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Yankees Game 85: Andruw Beats The Monster…Again

New York Yankees 7 — Boston Red Sox 3

 

Andruw Jones continues swinging a hot bat behind Ivan Nova’s dominance in tonight’s 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.

 

Ivan Nova overcame some rare defensive miscues in his 6 innings of work tonight. A rare dropped pop up by Derek Jeter allowed the first run to score on what would have been the final out of the 1st inning. Then in the 3rd inning, Derek Jeter misplayed a play that he has made 99 times out of 100. David Ortiz would bring in a run with a double. Overall, Nova allowed just 2 runs and the first was unearned as he dominated the Red Sox with his fastball and curveball to rack up 10 strikeouts in his 10th win of the season. The bullpen was relatively dependable despite David Robertson’s difficult 1.1 innings of work. He walked 2 and gave up a run-scoring double but was pitching with a wide lead that was not put in jeopardy by this outing.

 

The Yankees have scored multiple runs in the 1st inning of all 4 games in Boston this weekend. In the first inning of the 4 games, the Yankees scored 5 runs in game 1, 4 runs in game 2, 3 runs in game 3, and 2 tonight. The first 3 Yankees to come to the plate reached base as Mark Teixeira would drive in the first run of the game with a double. The other run came on a double play attempt that 3rd baseman, Mauro Gomez bounced to 1st base in an attempt at turning a double play. Andruw Jones had a huge weekend in Fenway Park. In the doubleheader, he had 3 home runs and it looked like he brought that bat back with him. Jones singled in a run in the 5th inning; in that inning, Alex Rodriguez also hit a deep triple to bring in a run earlier. But Andruw Jones did not settle with keeping the ball in the park, with 3 home runs yesterday, the veteran outfielder also went deep in the 7th inning for a two-run blast to give the Yankees a controlling 7-2 lead. The Yankees had a dominant series offensively and exit the first half of the break with a strong 3 out of 4 games in Boston and a 52-33 record to have a strong hold on the AL East division and the best record in baseball.

 

Win – Ivan Nova (10-3)

Loss – Jon Lester (5-6)

 

Notable

Yankees

*Andruw Jones – 2 for 5, R, 2-Run Home Run (11) in the 7th, 3 RBI (22)

*Mark Teixeira – 2 for 5, R, 2B, RBI (54)

Red Sox

*David Ortiz – 1 for 4, BB, 2B, RBI (57)

*Mike Aviles – 1 for 3, BB, 2B, RBI (44)

 

Current Yankees Record: 52-33