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A-Rod struggles as Yanks fall to Boston again

Postby WebHamster » Sat Apr 17, 2004 6:00 pm

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Curt Schilling pitched a gem, allowing just one run over 6 1/3 innings of work and Manny Ramirez belted his 350th career home run, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 5-2 triumph over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Schilling, scattered six hits, while striking out eight for Boston, which has won two straight to start this four-game epic set. Schilling gave up a home run to Tony Clark in the fourth.

Schilling (2-0) threw 120 pitches on the day, walking four before giving away to Mike Timlin in the seventh inning. Keith Foulke gave up a run in the ninth, but settled down and induced Bernie Williams to ground out to end the game, notching his third save of the season.

Johnny Damon had two hits and two RBI and Jason Varitek and Ramirez each added two hits in the triumph.

Mike Mussina (1-3) in his first start since recording his 200th career win got knocked around early. Mussina gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings. The big blow came in the fifth with Boston leading 3-1 Ramirez took Mussina deep to propel Boston to a 4-1 lead.

Hideki Matsui stroked two hits for New York, which has dropped two straight to the rival Red Sox.

Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, the heart of the New York lineup, combined to go 0- for-10 with three strikeouts.

Derek Jeter struggled on the day as well, finishing 1-for-5 with three strikeouts in the setback.

The Red Sox cracked the scoreboard in the second inning on a two-out bases loaded walk by Mussina followed by a hit batter for the early 2-0 lead. Damon checked his swing on a 3-2 pitch and it looked as though he went all the way around. However, the third base umpire signaled that Damon held up, plating Gabe Kapler, who earlier singled in the frame. The ensuing batter Bill Mueller was then plunked on the elbow, scoring Mark Bellhorn for a 2-0. Mussina induced David Ortiz to ground out to end the inning, preventing further damage.

Boston added another run in the third by an RBI by Kapler. Kevin Millar reached first base after Jeter booted a routine groundball, Varitek followed with a bunt single and Bellhorn singled, moving the runners over. Kapler then plated Miller on a fielder's choice groundout, staking the Red Sox to a 3-0 lead.

New York got a run back on a solo home run by Clark in the fourth. Clark led off the frame by smacking Schillings's first offering to straight away center to make it 3-1.

Manny Ramirez's fifth inning blast to dead center cleared the beaches, giving the Red Sox a 4-1 cushion.

Boston continued to hit the baseball and the Red Sox added one more run in the eighth on Damon's RBI double to make it a 5-1 contest. Damon drove Donovan Osborne's first pitch to deep left, scoring Pokey Reese, who earlier reached base on a fielder's choice.

The Yankees got a run back in the ninth on Jeter's only hit of the contest, an RBI single that scored Ruben Sierra to complete the scoring.

Boston outhit the Yanks 10-8.
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