Big sixth inning leads Yankees past Red Sox
[picappgallerysingle id="8731630"]Yankees: 10, Red Sox: 4
WP: Hughes (4-0, 1.69)
LP: Beckett (1-1, 7.46)
A six-run sixth inning was all the Yankees needed to beat the rival Red Sox on Friday. The Yankees entered the inning with a 3-1 lead against Red Sox ace Josh Beckett. Thing quickly unraveled for Beckett and the Sox.
Alex Rodriguez started the inning with a double, then 2B Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch. Cano would leave the game with an injury, but it does not appear to be serious.
Nick Swisher struck out, and then Brett Gardner was intentionally walked to load the bases. Then, the Yankees began to cross the plate.
Fracisco Cervelli walked to score A-Rod, and then Randy Winn hit an rbi-single to left. A mound visit from Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell did no good. Beckett continued to struggle.
Beckett hit Derek Jeter to score another run, and then Marcus Thames and Mark Texieria each hit rbi-singles.
Alex Rodriguez hit a sac-fly in his second at bat of the inning, and that scored another run. The damage was done, as the Yankees led the Red Sox 9-1 by the time that inning game to an end.
Beckett gave up nine runs and nine hits in just 5 1/3 inning, before being yanked for Hidecki Okajima in the sixth inning.
Beckett’s era skyrocketed up to 7.46 in the loss, and he is now 1-1 on the season. Beckett struggled in his first outing against the Yankees, when he was lit up for five runs in 4 2/3 innings. He earned a no decision in that outing.
Meanwhile, Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes pitched another gem. Hughes pitched seven innings, and allowed just two run and seven hits, and struck out seven Red Sox batters. Hughes is quietly 4-0, and holds a 1.69 era.
The two AL East rivals square off again on Saturday, when CC Sabathia takes on Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox.