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Ryan Dempster Solid, but Red Sox Offense Sputters Against Yankees

Ryan Dempster (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Boston Red Sox entered Thursday night’s game with their first 2-0 start to the season since 1999, and the New York Yankees were on sweep-watch in the first series of the season. However, Andy Pettitte had other plans for the Red Sox batters.

Pettitte appeared to come out with some nerves to start and surrendered a couple singles in the top of the first inning, but was able to get out of it thanks to too much hustle from Shave Victorino. Victorino tried to score from second base on a wild pitch, but Francisco Cervelli was able to get back and tag him out at the plate.

Pettitte finished with eight solid innings, where he allowed eight hits, one walk and one earned run in the seventh on a RBI double to Jackie Bradley Jr. that scored Will Middlebrooks from first base to cut the lead to 3-1. Davis Ross then gave one a ride, but Brett Gardner hauled it in for the final out of the inning.

Ryan Dempster struggled after a solid first inning. He allowed two straight two-out hits to Eduardo Nunez and Lyle Overbay to give the Yankees the 2-0 lead. Gardner led off the third inning with a home run that just got out over the right field fence to make it 3-0.

Demspter finished with five innings pitched, three earned runs, five hits, four walks and eight strikeouts.

Clayton Mortensen came in after the Sox cut the lead to 3-1 and immediately served a pitch that Cervelli took over the left field wall to put the Yankees back up by three at 4-1.

The Red Sox had something going off the best closer in the game, Mariano Rivera, in the ninth. With runners on second and third and one out, Middlebrooks was up at the plate, but could only ground one over to first for the RBI groundout to make it 4-2. Bradley Jr. came up and struck out looking on three pitches to end the game.

The Red Sox showed some fight and Middlebrooks finally got a hit in 2013 and finished 2-for-4 with a run scored an a RBI.

The Red Sox (2-1) will now head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays (1-2) in a three-game set with Felix Doubront facing off against Josh Johnson in the first game on Friday night.

The Yankees (1-2) will take on the Detroit Tigers (1-2) at Comerica Park for a three-game set that starts Friday afternoon.

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