May 22, 2018
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Buchholz leads Red Sox over Yankees 5-4

By RONALD BLUM, The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Whether New York and Boston are fighting for first place or scuffling, as they are this year, Clay Buchholz knows he’s in for a battle at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s the toughest place mentally to pitch,” he said. “They all hate us.”

In the first game between the rivals in New York this season, Buchholz won his third straight start and Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis homered to lead the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Friday night.

Just 1-3 with a 6.25 ERA in six starts against the Yankees coming in, Buchholz (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one.

“He threw hard and down with movement, and then he started using his changeup and breaking ball,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “His fastball had so much depth to it.”

Boston (18-20) stopped a two-game skid and remained five games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay. The Yankees, who dropped to 1-3 against the Red Sox on Friday the 13th, lost their third straight home game for the first time since Sept. 22-25 and dropped two games behind the Rays.

“They always seem to come out of their struggles whenever we come here or they come to Fenway,” Buchholz said.

A crowd of 48,254 filled the ballpark for the first sellout since opening day. It was the first Friday the 13th game between the rivals in a decade — and the first between them in New York in 20 years.

Gonzalez homered into the right-field second deck leading off a two-run fourth against Bartolo Colon (2-2), his fourth homer in three games, and he put the Red Sox ahead 3-2 with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly off Chamberlain. Youkilis reached out for a 98 mph fastball and powered it over the right-field scoreboard for a two-run homer.

“I was very fortunate we’re not playing at Fenway Park and are in Yankee Stadium,” Youkilis said. “That’s the good thing being here. The ball goes out to right field where it’s an out probably at Fenway Park, how deep it is.”

Chamberlain had not allowed a run in his previous six appearances.

“I knew it wasn’t a good pitch as soon as I let it go,” he said.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had singled leading off the seventh, chasing Colon after 103 pitches. Speedy Jacoby Ellsbury bounced to shortstop against Chamberlain, but the Yankees could only get the force at second. Dustin Pedroia then executed a perfect hit-and-run single past the space Cano vacated to cover the second-base bag, putting runners at the corners for Gonzalez, who hit a sacrifice fly to the left-field warning track.

In Colon’s first start since an orthopedic surgeon said he injected stem cells into the pitcher’s right shoulder and elbow last year, he gave up three runs — two earned — five hits and three walks in six-plus innings.

Youkilis also scored in the fourth on Carl Crawford’s groundout after reaching when Russell Martin allowed a third strike to get by him for a passed ball.

Martin tied the score with a two-run homer in the fifth. Martin and Youkilis and Martin each ended 45 at-bat homerless streaks.

Daniel Bard allowed Curtis Granderson’s leadoff triple to the base of the left-field wall in the eighth, then threw a run-scoring wild pitch that made it 5-3. Alex Rodriguez walked, Bard hit Robinson Cano on the left foot with a pitch, and the runners advanced on a double steal. In the key sequence of the night, Bard struck out Nick Swisher with a 99 mph fastball and induced an inning-ending grounder to second by Jorge Posada on a 101 mph pitch.

Jonathan Papelbon finished for his sixth save in seven chances, ending career-high stretches of six games and 20 days without one. He allowed Granderson’s two-out RBI single before getting Mark Teixeira to pop out with the tying run on base.

“We had our shot,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We didn’t get it done.”

NOTES: Buchholz made a diving stab on Brett Gardner’s one-hopper between the mound and first in the third inning, then had a nifty backhand toss to first to beat the batter. … A disputed call by Mike Everitt allowed Gardner to advance to second in the fifth — the second-base ump ruled Pedroia’s foot came off the bag as he stretched to reach Derek Jeter’s hit-and-run grounder to the shortstop side of the bag. But Buchholz retired Granderson and Teixeira.

Tigers 3, Royals 0

DETROIT — Justin Verlander made an impressive bid to become the second pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters before allowing Melky Cabrera’s RBI triple in the sixth inning of the Detroit Tigers’ victory over the Kansas City Royals.

In his first start since throwing a no-hitter at Toronto on Saturday, Verlander pitched 5 2-3 hitless innings before Cabrera sent a line drive to the gap in right-center field. Verlander was trying to equal Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer, who threw two straight no-hitters in 1938.

Verlander (4-3) settled for another outstanding outing, allowing a run on two hits and three walks in eight innings. He struck out seven.Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers for the Tigers off Luke Hochevar (3-4).

Indians 5, Mariners 4

CLEVELAND — Travis Hafner hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Seattle closer Brandon League, rallying Cleveland to another dramatic victory and handing Seattle its sixth straight loss.

Hafner belted an 0-1 pitch from League (0-4) over the center-field fence for his first homer since April 17, sending the crowd of 33,774 into a frenzy. The American League-leading Indians are 24-13.

Tony Sipp (2-0) pitched a perfect 1 1-3 innings for the victory.

It was Cleveland’s ninth last at-bat win in a season growing more surprising by the day.

Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley also hit home runs for Cleveland.

Carlos Peguero hit his first major league homer, and Justin Smoak also connected for Seattle.

Rays 3, Orioles 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson threw a four-hitter in his first career complete game, Matt Joyce and Johnny Damon homered and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.

Hellickson (4-2) struck out three and walked one. The right-hander retired his final 13 hitters.

Joyce put the Rays up with a two-run homer off Jeremy Guthrie (1-6) in the second inning. Joyce had two hits and is 23 for 48 with five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 14 games.

Damon made it 3-0 with a solo homer in the eighth inning. He broke a tie for 73rd place on the career hit list with Tim Raines and Rabbit Maranville with 2,606.

Blue Jays 2, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Romero pitched 8 2-3 innings, and Jose Bautista homered in Toronto’s victory over somber Minnesota.

The Twins learned earlier in the day that former star Harmon Killebrew was preparing for the final days of his life and no longer planned to fight his esophageal cancer. Killebrew’s No. 3 jersey hung in the dugout, where it will stay for the remainder of the season. Video messages from Bert Blyleven, Tony Oliva and Justin Morneau were played on the big screen before the first pitch.

Romero (3-4) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Denard Span slapped a single past a diving John McDonald with two outs in the sixth to break up the no-hit bid.

Romero allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked three. He yelled into his glove after allowing a single to Delmon Young and getting pulled one out away from his second career shutout. Frank Francisco came on and struck out Michael Cuddyer to notch his third save in four chances.

Bautista smashed his 12th home run in the eighth to make it 2-0. The slugger was 3 for 4 and has reached base in 29 of 30 games this season.

Alex Burnett (0-2) was the loser.

Rangers 4, Angels 1

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alexi Ogando pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre homered in Texas’ victory over Jered Weaver and Los Angeles.

Ogando (4-0) missed his previous scheduled start last Sunday against the New York Yankees because of a blister on his right index finger. He was in command against the Angels in his eighth career start, all this season after converting from the bullpen. The right-hander allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.

Weaver (6-3) has lost his last three starts after winning his first six.

Erick Aybar homered for the Angels.


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