Last night was a night to remember as the Yankees had a hit and run fest in Fenway Park. Hideki Matsui homered twice and had a career-high seven RBIs, Alex Rodriguez had four hits in a 20-11.
The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, six in the fifth, three in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the ninth.
Matsui hit three-run homers in the fifth and ninth, giving him 21 for the year, and drove in a run with a groundout in the seventh.
Rodriguez went 4 for 4 after getting just five hits in his previous 25 at-bats. Mark Teixeira and Melky Cabrera had three hits apiece and Teixeira drove in three runs. Derek Jeter went 3 for 6 for his fourth three-hit performance in the last five games and is batting .543 in his last 11 games.
The Yankees led 12-1 before the Red Sox scored three in the bottom of the fifth off Andy Pettitte (10-6).
Jeter doubled in the first, Teixeira walked, Rodriguez singled and Jorge Posada hit a two-run single. In the first, Johnny Damon fouled a ball off his right knee,and left the game in the bottom half with a bruised knee.
Eric Hinske cam in to replace Damon and contributed offensively by doubling in a run in the second before a two-run double by Teixeira and an RBI single by Rodriguez.
Behind stellar offense, Pettitte just needed to keep the Sox at bay. He pitched five innings, allowing 7 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), while walking two and striking out four.
An oversight on this offensive fireworks was the disastrous showing of the bullpen. Brian Bruney pitched 1.1 innings but walked 3 and allowed one hit. Damaso Marte came in for the first time in months for .2 of a inning and struck out one, so he was the minor bright spot. Sergio Mitre was awful in the bottom of the ninth, allowing two home runs to let the Sox bring up their score to 11. This cannot happen on a regular night, but Girardi was probably liberal because of the Yankees’ lead in runs.
Today it’s AJ Burnett against Tazawa at 4:10 p.m. No matter what happens, the Yankees will leave Beantown with at least a 5.5 game lead, which is still pretty comfortable.