Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Red Sox 1

July, 7, 2012

BOSTON -- Bombs away.

The New York Yankees hit four home runs en route to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in the matinee game of a doubleheader Saturday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox’s losing skid extends to five games, with the nightcap of this twin bill scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.

Red Sox starter Franklin Morales lasted only 3 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on six hits with two walks, two strikeouts, four home runs and one hit batsman.

New York scored four runs in the top of the first inning, including a three-run homer by Nick Swisher. That shot snapped a 0-for-17 slump for the Yankees outfielder. Teammate Andruw Jones followed with a solo shot for a 4-0 lead.

New York produced another back-to-back offensive explosion in the top of the fourth inning; this time Jones and Jayson Nix hit the home runs. It was the 43rd two-homer game of Jones’ career.

Meanwhile, Boston’s bats melted with Freddy Garcia on the mound. The right-hander worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed only one run on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. He tossed 100 pitches (62 strikes).

The loss dropped the Red Sox (42-42) to .500 for the first time since June 17 and put them into a last-place tie with the Blue Jays, a season-high 9½ games behind the Yankees.

* GERMAN-0: Pitcher Justin Germano, recently called up to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket, made quite an impression in his Red Sox debut. After Morales was lifted with one out in the fourth inning, Germano worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. At the time of his call-up on Wednesday, he had a 9-4 record with a 2.40 ERA in 16 games as a starter for the PawSox. The right-hander had a July 1 opt-out clause in his contract, but thanks to a 48-hour grace period, he was still available when the Red Sox needed to call him up on July 3. He received a standing ovation from the Red Sox fans as he exited the field after the top of the ninth inning.

* WEB GEM: Not only did the Yankees’ Jones produce offensively, but he proved why he once won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves. He made a tremendous leaping catch against the wall in left field to rob Adrian Gonzalez of a possible extra-base hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. New York doubled up Boston baserunner David Ortiz, 7-4-3, on the play.

* PICKED: Morales, a lefty, has a serious pickoff move and displayed it on Saturday afternoon. In the top of the third inning, he picked off the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez 1-3-6 and then Swisher 1-3. Despite the solid move to first base, those are his first two pickoffs of the season.

* EXTENSION: With his single in the bottom of the fourth inning, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 17 games. The mark ties a career high, which he accomplished twice during the 2006 season while with the San Diego Padres. His current streak is the longest active in the majors this season and most by a Red Sox player in 2012.

* SPEAKING OF: The Yankees’ Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ground-rule double in the top of the fifth inning.

* 0-FER: In his Red Sox debut at second base, Pedro Ciriaco went 0-for-4. He was recalled from Pawtucket this week after Boston placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury.

* UP NEXT IN A HURRY: In the nightcap, Boston sends lefty Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.42 ERA) to the mound to face New York righty Phil Hughes (9-6, 4.29). In five career games (one start) against the Yankees, Doubront is 0-0 with a 2.53 ERA (three earned runs in 10 2/3 innings).

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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