The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Sunday, taking three of four games in their final series before the All-Star break. Ivan Nova got the win for New York after striking out 10 in six innings of work.
Nova, who is now 10-3 this season, allowed just six hits, two runs (one earned), and two walks to lead the Yankees to victory and end the first half of the season on a good note. His total of 10 strikeouts is his second most in a start this year, just behind his season-high of 12 back on May 19.
The top of New York's lineup got to work early once again on Sunday, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double, then Nick Swisher picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice. In the four game series at Fenway Park, the Yankees totaled 14 first inning runs.
The Red Sox answered back with one run in the bottom of the first, but the Yankees came back in the second to score once again as Chris Stewart hit an RBI sacrifice fly.
With a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, the Yankees picked up two big insurance runs as Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI triple to score Teixeira, then A-Rod scored on an RBI single off the bat of Andruw Jones.
Jones came through again in the seventh inning with a two run home run to left field, scoring Swisher. The red-hot Jones has now hit four home runs in two days and has 11 this season.
Cody Eppley came in to pitch following Nova, but struggled in the seventh inning as he walked two batters while only retiring one. He was then relieved by Clay Rapada, who struck out the only batter he faced, then was replaced by David Robertson. Robertson got the final out of the seventh inning, then also pitched the eighth, but not before giving up a hit, two walks, and a run.
Closer Rafael Soriano finished the game on the mound for the Yankees, walking two batters and striking out the side in the ninth inning.
The Yankees will now have the week off for the All-Star break. The team's next game will be against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, July 13.
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