Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning last night to score Carl Crawford for a 1-0 lead, followed by his home run in the fourth that put the Red Sox ahead 7-2. The centerfielder hit a two-run single in the eighth as Boston snapped New York’s eight-game winning streak.
“To get wins against guys like that, you try not to think about it too much,” said Crawford, who had four hits. “You try to just take it.”
John Lackey (10-8) gave up six hits and three runs in six innings while striking out five for Boston (69-43).
CC Sabathia (16-6) surrendered nine hits and seven runs in six innings. He struck out six for the Yankees, who have split the first two games of the three-game series with the Red Sox.
“It’s a good ballclub. They have a good lineup,” Sabathia told reporters. “Like today, they wear on you.”
In other American League games, it was Baltimore 6, Toronto 2; Cleveland 7, Texas 5; Seattle 5, the Los Angeles Angels 1; Detroit 4, Kansas City 3; the Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota 1; and Oakland 8, Tampa Bay 0.
Cole Hamels (13-6) pitched a complete game, throwing a seven-hitter including a home run to Pablo Sandoval in the ninth inning. He struck out five batters for the Phillies, who are nine games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the NL East.
In other National League games, it was the Chicago Cubs 11, Cincinnati 4; Milwaukee 7, Houston 5; San Diego 13, Pittsburgh 2; St. Louis 2, Florida 1; the Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Arizona 3; New York Mets 11, Atlanta 7; and Colorado 15, Washington 7.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio, who was taken off the field on a stretcher two days ago after he was hit with a line drive, underwent surgery yesterday for a fractured vertebrae in his neck at a Denver hospital, the team said.
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