(Saturday, September 27)
Final Score: Boston 10, New York 4
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Daniel Nava collected three hits and drove in three runs as Boston routed New York, 10-4, in the middle test of a season- ending three-game set from Fenway Park.
Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and two RBI, while Rusney Castillo picked up three hits, drove in a run and scored once for the Red Sox. Garin Cecchini doubled twice, scored a run and drove in one for the hosts, who cruised to victory thanks to an eight-run second.
Backed by his prolific offense, Joe Kelly (4-2) allowed four runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings, but it was enough to snag the win.
Stephen Drew hit a two-run double, while Chris Young and Brendan Ryan added an RBI each for the Yankees. Derek Jeter finished with an infield single in two at-bats as the designated hitter in what could have been his final MLB appearance. He did not play in Friday’s opener and could sit out Sunday.
New York starter Masahiro Tanaka (13-5) was pulled in the second having surrendered seven hits and seven runs — five earned. Tanaka was making his second start since returning from a two-month layoff because of an elbow injury.
Already up 1-0, Boston broke open the game and chased Tanaka with a eight-run burst in its second turn at the plate.
Castillo walked and stole second before coming in two batters later on a Christian Vazquez two-out hit. Mookie Betts walked and Xander Bogaerts singled off the glove of Ryan at third base before Nava was credited with a base hit off the glove of first baseman Chase Headley. Two runs scored on Nava’s hit and Cespedes followed with another single that made it 5-0 and brought on Preston Claiborne.
Yanks center fielder Eury Perez then botched a drive from Craig, which brought in Nava and Cespedes, then Craig — who took second on the error — crossed home when Cecchini cracked a double to left. Castillo’s single then scored Cecchini for a 9-0 game, and though Bryce Brentz singled and Vazquez walked to load the bases, Betts grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the rally.
Bogaerts doubled to start the sixth and scored on a Nava hit for the hosts’ 10th run of the contest.
New York hit the scoreboard in the seventh, when Jose Pirela tripled with one down and scored on Ryan’s fly to left, then put three more on the board in the following frame.
Kelly was forced out with one away in the eighth after giving up an RBI single to Young that re-loaded the bases. Tommy Layne then surrendered a two-run, ground-rule double to Drew but Rubby De La Rosa retired the next two batters to keep it at 10-4.
De La Rosa then left a runner on second in the ninth, closing out the contest by fanning Headley.
Betts began the home first with a double, moved up on a one-out single from Nava and scored on a Cespedes base hit.
Cespedes reached the 100-RBI plateau for the first time in his career … Jeter’s single upped his franchise-record and career hit total to 3,464 … Young, Headley, Ichiro Suzuki and Francisco Cervelli each collected a pair of hits for the Yankees.
|Ichiro Suzuki RF||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Derek Jeter DH||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Francisco Cervelli PH-DH||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Brian McCann C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Austin Romine C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182|
|Chase Headley 1B||5||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.262|
|Chris Young LF||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Stephen Drew SS||3||0||1||2||1||0||0||1||1||.165|
|Jose Pirela 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||1||.300|
|Brendan Ryan 3B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Eury Perez CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|Mookie Betts 2B||4||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Xander Bogaerts SS||5||2||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.240|
|Daniel Nava RF||4||1||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Yoenis Cespedes DH||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Carlos Rivero PH-DH||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.571|
|Allen Craig 1B||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.122|
|Garin Cecchini 3B||4||1||2||1||2||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Rusney Castillo CF||3||1||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Bryce Brentz LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.364|
|Christian Vazquez C||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||2||.240|
E_C.Headley, E.Perez 2. LOB_NY Yankees 9, Boston 7. 2B_C.Headley, C.Young, S.Drew, M.Betts, X.Bogaerts, C.Rivero, G.Cecchini 2. 3B_J.Pirela. SF_B.Ryan. SB_R.Castillo (3). GIDP_F.Cervelli, Y.Cespedes. DP_NY Yankees 3 (S.Drew and J.Pirela), (S.Drew and C.Headley), (J.Pirela, B.Ryan, A.Romine, B.Ryan and C.Headley); Boston 1 (G.Cecchini, M.Betts and A.Craig).
|Masahiro Tanaka (L 13-5)||1.2||7||7||5||2||2||0||50-25||2.77|
|Joe Kelly (W 4-2)||7.1||9||4||4||2||3||0||97-65||4.11|
|Rubby De La Rosa||1.2||2||0||0||0||4||0||23-18||4.43|
T.Layne pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
HBP_by B.Mitchell (D.Nava).
Umpires_Home,Vic Carapazza; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Angel Hernandez; Third, Paul Nauert.