Series: Game 3 of 4

Boston leads 3-0 (as of 9/7)

Game 1: Thursday, September 5
in 10
NY Yankees8
Game 2: Friday, September 6
NY Yankees8
Game 3: Saturday, September 7
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Game 4: Sunday, September 8
NY Yankees4

Red Sox 13

(87-57, 40-32 away)

Yankees 9

(75-67, 43-31 home)

    Coverage:  FOX

    1:05 PM ET, September 7, 2013

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    BOS 023520001 13 14 0
    NYY 011104020 9 12 0

    W: J. Lackey (9-12)

    L: D. Huff (2-1)

    Mike Napoli's 2 HRs help Red Sox bash Yankees again

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- With each swing, Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox are suddenly turning every game into slow-pitch softball.

    Napoli hit two home runs, Jonny Gomes and prized rookie Xander Bogaerts also connected, and the Red Sox kept up their dizzying scoring spree at Yankee Stadium by bashing New York 13-9 Saturday for a fifth straight win.

    "Sometimes you're like, 'What's going on?' Because what we're doing now is pretty crazy," Napoli said.

    The AL East leaders became the first visiting team in more than a century to score at least nine runs on three straight days against the Yankees. In fact, the last time it happened, they weren't called the Yankees -- Boston did it in 1912 to the Highlanders at Hilltop Park.

    Add in a 20-4 pasting of Detroit on Wednesday, and the highest-scoring team in the majors has amassed this four-game total: 54 runs, 17 homers and 64 hits.

    "We're doing it in bulk right now," Gomes said.

    Down 12-3, the Yankees rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and chased John Lackey (9-12). Mark Reynolds added a two-run double in the eighth off Red Sox reliever Drake Britton that made it 12-9.

    "Considering the number of runs scored by both teams, no lead seems to feel safe," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

    David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia each contributed to Boston's five doubles. By the end of the fourth inning, it was 10-2 and every Red Sox batter had gotten a hit. They had all scored, too, except for Pedroia.

    Each line drive that echoed around the ballpark was met by noticeable groans from New York fans. A couple of "Let's go, Red Sox!" chants broke out among the many Boston fans.

    Even Boston's loud outs hurt. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki slammed into the padded wall catching a drive by Ortiz and stayed down for a moment.

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was pulled for a pinch-runner after an RBI single in the sixth and went to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan on his left ankle. The team said the preliminary results were negative.

    Jeter has missed most of the season while recovering from a broken left ankle in the playoffs last year. The 39-year-old team captain is hitting .190 in 17 games for the wild-card contenders.

    "I'm not sure what's going to happen right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

    Fresh off routing the Tigers, the Red Sox arrived in the Bronx and beat the Yankees 9-8 in 10 innings Thursday and rallied for a 12-8 win Friday.

    A day after launching a grand slam, Napoli hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo drive in the ninth. Gomes added a three-run shot.

    Bogaerts doubled early, then hit a two-run shot in the fifth for his first major league homer. In the bottom half, the 20-year-old shortstop charged in for a nifty barehanded pickup to throw out Robinson Cano.

    Bogaerts' homer sailed over the Boston bullpen into the left-center field bleachers. He didn't get to watch it, though, because he felt a cramp in his leg as he connected.

    "I knew I hit it good," he said.

    The Yankees scored at least six runs for the sixth game in a row. That wasn't enough for David Huff (2-1), tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

    Huff made his first start of the season, moving from the bullpen to the rotation in place of ineffective Phil Hughes.

    "They capitalized on all my mistakes today. On my part, it was terrible," Huff said.

    Boston improved to 10-5 against New York this year and won all three series at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox won minus center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. His injured right foot was put in a protective boot, and there is no timetable for his return to the lineup.

    Game notes

    Even with 54 runs, the Red Sox didn't come close to their record for a four-game span. Boston scored 65 in four straight in June 1950, STATS said. ... Napoli had his 13th career multihomer game. ... Boston LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 3.88) starts Sunday afternoon vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99). ... Farrell said RHP Clay Buchholz was traveling to New York to rejoin the team. The Red Sox hope Buchholz, on the 60-day DL with a neck strain, can start Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. ... Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez got a day off for rest. ... Gomes had an adventure in LF. He struggled as Brett Gardner's two-run double flew over his head in the sixth, made a tumbling, awkward catch on Lyle Overbay's fly to the warning track and fought the sun for another grab.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumYankee Stadium, New York, NY
    Attendance49,046 (99.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:32
    Weather76 degrees, sunny
    Wind7 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West

    Research Notes

    * By Wins Above Replacement, Ellsbury is going to be very tough to replace. He ranked as a top-3 player for Boston this year and top-10 in the American League. No player in MLB has been more valuable on the basepaths this season.
    The Red Sox are the first VISITING team to score at least 9 runs in 3 straight games, all within the same series, against the Yankees since the Red Sox in 1912 (4 games). The only other visiting team to do it since the team moved to New York (in 1903) was the Cleveland Naps in 1911.
    From Elias: The Red Sox have scored 54 runs in their last 4 games combined. That's the most runs scored in a 4-game span by the Red Sox since they scored 64 from June 7-10, 1950.
    From Elias: Red Sox are the 2nd visiting team to score at least 12 runs in consecutive games (within the same series) vs the Yankees since the team moved to New York in 1903. The other was the 1907 Washington Senators.
    Jacoby Ellsbury has been successful on league-leading 52 of 56 stolen base attempts this season. If he keeps up the pace, he will finish with the highest single-season stolen base percentage among American League players with at least 50 stolen base attempts.
    The Red Sox have scored 9+ runs in 3 straight games vs the Yankees for just the 3rd time in franchise history. It is the 1st time the Red Sox have accomplished that feat since June 17-19, 1977 (confirmed by Elias Sports Bureau).
    From Elias: Yankees are the 1st team in American League history to lose 3 straight games, each of them at home, and scoring at least 8 runs in each game. The only other team to do this was the Rockies in 1999.
    According to Elias, this is the first Red Sox-Yankees series ever in which both teams scored at least eight runs in each of three consecutive games.

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