Eric Chavez hit two of the Yankees’ five solo home runs as New York defeated the Red Sox 6-2 in a game marking the 100th birthday of Boston’s Fenway Park.
Yesterday’s contest at the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball came on the centennial of the first official game at the park. That game 100 years ago was between the Red Sox and the New York Highlanders, later renamed the Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher and Russell Martin also hit home runs for the Yankees (8-6). Rodriguez recorded his 631st homer to surpass Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the career list.
“It was a very cool ceremony,” Rodriguez said about the pregame introductions of about 200 former Red Sox players, managers and coaches. “They put on a great show, but the game was good, too.”
Derek Jeter, who went 1-for-5, moved into 18th place for career hits at 3,111. He passed Dave Winfield.
“You’re going to hit home runs every once in a while, but we can’t sit around and wait for it,” Jeter said.
David Ortiz homered for Boston (4-9), which lost its fourth straight game.
Frustrating to Lose
“We’re a good team,” Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez said. “We’re just not playing good baseball. It’s frustrating the way we’re losing.”
Ivan Nova (3-0) got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (1-1), who allowed all five homers, took the loss.
At Citi Field in New York, Hector Sanchez hit the go-ahead single in the 10th inning for the San Francisco Giants in their 4-3 victory over the New York Mets.
The Giants had a 3-0 lead until New York’s Jason Bay and Kirk Nieuwenhuis started a rally with home runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Josh Thole’s one-run single in the ninth sent the game into extra innings.
At Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-4 for the 10,000th victory in franchise history.
The Reds (6-8) joined the Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals as 10,000-game winners.
“When you look at 30 different teams and being one of six, it’s a pretty cool thing,” said outfielder Drew Stubbs who drive in three runs for the Reds. “To be a part of it is pretty special.”
The Cubs (3-11) dropped their sixth straight game.
In the American League, it was Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 4; Toronto 4, Kansas City 3; the Chicago White Sox 7, Seattle 3; the Los Angeles Angels 6, Baltimore 3; and Cleveland 4, Oakland 3.
In the National League, it was Washington 2, Miami 0; St. Louis 4, Pittsburgh 1; Colorado 4, Milwaukee 3; the Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Houston 1; Atlanta 9, Arizona 1; and Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1.
The Texas Rangers’ game against the Tigers was postponed by rain in Detroit and will be played today as a day-night doubleheader.