Pedro Ciriaco hit a three-run double in the sixth inning, then stole a base and scored in the seventh as the Boston Red Sox ended their five-game losing streak with a 9-5 win in the night half of a split doubleheader against the New York Yankees.
In the earlier game yesterday, Andruw Jones hit two home runs and Nick Swisher and Jayson Nix had one each as the Major League Baseball-leading Yankees won 6-1 to capture the first two of the four-game series at Fenway Park in Boston.
In the night game, Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer off Felix Doubront to give the Yankees a 3-0 advantage in the first inning.
“Every victory is important, but it’s good to beat these guys, and it’s good to come back,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “It seemed like they were going to score early and keep us down. But the guys were determined to come back off the floor.”
Mauro Gomez scored in the third inning when Daniel Nava grounded into a double play. Ciriaco, called up two days ago to replace the injured Dustin Pedroia, scored in the fifth on Nick Punto’s sacrifice fly before his bases-clearing double in the sixth gave Boston a 5-3 lead.
“It was a grind today,” Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes said. “There were runners all over out there. They really broke through with that bases-loaded double.”
Ryan Sweeney tripled and scored on Gomez’s double in Boston’s four-run seventh. Mike Aviles, running for Gomez, reached home on an error by Nix before Ciriaco stole third and then scored on a throwing error by catcher Russell Martin.
The Yankees committed a season-high four errors, leading to two unearned runs.
“It was part of our downfall,” Yankee manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “That and giving up the two-out hits. It stretches innings. In the fifth, we gave them an extra out and in the sixth we gave them one, too.”
Jones hit a solo home run in the seventh for the Yankees, who trailed 5-4 and Eric Chavez added another in the ninth.
Doubront (9-4) gave up four runs on four hits and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings for the win. Hughes (9-7) surrendered five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings in taking the loss.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Yankees scored four times in the top of the first inning against Franklin Morales when Swisher hit a 3-run homer and Jones followed with a solo shot. Jones and Nix then made it 6-0 with consecutive homers leading off the fourth.
Gomez drove in the only run for the Red Sox in the bottom of the fourth with a single.
New York starter Freddy Garcia (3-2) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings for the win, while Morales (1-2) took the loss after giving up six runs in 3 1/3 innings.
The Yankees (51-33) have the best record in the majors, one-half game ahead of the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox (43-42) are in fourth place, 8 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East.
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