BOSTON – Given a three-run lead in the second, righthander Allen Webster gave it all back plus one in the third inning, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Webster, making his second major league start of the season, needed 39 pitches in the third, recording just two outs as he faced nine batters, giving up four runs on five walks and two hits.
He took the loss, falling to 1-1, with a 6.75 ERA. He went 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on two hits and six walks with one strikeout.
Shane Greene started for the Yankees but was not involved in the decision. He went 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Shawn Kelley (2-3) earned the win in relief, going 1 1/3 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts.
The Sox opened the scoring in the second on Mike Napoli’s two-run home run, a monster shot that landed on the parking deck across Lansdowne Street. The blast, Napoli’s 13th of the season, scored Yoenis Cespedes who led off the inning with a single in his first at-bat in a Sox uniform. The Sox added a run later in the inning when Christian Vazquez’s two-out single scored Daniel Nava.
The Yankees added a run when Mark Teixeira led off the fifth with his 19th home run of the season, nearly identical to Napoli’s blast, off Craig Breslow. Doubles by Carlos Beltran and Stephen Drew in the seventh off Alex Wilson gave the Yankees a three-run lead.
The Sox cut the deficit by one in the bottom of the inning when Brock Holt walked with one out, taking third on Dustin Pedroia’s single to right and scoring on David Ortiz’s sacrifice fly. But that was all they would get.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 28th save.
MVP: Derek Jeter
Jeter went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI. He drove in the first two runs of the Yankees’ four-run third inning with a bases-loaded single.
GOAT: Allen Webster
In his second major league outing of the season, Webster took the loss, with a dreadful, four-run third inning, when he needed 39 pitches to record just two outs while facing nine batters.
Mike Napoli’s 13th home run of the season, a two-run blast in the second that scored the first runs of the game, landed on the parking deck across Lansdowne Street beyond the left field wall. His last 10home runs had all been solo shots.
Since joining the Sox last season, he has 11 home runs and 26 RBI against the Yankees. It is the most home runs against the Yankees in that time, tied with Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria for most RBI.
QUOTE/TWEET OF THE GAME:
"It was nice, but I didn't feel any pressure to get a hit in my first at-bat. I knew it would come second at-bat, third or even in a couple days.” – Yoenis Cespedes, on getting a hit in his first at-bat with the Sox (translated by Adrian Lorenzo of the Sox’ baseball operations department)
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games beginning on July 23, batting .400, going 14-for-35. He has six multi-hit games over that stretch…Christian has driven in nine runs in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position, batting .429, with six hits, three doubles…Yoenis Cespedes made his Sox debut, playing left field, batting fourth. He went 1-for-4, scoring on Mike Napoli’s home run…David Ortiz drove in a run with his seventh-inning sacrifice fly. He now has at least one RBI in eight of his last 11 games, with 15 RBI total. He has 79 RBI this season to lead the team. Dustin Pedroia is next with 40…Jackie Bradley threw out Derek Jeter at first base in the first inning for a double play and his major league-leading 13th outfield assist of the season. Cespedes is next with 12. It was Bradley’s eight double play of the season. No other major league outfielder has more than three double plays entering Saturday’s games. Bradley has the most double plays by a Sox outfielder since Dwight Evans had eight in 1975, and the most by a Sox center fielder since Nemo Leibold had eight in 1921.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Sox are now 2-9 in their last 11 games, 19-31 against the American League East this season, compared to 30-30 against all other teams. They are now 36-14 when scoring first. They fell to 28-30 in games decided by one or two runs.
The Sox and Yankees wrap up their three-game series at Fenway on Sunday at 8 p.m. Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.87) is scheduled to start, opposed by right-hander David Phelps (5-5, 3.89).
In his last four starts against the Yankees, going back to the beginning of 2013, Buchholz has posted an ERA of 1.12, giving up just three earned runs over 24 innings. He last faced them on April 10 at Yankee Stadium, taking the loss as he gave up four runs, two earned, over six innings.
In his last five starts, Buchholz is 2-3 with a 5.18 ERA.
In his last nine starts, Phelps is 4-1 with a 3.29 ERA, allowing two or fewer runs in seven of those outings. In 10 career appearances, three starts, against the Sox he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. All three starts came in 2012. This will be his first time facing them this season.