The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 14-5 at Fenway Park on Thursday as CC Sabathia pitched six innings and allowed only two runs while striking out eight batters. He has dominated in his last two starts after struggling in his first three.
Sabathia won his third game of the season and was helped by only allowing three hits. He struck out his 1,031st batter in this game, which puts him in 10th place on the Yankees all-time list.
“The two-seamer was good, the changeup was good and I was just trying to put up zeros,” Sabathia said. “With guys swinging bats like that you just want to get in the dugout as soon as possible.”
The Yankees won two of the three games in this series and have now won five of their first seven against the Red Sox.
The Yankees scored runs in six different innings, had five players have two or more hits and were helped by five Red Sox errors. The Yankees were led by rookie Yangervis Solarte, who was 2-5 (to improve his average to .310), and drove in a career-high four runs.
This is what Derek Jeter had to say about Solarte: “He has played extremely well. He has a lot of confidence and he seems extremely comfortable.”
Felix Doubront did not have it for the Red Sox as he threw 73 pitches before being taken out of the game with two outs in the third.
In the first inning, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, Alfonso Soriano’s double to deep right center scored Carlos Beltran.
After a wild pitch that bounced before it got to catcher David Ross, Brian Roberts advanced to second and Brett Gardner to third with no outs in the second. Yangervis Solarte’s double that was hit just past Brock Holt at third drove in Roberts and Gardner. To make the score 4-0, Doubront’s second wild pitch of the inning sent Solarte home from third.
The three runs that the Yankees scored in the second were off of only two hits. Dustin Pedroia’s error at second trying to convert a double play allowed Roberts to get to first.
Mark Teixeira led off the third with his first homer of the season. His homer bounced back onto the field after just clearing the top of the Green Monster. Roberts’s single to center scored Gardner after he easily stole second and third.
For the third run of the third, and seventh of the game, speed helped manufacture a run again as Jacoby Ellsbury’s single scored Roberts after he stole second.
In the bottom of the fifth, Sabathia retired Boston in order. One of his two strikeouts in the inning was getting Mike Napoli to go down looking. Sabathia is figuring out how to pitch with decreased velocity.
In the eighth inning, the Yankees scored their final run off of another Boston mistake. This time, Edward Mujica’s wild pitch allowed Roberts to score his fourth run of the game.
In addition to Solarte, Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs against his former team, Jeter had two hits and two RBIs, Gardner had four runs scored and two steals and Roberts and four runs scored and a RBI.
After traveling back to New York, the Yankees, who are now 13-9 and in first in the AL East, will play the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. The Angels are 10-11.
Hiroki Kuroda, after allowing three runs in 5.2 innings in his last outing, will get the start for the Yankees. C.J. Wilson will pitch for the Angels.