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Yankees get 14 hits, 12 walks in 14-5 win over Red Sox
By late Thursday afternoon, Joe Girardi had grown tired of the story line.
Wednesday night's main event, Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck, was "yesterday's story," he said.
And while understanding that the announcement that Pineda had been suspended 10 games kept the story relevant, Girardi preferred to look ahead. "This is a big game," he said. "Both teams are trying to take a series here. It's important that we move on."
With CC Sabathia turning in a second straight strong outing, Yangervis Solarte driving in four runs and Boston committing five errors, the Yankees moved forward with a 14-5 win on a chilly, windy night at Fenway Park.
After three unimpressive outings to start the season, Sabathia (3-2, 4.78) was good again, allowing two runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three. The Red Sox wound up with four hits.
The victory capped a 4-3 trip that started in Tampa, a journey in which the Yankees lost Pineda for 10 games and Ivan Nova for the season.
"Four and three? In two tough cities, Tampa and here? That's pretty good," Girardi said. "We bounced back nicely . . . Obviously, people have to step up. It's hard to replace Nova, but someone's going to have to step up."
The Yankees (13-9), who have won five of seven this year against the Red Sox (10-13), had 14 hits and drew 12 walks from five Boston pitchers, including outfielder Mike Carp, who unveiled his knuckleball in the ninth. He didn't allow the ball to be hit out of the infield in a hitless inning . . . but walked five and allowed a run. Carp threw 38 pitches, 15 for strikes. It was the second time this trip that the Yankees saw a position player pitch; Dean Anna took the mound for them Saturday against the Rays.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-6 with three RBIs -- making him 5-for-15 with five RBIs in his first series at Fenway against his former team -- and Solarte, Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano and Brian Roberts had two hits each.
Of the 14 runs allowed by Red Sox pitchers, nine were earned, the second time in the series they allowed five unearned runs.
"The sooner we move past this one, the better," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, saying he planned to speak to the team before Friday night's game in Toronto about its sloppy play.
Thursday night's sloppiness began early. Carlos Beltran reached in the first against Felix Doubront when shortstop Xander Bogaerts couldn't handle his scorched grounder for an error. Soriano doubled to make it 1-0.
Brett Gardner led off the second with a walk and moved to second on an error by Dustin Pedroia, who lost the ball on the transfer after taking Brock Holt's throw on Roberts' grounder to third. After a wild pitch, Solarte broke out of a 0-for-14 slump by pulling a two-run double down the leftfield line to make it 3-0.
With runners on first and third, Doubront threw an apparent run-scoring wild pitch, but plate umpire Phil Cuzzi ruled it had hit Beltran. That would have sent Solarte back to third. Girardi challenged the call, and when it was overturned, the Yankees had a 4-0 lead.
Mark Teixeira led off the third with his first homer of the year, a shot just over the Green Monster in left-center. Two-run singles by Solarte and Jeter sandwiched around an RBI double by Ellsbury in the seventh made it 12-2.
Sabathia mostly cruised, utilizing a solid two-seam fastball and the best changeup he's had this season. "It was important to go out and have a good outing," he said. "I know we were a little bit taxed in the bullpen and the situation we've been in . . . It felt good to go out, pitch good and get a win."