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20 - 11 Final
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Matsui, A-Rod lead Yanks to 20-11 win over Red Sox

Aug 22, 2009 - 5:11 AM By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer

BOSTON(AP) -- The Yankees' best offensive game in more than two years began with another leadoff hit for Derek Jeter. It ended with four runs in the ninth inning.

Slugging from start to finish, New York beat the Boston Red Sox by a seemingly comfortable 20-11 margin on Friday night. But with the short Green Monster in left field and the Red Sox mounting comeback after comeback, the Yankees were relieved to take the opener of the three-game series.

"That was an uncomfortable 20 to whatever it was game," Jeter said, "because you get a couple of guys on base (and) you pepper that wall and it could be a whole new game."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn't taking anything for granted, even after Hideki Matsui homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, Alex Rodriguez went 4 for 4 and Jeter went 3 for 6, actually lowering his batting average over an 11-game stretch to .543 (25 for 46). New York also led 12-1 after 4 1/2 innings.

But Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell homered in Boston's four-run ninth.

"When we ended the ninth," Girardi said, "I felt pretty good."

New York's 20 runs and 23 hits were its most since it had 21 runs and 25 hits against Tampa Bay on July 22, 2007. The 20 runs also were the most allowed by the Red Sox since the Yankees scored 22 on June 19, 2000, at Fenway Park.

This year, the Red Sox had won the first eight games between the rivals before the Yankees swept a four-game series at home from Aug. 6-9. None of that mattered Friday night.

"If you're carrying games that happen in April and May around and, what are we, in August right now, you're not going to be a very good team," Jeter said.

The Yankees' latest offensive outburst extended their winning streak to three and gave them a 7 1/2-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

The 31 runs were the most scored in a game between the two franchises, surpassing the New York Highlanders' 15-14 win over the Boston Americans on July 29, 1903, in Boston.

"They've got a lot of really good hitters over there," Girardi said. "So you want to keep tacking on the runs."

It helped that the Yankees were facing Brad Penny (7-8), who allowed eight runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings and is 1-6 in his last 11 starts.

"They have a great team," Penny said. "One through nine, all can do damage. It's one of the better hitting teams you'll face in the league."

New York has been rolling against all opponents with a 15-3 record in its last 18 games. Boston began a 10-game homestand after winning its previous three games in Toronto.

That momentum didn't last.

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.

"It's plain and simple that we got our (butts) kicked pretty good," Lowell said.

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. He is batting .366 (15 for 41) with two homers and 10 RBIs against the Red Sox this season.

"We lost three games in a row twice here this season," Matsui said through a translator. "In that sense, it was very important for us to set the tone."

Rodriguez emerged from a 5-for-25 slump. Mark Teixeira and Melky Cabrera had three hits apiece and Teixeira drove in three runs. Jeter had his fourth three-hit performance in the last five games.

"He's probably as hot right now as I've ever seen him," Andy Pettitte said.

The Yankees led 12-1 before the Red Sox scored three in the bottom of the fifth off Pettitte (10-6).

Jeter doubled in the first, the fourth time in five games he led off a game with a hit. Teixeira walked, Rodriguez singled and Jorge Posada hit a two-run single.

There was one downside to the inning when Johnny Damon fouled a ball off his right knee, then struck out and left the game in the bottom half with a bruised knee. Girardi said he's day to day.

Eric Hinske, Damon's replacement in left field, doubled in a run in the second before a two-run double by Teixeira and an RBI single by Rodriguez.

Michael Bowden relieved Penny with two on in the fifth and Matsui hit his second pitch for his first homer. A run-scoring double by Robinson Cano and RBI singles by Cabrera and Teixeira made it 12-1.

The long inning may have affected Pettitte, who had allowed just one hit through four innings. In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled in two runs and Dustin Pedroia doubled in another. But the Yankees got those three runs right back in the sixth on Cabrera's run-scoring double and Jeter's two-run single.

NOTES: Ellsbury swiped a base to tie the Red Sox record of 54 steals set by Tommy Harper in 1973. ... The Yankees broke a seven-game losing streak at Fenway Park. ... New York activated LHP Damaso Marte from the 60-day disabled list and optioned 3B Ramiro Pena to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. ... The Red Sox activated Rocco Baldelli from the disabled list, called up Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket, optioned OF Brian Anderson to Pawtucket and designated RHP Fernando Cabrera for assignment. ... New York's Nick Swisher reached for the 29th straight game, the longest current streak in the majors.






