Curtis Granderson started the fourth inning with a walk, scoring on a double from Cano. Swisher worked a walk and Chavez knocked another single up the middle, bringing Cano home and giving the Bombers a 3-0 edge.
CC threw a lot of pitches, but managed to keep the Red Sox scoreless through the first three innings. Carl Crawford connected with a solo homer to right in the bottom of the fourth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Darnell McDonald hit back-to-back singles and Marco Scutaro doubled, plating Saltalamacchia. Sabathia came back and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning, but the Yankees’ lead was cut, as the score was 3-2.
Francisco Cervelli started the top of the fifth with a solo homer, giving the Yankees a little bit of breathing room. Lackey got him back in the top of the seventh, plunking him with a pitch to start the inning. Cervelli, understandably, did not take kindly to this and had some words for the Boston starter. Both teams came out of the dugouts and the third base umpire tossed Larry Rothschild. A passed ball gave Cervelli second base, and Brett Gardner followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Derek Jeter grounded into a double play, but allowed Cervelli to score ans the Yankees took a 5-2 lead into the late innings.
Boston rallied in the third, as David Ortiz walked with one out and was followed by a single from Jed Lowrie. Boone Logan replace Cory Wade and gave up a single to Carl Crawford to load the bases. He settled and struck out Saltalamacchia and McDonald to end the inning with the Yankee lead intact.
The Yankees had a chance to add some insurance in the eighth, as Cano and Swisher hit back-to-back singles with one out. Girardi then pulled Chavez for Eduardo Nunez, who popped out on the first pitch. Jorge Posada was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, but Cervelli grounded out to end the threat.
Mariano Rivera came out to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth. Ortiz led off with a double to right, but Rivera got Lowrie and Crawford out. In yet another strange moment of the game, Saltalamacchia was hit by pitch – that he swung at – but the umpire inexplicably awarded him first base (later on he explained that Saltalamacchia swung because he was hit by a pitch – that explanation may warrant its own discussion). Girardi stormed out of the dugout to explain the rules to the umpire, before being ejected from the game. When the game started again, Rivera calmly dealt with Josh Reddick to end the game with the Bombers winning 5-2.
Mark Teixeira/Jorge Posada: Teix went 0-4, striking out once and leaving two on base. Meanwhile, the Yankees DH went 0-3 while stranding five runners.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-3 with a run scored, two walks and two strikeouts. It seemed pretty clear that he was hit by a pitch in the first inning, but the umpire didn’t give him first.
Derek Jeter: The Captain went 0-5 with a runner left on base.
CC Sabathia: It was not a dominant CC-like start, but Sabathia did put his struggles against Boston behind him, as he picked up a win. He went only six innings nad gave up ten hits and two walks, but allowed just two runs as he rung up ten batters.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and a walk.
Nick Swisher: Continues to hit for the Bombers, going 3-3 with a walk.
Eric Chavez: Filling in for Alex Rodriguez, Chavy went 2-3 with two RBIs.
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The Yankees will have their work cut out for them on Wednesday, as Phil Hughes will try to redeem himself after an atrocious outing against the A’s last week. Hughes went just 2.2 innings and gave up six runs in a game the Yankees won 22-9. Hughes has been incredibly inconsistent since returning from the DL, he went 7.2 innings against Minnesota on August 19th and gave up just one run on two hits. Josh Beckett will toe the rubber for the Red Sox. Beckett is having a great 2011 season, going 11-5 with a 2.43 ERA. He held the Yankees to one run on six hits over six innings his last time throwing against the Bombers, picking up five Ks in the process. First pitch is at 7:10pm in Boston.