Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Yankees won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 22
NY Yankees9Final
Game 2: Wednesday, April 23
NY Yankees1Final
Game 3: Thursday, April 24
NY Yankees14Final

Yankees 14

(13-9, 7-6 away)

Red Sox 5

(10-13, 5-8 home)

    Coverage:  NESN

    7:10 PM ET, April 24, 2014

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: C. Sabathia (3-2)

    L: F. Doubront (1-3)

    Yankees bounce back to batter Red Sox in messy game

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- CC Sabathia provided a lift for the New York Yankees' depleted rotation.

    First, Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Then, Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for using pine tar.

    After those developments were announced Thursday, Sabathia went out and threw six solid innings in his second straight strong start, and New York beat the sloppy Boston Red Sox 14-5.

    "He's taken the mindset since spring training he needs to be the ace of this staff," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. "He gave us a great outing."

    He had plenty of help from both teams.

    Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs, and Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season. Boston's contributions included five errors, 12 walks -- five by knuckleball-throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth -- three wild pitches and a passed ball. The Red Sox also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning.

    "The sooner we move past this one the better," Boston manager John Farrell said.

    Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night in which Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.

    "It felt good to get a win. I just wanted to have a good outing," Sabathia said. "I know our bullpen has been taxed."

    After allowing at least four runs in each of his first three starts, he rebounded with a one-run, seven-inning performance at Tampa Bay a week before facing Boston.

    "CC can be a guy to get on some rolls," New York manager Joe Girardi said.

    The costliest stretch for the Red Sox was the first three innings, in which they fell behind 7-0. They made four errors, allowed three stolen bases, and had a wild pitch and passed ball.

    "Every team goes through slumps hitting, goes through slumps defensively," Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "It's part of the game. We're definitely going to get better. That's not the kind of team that we are."

    Felix Doubront (1-3) retired the first two batters of the game before Carlos Beltran reached on an error by Bogaerts and scored on a double by Alfonso Soriano.

    The Yankees added three runs in the second. Brett Gardner led off with a walk before second baseman Dustin Pedroia dropped third baseman Brock Holt's throw for an error, allowing Brian Roberts to reach first. Solarte then doubled in two runs, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

    Teixeira started the three-run third with his homer before Gardner reached on Doubront's error. Gardner stole second and third, and scored on Roberts' single. Roberts stole second, then made it 7-0 when Ellsbury's single drove him in. Ellsbury took second on center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s error but was stranded.

    Boston cut the lead to 7-2 in the third on a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz and an RBI double by Jonny Gomes.

    New York added five runs in the seventh when all nine batters against Craig Breslow reached base, including Beltran on a forceout at second. Solarte and Derek Jeter had two-run singles, and Ellsbury doubled in a run.

    Boston cut the lead to 12-5 in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on a double by Bogaerts, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball by McCann.

    Carp made his major league pitching debut in the ninth and allowed one run on five walks.

    "It was definitely a cool experience," he said, "unfortunately, a bad situation to come into."

    Game notes

    After the game, Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday. ... Boston RF Shane Victorino made his 2014 debut after being activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with a hamstring injury and the flu. ... Sabathia passed Al Downing for 10th place in New York's all-time strikeout list with 1,031. ... The last time Boston made five errors was April 28, 2001, against the Kansas City Royals. ... Meghan Duggan, the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team that won the silver medal this year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Jake Peavy (0-0) pitches for the Red Sox on Friday night when they open a three-game series in Toronto. Mark Buehrle (4-0) pitches for the Blue Jays. The Yankees return home for a three-game series against the Angels with Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) pitching against C.J. Wilson (2-2). ... Boston's Ortiz set a major league record with his 1,644th game as a designated hitter. He broke the mark held by Harold Baines.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumFenway Park, Boston, MA
    Attendance37,356 (100.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:51
    Weather59 degrees, clear
    Wind22 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Gerry Davis

    Research Notes

    This is just the 2nd time in the last 35 years the Red Sox have had at least 4 errors vs the Yankees at Fenway Park. They also did it July 24, 2004.
    This is the first time the Red Sox have had 5 errors in a game vs the Yankees since September 8, 1978 (7 errors). It is the Red Sox most errors in any game since April 28, 2001 vs Royals (5 errors).
    Felix Doubront is the 2nd Red Sox left-hander to allow at least 7 runs in fewer than 3 innings against the Yankees in the Divisional Era (since 1969). The other was Jon Lester in 2011.
    From Elias: The Yankees 7-8-9 batters scored 10 runs combined vs Red Sox. This is the first time in franchise history the Yankees had their bottom three batters in the lineup (7-8-9) score at least 10 runs combined in a game. The last MLB team to do that was the Rangers on August 22, 2007 in a 30-3 win over the Orioles.
    From Elias: Brett Gardner is the 2nd Yankee ever to score at least 4 runs with 0 hits in a game. The other was Bert Daniels in 1913 vs Tigers.
    CC Sabathia's 6th strikeout of the game to end the 5th inning was his 1,029th as a Yankee, passing Al Downing (1,028) for 10th place on the Yankees all-time list.

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