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Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis homer as BoSox take Yankees

May 13, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez AP

The Red Sox moved to 3-1 against the Yankees this year behind a strong effort from Clay Buchholz and homers from Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis in a 5-4 win.

Buchholz, who carried in a 6.25 ERA in six career starts against the Bombers and who took the loss in Boston’s lone defeat at Fenway Park in the rivals’ first series last month, allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out seven.  Russell Martin‘s homer in the fifth over the outstretched glove of a leaping Jacoby Ellsbury accounted for the only damage.

It was a 2-2 game after six when Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the surprising call to bring Bartolo Colon back out for the seventh.  Colon was effective, having allowed just four hits, but he had already matched his season-high 99 pitches.

As it turned out, he threw just four more.    Girardi let him give up a line-drive single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to start the frame and then pulled him in favor of Joba Chamberlain.  After a fielder’s choice exchanged Salty for Jacoby Ellsbury at first base, the Red Sox put on the hit and run and Dustin Pedroia singled past a covering Robinson Cano.  Gonzalez followed with a long sac fly to break the tie and then Youkilis homered to give Boston a 5-2 lead.

The Yankees came back against a wild Daniel Bard in the eighth, scoring one run on a wild pitch and putting the tying run on second with one out.  However, Nick Swisher struck out and Jorge Posada grounded out to end the threat.

In the ninth, singles from Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson against Jonathan Papelbon, with a defensive indifference thrown in, brought the Bombers to within one run before Mark Teixeira popped out to end it.

Girardi will take some fire in this one for leaving Colon in.  It always looks bad when a manager pulls his starter one batter into an inning.  The Yankees were on the opposite end of one of those Sunday, when the Rangers sent Dave Bush out for the fifth, watched Derek Jeter homer and then removed him.  If the pitcher is just one mistake away from exiting the game, why send him back out to make the mistake?

  1. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Good win for the sox , Adrian Gonzalez leading league in Ribbys , nice pop out by Tex at the end , game was a close one .

  2. proudlycanadian - May 14, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    It looks as if both Jeter and Posada should be playing for the Old Timers Team rather than the major league team.

    • pisano - May 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      I have to agree with you, I said all along that those two will hurt the Yankees, but I had no idea Posada would have declined so fast. They can probably take Jeter for the rest of this season, but this should be his last year. Posada should be out of the line up asap, I read where if things don’t come around for him that he’ll be gone by June first. We’ll see if that plays out, but if the Yankees think they’ll win that division with what they have now, they’re mistaken.

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