New York Yankees extended their AL East lead over the Boston Red Sox to 11 1/2 games with a 10-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
Ichiro Suzuki got serenaded in right field by the Bleacher Creatures in his first roll call to the tune of ICH-I-RO, ICH-I-RO. Welcome to New York. Suzuki tipped his cap to the fans and got his first taste of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry going 1-4 with two runs scored.
Boston took the early 1-0 lead in the top of first on a Dustin Pedroia home run. New York came right back in the bottom of the inning scoring three runs capped by a two run home run by Raul Ibanez.
Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and gave up three runs all solo shots to Pedroia, Carl Crawford in the third and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth. Except for the jacks Hughes pitched well throwing 110 pitches over seven innings allowing the three runs on five hits giving up only one walk and striking out five. Hughes retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced and seemed to get better as the game went on.
Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Derek Jeter making the score 4-2. After Boston closed the gap to 4-3, Russell Martin hit a two run shot in the fourth extending the lead to 6-3.
Curtis Granderson hit his 28 home run of the season off of former Yankee Mark Melancon, a grand slam in the eighth to put the game out of reach at 10-3.
Aaron Cook started for Boston and only went four innings giving up six runs on seven hits.
David Roberston and Cody Eppley pitched the final two innings combining for no runs on three hits two strikeouts and no walks.
Tomorrow's game will be televised nationally on Fox at 4 p.m. with two lefties taking the mound, CC Sabathia going for the Yankees against the Red Sox Jon Lester.
Granderson went 3-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
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