The New York Yankees clubbed five home runs yesterday, four off of Boston Red Sox starter John Lackey, en route to a 7-4 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium.
Brian McCann hit two homers, while Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, and Kelly Johnson all went deep in the third game of the series. Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski smashed his first career homer with the club, and helped the Sox keep the game close.
Huroki Kuroda picked up his second win of the season, pitched into the seventh inning and gave way to the Yankee bullpen, which held onto the lead for the right-hander. Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season.
Lackey got off to a great start this year, winning his first two starts, but ran into his first hiccup this season in New York. He gave up 10 hits, walking none and striking out six in 5.2 innings of work.
The Red Sox scored two runs on a Mike Carp single in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to two. However, they would never get any closer and the Yankees now take a 2-1 game lead in the first series between the clubs in 2014.
The Sox come back today with lefty Felix Doubront facing off against Yanks RHP Ivan Nova. Both pitchers have great stuff, but struggle mechanically and a poor start for either can lead to a short day. Look for Doubront to be too careful with this Yankees lineup. It could be his downfall tonight, but if he gets the swings-and-misses he craves so much, he could wind up pitching five or six solid innings of baseball.