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Historic homers lead Red Sox to sweep of Yankees

Apr 23, 2007 - 5:17 AM BOSTON (Ticker) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka and Alex Rodriguez stole the headlines before the game, but it was the Boston Red Sox bats that ruled the night.

Mike Lowell's two homers helped the Red Sox complete their first sweep of the New York Yankees at Fenway Park since 1990 with a 7-6 victory.

The Red Sox hit four straight homers off Yankees starter Chase Wright with two outs in the third inning to take their first lead of the game, 4-3. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Lowell and Jason Varitek all took the lefthander deep before Wily Mo Pena struck out to end the inning.

"I haven't been a part of anything like that," Lowell said. "Not even in little league."

It was the first time in franchise history, and only the fifth time in major league history, that back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers had been hit. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the last team to accomplish the feat - on September 18, 2006, against San Diego. Drew was also involved in that homer barrage.

"What do you say," Drew said. "You can't explain it. You got four good at-bats where guys hit the ball and squared it up and hit it out of the park. It's a really good experience."

Wright tied a major league record for most homers allowed in a single inning. The last person to do it was Randy Johnson, also for the Yankees, on August 21, 2005, against the Chicago White Sox.

"It happened quickly," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It's just another piece of experience for that kid. It has nothing to do with what he's going to be or what's going to happen with him in the future. I still think's he's going to be special. It was just one of those things that he had to deal with."

The Yankees tied the game in the fifth when Derek Jeter homered off Matsuzaka and took a 5-4 lead it the sixth when Robinson Cano scored on Melky Cabrera's groundout.

Lowell added a three-run shot in the seventh off reliever Scott Proctor to give Boston the lead back for good.

Matsuzaka, who struggled throughout, was removed after Rodriguez singled leading off the eighth inning. The Japanese righthander, who was facing the Yankees for the first time, allowed six runs and eight hits while striking out seven.

The six runs Matsuzaka yielded matched his total allowed in his first three starts.

"Part of it is facing that lineup," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "I thought there were times when he rushed a little bit that may have affected his command. But to get us into the eighth inning, we'll take it."

Jonathan Papelbon picked up his sixth save in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning to complete the sweep.

"It's April," Drew said about the sweep. "It would be nice if it were September and you were in a pennant race right now. It does all add up. You're trying to accumulate as many wins as you can. Anyway you can do it is nice."

Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 22 games dating to last season with a single in the eighth inning, but grounded out to third base with a runner on first to end the game.

Wright, making just his second major league start, walked three and struck out three in three innings. The 24-year-old lefthander yielded five hits and four runs, all on the solo homers.

The last time the Red Sox had four homers in an inning was July 23, 2002, against Tampa Bay.

The four consecutive homers allowed makes Wright only the second pitcher in history to give up four straight blasts in an inning.

The last was Paul Foytack of the Los Angeles Angeles against the Cleveland Indians on July 31, 1963. One of the batters was Tito Francona, Terry's Francona's father.






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    BOSTON 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 x 7 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - CHASE WRIGHT, COLTER BEAN (4TH), ANDY PETTITTE (6TH), SCOTT
    PROCTOR (7TH), LUIS VIZCAINO (7TH), SEAN HENN (8TH) AND WIL
    NIEVES, JOSH PHELPS (8TH)
    BOS - DAISU

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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, R CANO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    BOSTON 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: W NIEVES (.000, 0-FOR-3)

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 11:12 PM
  • mark hip hip jorge! can a walk be clutch?

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    AT BOSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: L Vizcaino relieved S Proctor.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    BOSTON 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J Varitek (.277, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Apr 22 10:41 PM


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    AT BOSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: LUIS VIZCAINO (1-1, 6.52) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5, BOSTON 7
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.277, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Apr 22 10:41 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE LOWELL (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF SCOTT PROCTOR SCORED MANNY RAMIREZ AND J.D. DREW.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5, BOSTON 7
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.277, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

    Apr 22 10:40 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE LOWELL (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF SCOTT PROCTOR SCORED MANNY RAMIREZ AND J.D. DREW.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5, BOSTON 7
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.277, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

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    AT BOSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: S Proctor relieved A Pettitte.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    BOSTON 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M Ramirez (.200, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Apr 22 10:31 PM


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    AT BOSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: SCOTT PROCTOR (0-0, 2.45) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5, BOSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M RAMIREZ (.200, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

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    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - ANDY PETTITTE
    BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M RAMIREZ (.200, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)
    J DREW (.352, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)
    M LOWELL (.295, 1-FOR-3,

    Apr 22 10:30 PM
  • mark huh? pettitte in relief? i can't keep up with this team.

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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    MELKY CABRERA HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING ROBINSON CANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    BOSTON 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: W NIEVES (.000, 0-FOR-2)

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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DEREK JETER (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF DAISUKE MATSUZAKA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4, BOSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.318, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 22 9:49 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DEREK JETER (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF DAISUKE MATSUZAKA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4, BOSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.318, 0-FOR-1, BB)

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    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - COLTER BEAN
    BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.319, 0-FOR-1, HBP)
    B ABREU (.318, 0-FOR-1, BB)
    A RODRIGUEZ (.373, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Apr 22 9:46 PM
  • chairmanlau i think there are few people who have better body language after hitting a HR than manny. he just looks so unimpressed, as if he's thinking, "sigh. i hit another home run. i guess i better start jogging the bases. i wish i could pay someone to do it for me."

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 9:45 PM
  • bones haha, the catcher's "what the hell" gesture after hr #3 was excellent

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  • bones and cerrano breaks up the streak

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 9:22 PM
  • chairmanlau seriously. this pitcher is getting lit up.

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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON VARITEK (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF CHASE WRIGHT.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, BOSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: W PENA (.182, 0-FOR-0, BB)

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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE LOWELL (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF CHASE WRIGHT.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, BOSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.261, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 9:17 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY J.D. DREW (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF CHASE WRIGHT.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, BOSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.288, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 9:15 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MANNY RAMIREZ (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF CHASE WRIGHT.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, BOSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J DREW (.340, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 9:14 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON GIAMBI SCORED JOHNNY DAMON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GIAMBI ON FIRST, D JETER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    BOSTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.292, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. Red SoxApr 22 9:05 PM


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    BOSTON 0 0 0 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CHASE WRIGHT
    BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.293, 1 HR, 10 RBI)
    J VARITEK (.267, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
    W PENA (.182, 1 HR, 1 RBI

    Apr 22 8:43 PM
  • bones if wright keeps leaving pitches in the zone, there's no way he survives the 2nd time through the order

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    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CHASE WRIGHT
    BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J LUGO (.276, 0 HR, 5 RBI)
    K YOUKILIS (.259, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    D ORTIZ (.300, 6 HR, 17

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