Monday, April 13, 2015

Recap: Yankees 14, Red Sox 4

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered just three earned runs in five innings and the Yankees scored seven times in the bottom of the first alone Sunday as they beat the Red Sox, 14-4, in a quickly-decided affair at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka Rusty But Solid: Tanaka cruised through this one's first three frames, retiring nine of 11 hitters before suddenly allowing three runs in the fourth. In all, he gave up four hits and four total runs on the night -- walking three and striking out four in his first win of the year. 

Offense Comes to Life: The Yankees' bats got off to a fast start against Clay Buchholz in the first, scoring seven early runs off the Boston right-hander to take a seemingly-insurmountable advantage. A three-run double from Alex Rodriguez and a two-run home run from Chase Headley highlighted the onslaught, with a solo shot from Stephen Drew and an RBI forceout from Carlos Beltran also contributing notably.

Offense Keeps Pooring it On: The Yankees then put up three spots in the fourth and sixth to pull even further ahead -- a Brett Gardner two-run single and a Mark Teixeira sac fly helping them reach double-digits in the fourth. Now for all intents and purposes, the game was over there -- though A-Rod, Headley and Drew still plated runs later on for insurance.

Bullpen Rebounds from Rough Saturday: Following Tanaka's removal, the Yankees got four combined scoreless innings of relief from David Carpenter and Kyle Davies -- Carpenter recording the first five outs and Davies the final seven. Davies also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth with a double play from Xander Bogaerts, a sharp one-hopper to Drew that set up an easy 4-3 putout at first.

McCann Goes Deep: Leading off the eighth with the Yankees still up 13-4, Brian McCann laced a solo homer to right off the struggling Edward Mujica -- a low line-drive that originally bounced on top of the wall. It was McCann's first long ball of the season, but perhaps more importantly the 200th of his career.

Next Up: Michael Pineda will look to keep the Yankees' newfound momentum going Monday when the team heads to Baltimore for a 7:05 p.m. ET meeting with the Orioles -- the Yankees' first road contest of 2015. Pineda will be hoping to build off a nice first start against the Blue Jays when he battles it out with the O's Wei-Yin Chen -- a lefty who lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his previous outing on Tuesday.

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