Recap - long balls sink Red Sox

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Yankees slammed 5 home runs off Red Sox pitching to beat Boston 7-4 at Yankee Stadium.

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New York got to losing pitcher John Lackey in the bottom of the first inning when Jacoby Ellsbury beat out a bunt for a 2-out base hit and Carlos Beltran followed with a home run to right center field. Boston tied the game in the top of the 2nd on a single by Xander Bogaerts and A.J. Pierzynski's 1st home run of the year.

Back-to-back home runs by Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the 4th inning gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead. McCann's 2nd 2-run blast into the bullpen in the bottom of the 6th pushed the lead to 6-2. Mike Carp got the Sox close with a 2-out, 2-run single in the top of the 7th.

Lackey allowed a career-high 4 home runs in 5.2 innings. In all, he gave up 10 hits and struck out 6; he didn't walk anyone.

Koji Uehara was unavailable for the game after manager John Farrell said he had experienced tightness during his Friday evening pre-game throwing ritual. As we reported earlier, Koji could see DL time.

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