John Smoltz had more than a tough outing last night at Yankee Stadium, letting up nine hits and eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings. The 13-6 New York victory marks their first win all season against the rival Boston Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia gave the Sox the initial lead in the 3rd with a solo homer to right, which was later countered that inning by Johnny Damon with a home run of his own to tie it up. Casey Kotchman supplied an answer for Boston in the top of the 4th with a two run blast off Joba Chamberlin. New York completely dominated the game soon after, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the 4th and holding the lead from there. The run production was mostly contributed by a pair of home runs from Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrera.
Despite the lopsided score, Yankees reliever Mark Melancon threw a pitch over Pedroia’s head and later beamed him in the same at bat. Red Sox manager Terry Francona ran out soon after to speak with plate umpire Derryl Cousins, who issued a warning against any further trouble. The Red Sox have now lost three straight and find themselves 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East race. Pedroia has not been pleased about their recent slump, saying “we’ve got to play better. That’s obvious. We went into Tampa and they beat up on us. We’re in a stretch of the season that we’re playing the best teams in the division. We’ve got to win.”
Josh Beckett is hoping to turn things around for the Red Sox next game as he goes up against A.J. Burnett. Game two of the series is scheduled to start tonight at 4:10 pm.
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