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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Boston, MA (Aug 6) – The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox by the score of 3-2 on Friday night. Bartolo Colon made the start and had good stuff but he did not make it through five innings. The bullpen for the Yankees really did the job. The Yankees offense did not exactly clobber the ball but they did enough to win.
Colon pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two. Boone Logan got the win his third of the season by pitching an inning giving up a hit and he struck out two. Cory Wade faced one batter and retired him, Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Dave Robertson pitched a perfect inning. Mariano Rivera pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two. Rivera earned his 29th save of the season.
Derek Jeter had a hit, Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI and Mark Teixeira had a walk. Nick Swisher had two hits an RBI, a walk, Andruw Jones had two walks, and Eduardo Nunez had a hit and two walks. Swisher had a double. The Yankees were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Nunez and Jeter were both caught stealing.
The Red Sox got on the board first in the third inning on a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI double. David Ortiz hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to make it 2-0 Red Sox. In the sixth inning Granderson had an RBI single, Cano grounded into a double play but a run scored and Swisher hit an RBI double. It was 3-2 and that would complete the scoring.
The Yankees entered the game 1-8 against the Red Sox; their only win against them was in Boston. The two teams will play game two tomorrow afternoon. The Yankees will have CC Sabathia on the mound against John Lackey. The Yankees won their eighth straight game.
Nick Swisher said, “To come here and get the first game here is obviously huge for us. It shows us that they are human and can be beat. I think it’s a big mental lift for us.”
The Yankees have not been in first place alone since July 7th. Logan since June 22nd looks like a different person. He has given up three runs in 13 1/3 innings with 20 strikeouts.