errors made by Robinson Cano. Sabathia held the Sox to eight hits and had eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
There just wasn’t anyone who stood out.
Beckett needed to be dazzling in order to help the Sox win the game, and giving up a career-high five home runs was not the way to do it, even though he pitched eight innings. He seemed to settle down later in the game but by then it was just too late.
“It was a pretty good butt whipping, to sum it up. Butt whipping for me.”
– Josh Beckett on his pitching performance
W: C. C. Sabathia (15-7)
L: Josh Beckett (14-5)