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Phil Hughes pitches Yankees past Red Sox

Sep 13, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

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The Yankees held serve with the Orioles by beating the Red Sox 2-0 in a breezy 3 hours, 11 minutes on Thursday night.

The win kept the Yankees in a tie for first place in the AL East.

It was the lowest scoring game between the two teams in 59 games dating back to Aug. 7, 2009. That contest was scoreless until the bottom of the 15th, when Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to end it.

Phil Hughes was the person most responsible for making this a (relatively) quick affair. He pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, walking just one batter in a 95-pitch effort. The Red Sox walked seven, in comparison. Five of those came from starter Felix Doubront, but the lefty turned in a solid outing anyway, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. It was his fourth quality start against the Yankees this year.

Andruw Jones and Derek Jeter knocked in the runs for the Yankees. Jeter was used as a DH tonight after leaving Wednesday’s game with a bone bruise in his left ankle.

The Red Sox were missing their best healthy hitter. Dustin Pedroia left the team last night to be wife his wife when she gave birth today.

  1. thatyankeedude - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Wow are we on a roll! 2 in a row! Holy crap I never thought I’d see the day the Yankees actually would win 2 in a row again it’s a fricken miracle! I’m going to bed one happy camper tonight.

  2. pisano - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Hughes was really on tonight, this guy has always been capable of games like this, but for some reason he’s been erratic. The game should have been much more lopsided, but as usual the Yankees leave a lot of runners on base, but a win is a win.

  3. bozosforall - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Nice game by Hughes. With both Nova and Pettitte back in the rotation, the pitching staff should be much improved. Now the bats need to come alive on a nightly basis.

  4. bengalwaco - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    Really nice outing by Hughes. Need consistency now from all pitchers.

  5. uyf1950 - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Out of Hughes 19 last starts dating back to June 3rd 14 of them have been quality starts. With the exception of a few games he’s pitched very well during that time and boy do the Yankees need it. His line in this games: 7 1/3 innings, 7 K’s, 1 Walk, 0 Runs and NO HR’s not bad at all even if it was against the Red Sox.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Since his terrible April, Hughes has thrown:

      151.2 IP with a 3.74 ERA, 124K/33BB (3.75:1) ratio. Still gives us too many HR, but I’ll take this going forward.

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