In a game that turned out to be not at all a pitcher's duel, New York Yankees starter Randy Johnson lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five hits and five walks. Boston starter Josh Beckett rebounded well from his recent troubles, with 7IP, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, no walks, and seven strikeouts.
New York took an early lead with a two-run homer by Jason Giambi in the first, but Boston responded in the third, as a series of miscues gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Alex Rodriguez gave up an error, his first of two for the night, leading to the first Boston run, while a wild pitch soon tied the game.
The fourth was just as disastrous for the Yankees, with the bottom of the lineup wreaking havoc on Randy Johnson. Dustan Mohr started things off with a walk, SS Alex Gonzalez singled, a wild pitch, and a Mark Loretta single gave Boston a 5-2 lead. Finally, Aaron Small couldn't contain the damage, as a Melky Cabrera error helped Boston score another two runs.
Nothing got better in the fifth. Another error by A-Rod put Mike Lowell on first, then Trot Nixon walked onto second. Alex Gonzalez's first homer in a Boston uniform made it 10-2 Boston. In the home half of the fifth, Melky Cabrera singled, letting Robinson Cano score.
The next inning gave Boston another homer in the form of Manny Ramirez, making it 11-3 Boston. Then New York managed to stem the bleeding for a few innings - until the ninth rolled around, where Boston scored three more runs, giving the Red Sox two touchdowns.
Rookie closer Jonathan Papelbon did not make an appearance in a game where the Yankees had as many errors as runs; instead Keith Foulke and Rudy Seanez closed things out for Boston. The victory matched Boston's highest run total of the season, gave the Sox a 2-0 series lead for the season, extended their winning streak to five games, and gave them sole possession of first place in the A.L. East. Johnny Damon remained hitless against his former team, going 0-for-3 on the night; Wily Mo Peña played all three outfield positions.
NESN Play of the Game: A-Rod's error in the third that should have been the final out of the inning
NESN Player of the Game: Alex Gonzalez, for his 2-for-4 performance.
Red Sox Pitching
Tue 05/09/06, 6:22 pm EST