The Boston Red Sox have run their season record against the Yankees to 5-0 with a rain-soaked win in NY on Tuesday night. Joba Chamberlain was roughed up for four runs in the first inning, before settling down and striking out 12 through 5 2/3. Josh Beckett gave up 3 runs through 6 innings of work, all of which came on a monster home run by former Boston centerfielder Johnny Damon. The Sox got another run in the 9th on a bases-loaded walk charged to Mark Melancon. Boston relievers Hideki Okajima and Takashi Saito combined for 3 perfect innings to preserve the lead and give the Sox a 5-0 run against their rivals.
After hitting a 3-run homer to give the Sox the early lead, Sox left fielder Bay was hit with a pitch in the 5th. Chamberlain, who has shown a tendency to hit first-baseman Kevin Youkilis, will not be penalized for the HBP.
The win gives the Sox a 17-10 record, while the Yankees fell to .500 on the year at 13-13. Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left in the 4th inning with tightness in his right hamstring, but is not expected to miss significant playing time. The Sox return home on Wednesday night to face the Cleveland Indians, who currently reisde at last place in the American League Central division.
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