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Yankees Blast Beckett, Outlast Red Sox in Offensive Showdown

A-Rod and Granderson are congratulated in the seventh (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Yankees defeated the Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park by a score of 10-8. The Sox offense finally woke up after being stagnant on the road trip, only to be outmatched by the first place Yankees.

The first inning of the game certainly drew the attention of the crowd. Josh Beckett did not appear to be sharp in the early stages. Derek Jeter led off the game with a line drive single to center field. Curtis Granderson followed suit with a line drive single of his own to right field. Beckett then hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch to load the bases with no one out. The hot-hitting Robinson Cano batted next and worked a walk, scoring Jeter for the early 1-0 lead.

Mark Teixeira did some damage of his own as he roped a line drive to center scoring Granderson and Rodriguez to put the Yankees up 3-0. The first out was finally recorded when Nick Swisher hit a fly ball to right field, however Cano scored on the play giving the Yanks the 4-0 lead. Raul Ibanez then singled moving Teixeira to third base. Eric Chavez hit a sacrifice fly of his own, scoring Teixeira for the 5-0 first inning lead. Russell Martin grounded out to third to finally put an end to the tough first inning for Beckett.

The Red Sox, after struggling to find any offense on the road, did not wait long to respond. Daniel Nava led off with a double to left field, and moved to third on a wild pitch by Hiroki Kuroda. Ryan Kalish hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Nava and the first Red Sox run of the game. David Ortiz continued to swing a hot bat and singled on a line drive to left. Cody Ross hit a ground ball and reached on a throwing error by Eric Chavez, putting runners on first and second. Adrian Gonzalez then hit a double of his own off the Green Monster, scoring Ortiz, moving Ross to third, and making the score 5-2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia stepped into the box and continued to show off his power stroke as he blasted his 17th home run of the season over the right field wall, tying the score 5-5.

After a Jeter fly out, Granderson hit a triple to right-center field. Alex Rodriguez then grounded out to Mike Aviles, but Granderson was able to score in the backdoor making it 6-5 Yankees. That would be the last run Beckett allowed as he settled down. Beckett struck out Teixeira to end the second inning, and followed that by striking out the side in the top of the third. David Ortiz added another RBI to his total as he singled to left field in the bottom of the second, scoring Nava and tying the score 6-6.

Beckett faced some trouble in the top of the fifth inning as Teixeira and Rodriguez were on second and third with one out. Nick Swisher hit a hot shot, one hopper to second baseman Nick Punto, who was playing towards the back of the infield. Punto scooped the ball clean and fired home to throw out Rodriguez as he attempted to score. Ibanez then flew out to center field to allow Beckett to escape the jam.

Adrian Gonzalez led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to center, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Kuroda. Mauro Gomez, getting the start at third for the injured Will Middlebrooks, lined a single to left field scoring Gonzalez. For Gomez it was his first career RBI, and it gave the Sox the 7-6 lead.

After being kept quiet since the second inning, the Yankees’ offense woke up in the seventh. With Andrew Miller on the mound, Granderson drew a walk and Alex Rodriguez singled on a ground ball to Mike Aviles. After a Cano strikeout, Vincente Padilla relieved Miller. Mark Teixeira then bombed a triple into the triangle in center scoring Granderson and A-Rod, and giving the Yankees the 8-7 lead. With Teixeira on third base and two outs, Raul Ibanez lined a ball down the right field line, scoring Teixeira and putting the Yankees on top 9-7. The Yankees added one more run as Eric Chavez singled home Raul Ibanez.

The Red Sox refused to go quietly as Cody Ross led off the bottom of the seventh inning with his 13th home run over the Green Monster. The Red Sox threatened again with two on and two out in the eighth inning, however they were not able to capitalize.

Rafael Soriano came on in the bottom of the eighth. He got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out and then shut down the Sox in the bottom of the ninth to clinch Game 1 of the four-game weekend series.


About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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