McCann Can: Yankees’ Catcher Belts Two of Team’s Five Home Runs In Win Over Red Sox • Latino Sports

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McCann Can: Yankees’ Catcher Belts Two of Team’s Five Home Runs In Win Over Red Sox

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx – Questions about the New York Yankees pitching rotation were pushed aside for at least a day, as the Bronx Bomber’s offense pelted five home runs in a 7-4 win against the visiting Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

Boston starter John Lackey [2-1] continued his struggles at Yankee Stadium, allowing six earned runs off 10 hits [four of them for home runs] in five and two-third innings pitched for his first loss of the season.

The Pinstripes began the home run party early on in the bottom of the first inning, as designated hitter Carlos Beltran mashed his second homer of the season with two outs on an 0-2 pitch off Lackey and into the right-field bleachers for a 2-0 lead.

“I just left it over the plate. It wasn’t a very good pitch, up in the zone. One of those I’d like to have back, for sure,” Lackey said.

The Red Sox [5-7] came right back to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning when Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski turned on the first pitch he saw from Yankees’ starter Hiroki Kuroda for a two-run shot into right-field.

New York [6-6] scored four unanswered runs in the ensuing four innings for a 7-2 advantage.

Yankees’ catcher Brian McCann was the main catalyst of the offensive outburst, hitting his first home run of the game while leading off in the bottom of the fourth inning against Lackey for a 3-2 Pinstripes lead.

Alfonso Soriano, playing in right field-field for the first time in the regular season for his career followed McCann with a solo shot of his own for back-to-back jacks that put New York ahead 4-2.

“I’ve been seeing the ball pretty well to be hitting in the hundreds,” said McCann who entered the contest batting below .200 for the season, adding, “I was pleased about my at-bats today.”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, McCann came back for more against Lackey. After Beltran began the inning with a lead-off double into right-center field, McCann turned on a 2-1 pitch for his second dinger of the game, and his 10th career multi-home run game for a 6-2 Yankees lead.

“I was not really concerned about it. I know he’s going to hit,” said Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi on McCann’s low batting average coming into the game.

The two home runs were the first for McCann in 2014, while the five home runs hit by New York [Kelly Johnson added a solo shot in the eighth inning] almost matched the team total of seven home runs coming into the Saturday matinee.

Kuroda earned his second victory of the season, giving up four earned runs off six hits and three walks in six and one-third innings while striking out five batters. With the win, Kuroda is now 7-8 while pitching in a game after a Yankees loss with a 2.94 ERA in over 125 innings.

Yankees’ reliever Shawn Kelley picked up his second save of the season on two fly balls and one groundout to end the game.

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