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  • ** CONFIRMED **
    AL
    NY YANKEES 20
    BOSTON 11 FINAL

    Aug 21 11:12 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE LOWELL (15) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF SERGIO MITRE SCORED DAVID ORTIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 20, BOSTON 11
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: R BALDELLI (.265, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Yankees 20, Red Sox 11  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 21 11:06 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED NICK GREEN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D ORTIZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 20
    BOSTON 9 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.299, 2-FOR-4)

    Yankees 20, Red Sox 9  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 21 11:04 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON VARITEK (14) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF SERGIO MITRE.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 20, BOSTON 8
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: C KOTCHMAN (.207, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Yankees 20, Red Sox 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 21 11:00 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED ROBINSON CANO
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 20
    BOSTON 7 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.271, 3-FOR-5, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 20, Red Sox 7  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 21 10:54 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (21) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF RAMON RAMIREZ SCORED JERRY HAIRSTON JR. AND
    ERIC HINSKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 19, BOSTON 7
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.276, 2-FOR-4, BB, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 19, Red Sox 7  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 21 10:49 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 16
    BOSTON 7 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.277, 2-FOR-3, BB, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 16, Red Sox 7  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 21 10:09 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY ALEX GONZALEZ SCORED DAVID ORTIZ
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M LOWELL ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 15
    BOSTON 7 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J ELLSBURY (.301, 1-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 15, Red Sox 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 21 10:03 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ROCCO BALDELLI SCORED NICK GREEN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R BALDELLI ON FIRST, M LOWELL ON SECOND, D
    ORTIZ ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 15
    BOSTON 6 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A GONZALEZ (.238, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 15, Red Sox 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 21 9:58 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ORTIZ ON FIRST, N GREEN ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 15
    BOSTON 5 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.298, 1-FOR-2)

    Yankees 15, Red Sox 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 21 9:51 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED MELKY CABRERA AND NICK SWISHER
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 15
    BOSTON 4 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: E HINSKE (.250, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Yankees 15, Red Sox 4  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 21 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED JORGE POSADA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON SECOND, N SWISHER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 13
    BOSTON 4 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.333, 2-FOR-4)

    Yankees 13, Red Sox 4  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 21 9:40 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DUSTIN PEDROIA SCORED JACOBY ELLSBURY
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D PEDROIA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 12
    BOSTON 4 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: V MARTINEZ (.290, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Yankees 12, Red Sox 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 21 9:28 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACOBY ELLSBURY SCORED ROCCO BALDELLI AND MIKE
    LOWELL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J ELLSBURY ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 12
    BOSTON 3 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D PEDROIA (.296, 1-FOR-2)

    Yankees 12, Red Sox 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 21 9:25 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED DEREK JETER
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, E HINSKE ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 12
    BOSTON 1 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.261, 3-FOR-3, RBI)

    Yankees 12, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 21 9:11 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED ROBINSON CANO
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 11
    BOSTON 1 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.333, 2-FOR-3)

    Yankees 11, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 21 9:04 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED JORGE POSADA
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R CANO ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 10
    BOSTON 1 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: N SWISHER (.243, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 10, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 21 9:00 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (20) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 0 OUT IN THE 5TH OFF MICHAEL BOWDEN SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    AND MARK TEIXEIRA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 9, BOSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.274, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 9, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 21 8:55 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    BOSTON 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.264, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 6, Red Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 21 8:00 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED ERIC HINSKE AND DEREK JETER
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    BOSTON 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.256, 1-FOR-1)

    Yankees 5, Red Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 21 7:58 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ERIC HINSKE SCORED MELKY CABRERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E HINSKE ON SECOND, D JETER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    BOSTON 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M TEIXEIRA (.283, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Yankees 3, Red Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 21 7:55 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED JACOBY ELLSBURY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    BOSTON 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.306, 20 HR, 66 RBI)

    Yankees 2, Red Sox 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 21 7:43 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 2 2 3 0
    BOSTON 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - ANDY PETTITTE
    BOS - BRAD PENNY

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J ELLSBURY (.300, 6 HR, 41 RBI)
    D PEDROIA (.295, 10 HR, 52 RBI)
    V MARTINEZ (.290, 20 HR, 81 RBI)

    Yankees 2, Red Sox 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 21 7:28 PM