Yanks Use HR to Beat Bosox, 3-1

first_imgBOSTON — The New York Yankees capitalized on the few hits they got in between strikeouts.Brett Gardner homered and Stephen Drew hit a two-run double as the Yankees pieced together just enough offense to overcome Rick Porcello’s career-high 13 strikeouts and beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sept. 1.The Yankees had only five hits and struck out 15 times, but New York hit in key moments and Boston batters failed to give Porcello much help.“The gratifying thing at this time of year is wins, no matter how you do it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “If you get a break or however it happens, that’s the gratifying thing.”The Yankees helped themselves defensively, getting a strong start from Michael Pineda and catching the Red Sox in a double-steal attempt to quickly fizzle a promising rally in the eighth.Pineda (10-8) allowed one run and four hits and struck out seven and Andrew Miller picked up his 29th save with three strikeouts in the ninth.Porcello (6-12) scattered five hits over eight innings and the only earned run he allowed was Gardner’s solo homer in the eighth. He topped his previous high for strikeouts by two, but the Red Sox gave him little support at the plate.“You go out there and you want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think anybody would tell you that,” Porcello said. “It’s a nice night for me personally but as far as the team goes we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to.”Down 3-1 after Gardner’s homer to right, the Red Sox had a chance to regain the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Mookie Betts led off with a single and Xander Bogaerts singled with one out, giving Boston runners at first and second for slugger David Ortiz.Ortiz struck out in his first three at-bats and the Red Sox sent both runners. The gamble failed as Betts was called out when he slid into third and briefly lost contact with the base.“At that point we figured it was a good risk,” interim manager Torey Luvollo said.Betts thought he was safe and told third-base umpire Vic Carapazza that if his foot came off, it was only because third baseman Chase Headley pushed him. The Red Sox challenged the call, which was confirmed after a video review.“I felt like I was safe the whole time,” Betts said. “It caught me a lot by surprise because I didn’t think my foot came off.”The Red Sox lost on the gamble, the review and again when Ortiz struck out for the fourth time and ended the inning.Boston’s only run came in the third, when Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and scored on Pablo Sandoval’s single to right.(DOUG ALDEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more