Mark Teixeira scored the decisive run off Raul Ibanez’s double in the seventh inning to help the Major League Baseball-leading New York Yankees earn a 10-8 victory over the injury-plagued Boston Red Sox.
Teixeira drove in four runs last night as he sent home Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez on a single in the first inning and scored the same duo on a triple in the seventh in the first of a four-game series at Boston’s Fenway Park. Ibanez then sent Teixeira home to put the Yankees ahead 9-7.
The Yankees and Red Sox had ended a 10-run first inning tied at five runs each.
“They got five in the first; we had their closer in at the end of the game,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters. “We did a good job, but it put us climbing uphill the whole game.”
The score was tied again at the end of the second inning after Granderson scored on Rodriguez’s ground-out and Boston’s David Ortiz hit a run-scoring single to left field.
Mauro Gomez broke the tie in the fifth inning on a run-scoring single before the Yankees added four more runs in the seventh. Boston’s Cody Ross ended the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh.
The Red Sox (42-41) are down three starting pitchers, a closer, left fielder, center fielder, second baseman and backup outfielder. The latest injury was to second baseman Dustin Pedroia who was put on the 15-day disabled list yesterday for an injury to his right thumb sustained when he tried to dive for a ball against Oakland on July 3.
“It’s been excessive, I think, one of those words,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “Ridiculously excessive.”
Boston is in fourth place, 8 ½ games behind the Yankees in the five-team American League East.
The Yankees (50-32) have topped the Texas Rangers for the best record in the majors even as the team is without left fielder Brett Gardner and four former All-Star pitchers -- starters CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda and closer Mariano Rivera.
Boone Logan (4-0) got the win, giving up one run on two hits and striking out one in 2/3 inning for the Yankees. Rafael Soriano got his 20th save, striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.
Andrew Miller (2-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on one hit in 1/3 inning.