By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, Robinson Cano
also homered and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4
on Wednesday night to remain tied for first place in the AL East.
The Yankees finished the game without shortstop Derek Jeter, who
left in the eighth after pulling up lame running out a double-play
grounder to end the inning.
A day after Jacoby Ellsbury’s game-ending single dropped New
York into a tie with Baltimore atop the division, the Yankees got
all their runs on homers to remain there. The Orioles beat Tampa
Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night, preserving the tie and dropping the
Rays three games back in the division.
David Phelps (4-4) gave up one run on five hits and a walk in 5
2-3 innings, striking out five. Rafael Soriano got four outs for
his 37th save, but not before allowing a solo homer to Jarrod
Saltalamacchia to lead off the ninth, followed by a fly ball that
left fielder Chris Dickerson caught at the base of the Green
Mauro Gomez grounded out meekly to second base for the second
out, then Soriano misplayed Mike Aviles chopper to extend the game.
But Ellsbury followed with another chopper and Soriano gloved it,
throwing to first for the final out.
Aaron Cook (3-10) allowed three runs on seven hits while
striking out two in five-plus innings. Saltalamacchia had a double,
a triple, a homer and a walk for Boston, which lost for the 12th
time in 14 games.
The matchup of longtime division foes lacked much of the
intensity that had characterized their rivalry in the past decade,
gaining life only at the end after embattled Red Sox manager Bobby
Valentine was ejected _ along with outfielder Cody Ross and third
base coach Jerry Royster _ for arguing a called third strike. The
game was officially announced as a sellout, the 787th in a row at
Fenway Park, but there were thousands of no-shows and many of those
who did attend were Yankees fans.
They saw Granderson lead off the fourth inning with a homer and,
after Alex Rodriguez singled, Cano followed with his career-high
30th home run to make it 3-0. Granderson homered again in the
seventh inning after Jeter singled to make it 5-1.
In all, the Yankees have hit 34 homers in 14 games against the
Red Sox this season.
The Red Sox made it 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh after
back-to-back doubles by Saltalamacchia and Daniel Nava left runners
on second and third. One run scored on Gomez’s groundout and
another came in on Aviles’ pinch-hit RBI double.
Jeter bounced into the inning-ending double play with runners on
first and third in the eighth. After failing to beat the relay, he
came up limping just after he stepped on the bag.
Manager Joe Girardi and a trainer rushed onto the field as Jeter
walked back to the infield. Jeter walked with them to the dugout,
slowly, then was replaced at short by Casey McGehee.
Notes: Jeter scored his 1,860th run, passing Mel Ott for 12th on
the career list. … Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione was
honored for 30 years with the team in a pregame ceremony. … The
Red Sox activated RHP Scott Atchison (right elbow strain) from the
60-day disabled list and transferred LHP Franklin Morales (left
shoulder inflammation) to the 60-day DL. … Red Sox outfielder
Cody Ross was ejected after arguing a called third strike with a
runner on second the eighth inning. … Phelps had not won in four
starts since Aug. 13. It’s just the third time in nine starts that
he has retired more than 15 batters. … Cook has won just once in
12 starts since June.
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