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Fourplay: Red Sox’s Four Home Runs Crush Yanks


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The newest show on Broadway involves the big bats of the Boston Red Sox, as they clobbered four home runs in a 13-9 win over the hometown New York Yankees.

Taking the third of four straight games, Boston got out to an early 12-3 lead off two home runs from first baseman Mike Napoli, a three-run shot from Jonny Gomes in the third inning, and a solo-shot from rookie Xander Bogaerts in the the fifth inning.

Bogaerts first career home run at 20 years and 341 days made him the youngest player to homer for the Red Sox since Dwight Evans did so back in 1972 against the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader at 20 years and 322 days.

“Sometimes you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’ Because what we’re doing now is pretty crazy,” said Napoli.

The Red Sox struck first in the top of the second inning, going ahead 2-0 on a two-run shot by Napoli [HR #20] to left-field off Yankees’ starter David Huff who is currently replacing the home run prone Phil Hughes in the starting rotation.

“They capitalized on all my mistakes today. On my part, it was terrible,” said Huff [2-1], who recorded his first loss of the season.

Leading 2-1, Boston scored three more runs after a lead-off double by Bogaerts and a hit-by-pitch to Shane Victorino culminated into a three-run homer by Gomes to left-field off the first pitch from Huff, giving the Red Sox a 5-1 advantage.

“We’re doing it in bulk right now,” said Gomes on Boston’s offensive outburst this weekend at Yankee Stadium.

Ahead 5-2, Boston exploded for five more runs in the top of the fourth inning.

An RBI-double by catcher Ryan Lavarnway continued the scoring spree, as Wil Middlebrooks made his way home from second to make it 6-2 Boston. Rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a Bogaerts ground-out to make it 7-2 Boston, and was followed by a double-RBI into left-field by Victorino, giving the Red Sox an 8-2 lead.

Boston’s fourth inning fire power continued when Jim Miller made his Yankees’ debut, giving up two runs on an RBI-single by Gomes and a David Ortiz sacrifice-fly RBI for a 10-2 Red Sox cushion.

The Yankees, who trailed 12-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, rallied for four runs to cut the deficit to 12-7.

The Pinstripes scored three of those runs off Red Sox starter John Lackey [who picked up the win to improve his record to 9-12] on a Brett Gardner two RBI-double that made the score 12-5, and an RBI-single by Derek Jeter that made it 12-6, knocking out Lackey, who had thrown 105 pitches up to that point, out of the game.

Yankees’ third baseman Mark Reynolds, who replaced Jeter in the Yankees’ lineup, put the Yankees within three runs of Boston when his two-RBI double through the hole at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth inning made it 12-9 Boston.

The Yankees have now scored six runs in each of the last six games for the first time since the 2007 season.

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

The Pinstripes gave away a run in the top of the ninth to Napoli, who smacked his second homer of the game to left-field off reliever Brett Marshall for the final score of 13-9. For Napoli it was his 13th multi-home run game of his career, and his third of the season.

For the first time in franchise history, the Bombers have now lost three straight games when scoring seven or more runs.

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen right now,” Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi said.

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