The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox on Saturday evening. The final was 5-2 and the game took place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and was very good. The bullpen was good and Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez led the offense with three hits each.
Kuroda pitched seven innings giving up two runs and five hits. He walked one and struck out four and earned his ninth win of the season. David Robertson pitched an inning giving up a hit and Mariano Rivera saved his 31st game of the season. Rivera pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two.
Brett Gardner had three hits and an RBI, Robinson Cano had a hit and two RBI and Overbay had three hits and an RBI. Vernon Wells had a hit, Nunez had three hits and Luis Cruz had a hit and an RBI. Nunez and Overbay each hit two doubles and the Yankees were 4-14 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Nunez and Cruz each stole a base and Gardner was caught stealing. Cano committed an error and Wells had an outfield assist.
John Lackey pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up 10 hits and four runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven and took his seventh loss of the season. Joe Thornton pitched an inning giving up two hits, Pedro Beato pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up an unearned run and Drake Britton pitched a perfect inning.
Daniel Nava had a hit, David Ortiz had two hits and Mike Carp had three hits. Jonny Gomes had a hit and an RBI, Stephen Drew drew a walk and Carp hit a double. The Red Sox were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Pedroia committed an error
Gardner hit an RBI single in the fifth to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the seventh they extended their lead to 4-0. Cruz hit an RBI single; Cano hit an RBI single and Overbay an RBI single. It was 4-0 Yankees; the Red Sox scored two runs in the seventh inning to cut the lead in half. Gomes hit a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch scored the second run. The Yankees scored the final run of the game in the ninth on a Cano sacrifice fly.
The Yankees record improved to 52-45 and the Red Sox record fell to 59-40. The two teams have split the first two games of the series and the rubber game will be on Sunday night.