Aug 2, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt (26) runs to third base on a base hit by second baseman Dustin Pedroia (not pictured) during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Fast Start Helps Yankees Beat Red Sox

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A four-run third inning keyed the New York Yankees past the Red Sox to a 6-4 victory at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.

Boston took an early three-run lead after Mike Napoli smashed a two-run homer to score Red Sox-newbie Yoenis Cespedes, who was making his debut with the club. Christian Vazquez also contributed with an RBI-single and the Sox were ahead by three after the second inning.

It didn’t take long for the Yanks to respond, as they tallied four runs in the top of the third. Derek Jeter‘s two-run double put New York on the board for the first time, and an RBI-groundout by Jacoby Ellsbury knotted the game at three. Carlos Beltran singled to score Jeter, putting the Yanks on top 4-3, and from that point forward they never looked back.

A solo homer by Mark Teixeira and an RBI-double by former Sox shortstop Stephen Drew gave the Yankees a 6-3 edge and Boston was unable to even things up from that point on.

Allen Webster had a rough start, tossing just 2.2 innings, struggling his command by walking six. He gave up two hits, four earned runs, and struck out one in his wild day on the mound.

Both teams face off tonight as Clay Buchholz looks to rebound from a poor start as he goes up against David Phelps in the rubber match at Fenway Park.

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