June 21, 2018
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Boston’s Doubront, three relievers shut down Yankees

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Boston's Jonny Gomes (5) is congratulated at the dugout by teammate David Ortiz (34) after his two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Fenway Park in Boston Friday night. The Red Sox won 4-2.
By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — Fifth starter Felix Doubront, another major factor in the Red Sox surprising 2013 turnaround, did it again Friday night.

The lefthander who hasn’t lost since June 8, won his third straight start combining with three relievers on a five-hitter that carried the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the depleted New York Yankees in the opener of a post-break three-game series.

Doubront, 7-3 with a 1.56 ERA over his last six starts, had a no-hitter through four innings and left with one out in the seventh after throwing 95 pitches on a steamy night.

Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Koji Uehara finished up as the Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Yankees, making their first 2013 visit to Fenway, to their third straight loss.

Breslow pitched out of an eighth-inning jam before Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Andy Pettitte (7-7) gave up a leadoff home run to Jacoby Ellsbury and a two-run shot to Jonny Gomes in the second inning before settling down. Jose Iglesias’s two-out RBI single off reliever Shane Kelley tacked a fourth run on Pettitte’s record in the seventh.

Gomes also had a double, Ellsbury a single and David Ortiz two doubles for Boston.

As if the Yankees, who put Derek Jeter back on the disabled list Friday, don’t have enough injury problems, rookie left fielder Zoilo Almonte left the game with a left ankle sprain suffered running out a double-play grounder. X-rays were negative.

Pettitte, who has been having all kinds of trouble early in games, saw his second pitch of the game to Ellsbury sail over the Yankee bullpen in right field. Then, he walked Mike Napoli to start the second and Gomes crushed his two-run shot.

In the Yankee fourth, Brett Gardner walked and was picked off by Doubront. But Gardner beat the throw to second and then, on the next pitch took off for third. Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s throw went down the left-field line and Garner trotted home.

The Yankees made it 3-2 in the fifth, but also lost Gardner, thrown out by home-plate umpire Mike Everitt for throwing his helmet after a called third strike. Earlier in the inning, doubles by Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart (with two out) broke up a Doubront no-hitter and brought in another run.

NOTES: Red Sox RF Shane Victorino, who has battled back and hamstring problems all season, left the game after grounding into a double play after the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring. … The Yankees placed Jeter on the disabled list (he can return July 27) and summoned Brent Lillibridge from the minors. Lillibridge started at 3B and then moved to RF Friday night. … Red Sox RHP Andrew Bailey was placed on the DL and will likely be lost for the season with a right shoulder that figures to require surgery. RHP Jose De La Torre was brought up for his fourth stint with the club this season. … Boston signed veteran RHPs Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon to minor-league contracts and they headed for Pawtucket. … The Red Sox welcomed New York City police officers to Fenway Park by playing Yankee “theme” song “New York, New York” after the first inning. … Two pitchers who probably should have better records face each other in Saturday’s second game of the series, with New York sending Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 2.65 ERA, second in the AL) to the mound against John Lackey (8-6, 2.76, fourth in the league), Lackey one of the keys to Boston’s first-half success. Lackey has had six straight quality starts, not allowing more than two earned runs in any of them. … The Red Sox hope to have SS Stephen Drew (hamstring) back off the DL and in the lineup Saturday. … Yankees GM Brian Cashman said 3B Alex Rodriguez, rehabbing in Triple-A, is on target to return either Monday or Tuesday night at Texas.

RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 5: Ryan Roberts singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and left-hander David Price pitched seven innings as the Tampa Bay Rays came from behind to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Friday.

Desmond Jennings followed Roberts’ single with a double against right-handed reliever Steve Delabar to add an extra run in the eighth as Price (4-5) picked up his third win in four starts since returning from the disabled list.

Left-hander Brett Cecil (3-1) took the loss before a crowd of 33,266 at Rogers Centre.

Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers, Evan Longoria and Kelly Johnson hit solo home runs for the Rays who outhit the Blue Jays, 14-8.

The Rays added two insurance runs in the ninth.

Price allowed four runs and seven hits including three home runs — solo shots by Edwin Encarnacion and J.P, Arencibia and a two-run blast by Jose Bautista.

Brett Lawrie hit his sixth homer of the season in the ninth against left-hander Jake McGee.

Blue Jays’ right-hander Esmil Rogers gave up four runs, all on solo home runs, and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and did not factor in the decision.

The Rays, who trailed 4-1 after three innings, tied the game 4-4 in the sixth on home runs by Longoria and Johnson. Longoria led off with his 19th of the season that hit the glass of the third deck in left.

Johnson tied it with his 14th of the season, a drive to center with two out.

Johnson led off the eighth with a single against Cecil. Delabar took over. Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez sacrificed Johnson to second. With two out, Roberts singled to left for a 5-4 Rays lead. Roberts took second on the throw home and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Jennings doubled to increase the lead to 6-4.

The Rays added two runs (one earned) against Neil Wagner in the ninth. Luke Scott doubled. Myers hit an infield single that drew a throwing error by shortstop Jose Reyes. Scott scored and Myers took second. Rodriguez singled home Myers.


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