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Kuroda, Yankees turn back Red Sox
New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda tags out Boston Red Sox baserunner Mike Carp (37) at home plate during the fifth inning of Saturday's game at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Mike Carp had three hits and David Ortiz added two for the Red Sox, who lost for the third time in their last eight games.
In dire need of strong starting pitching because of a depleted lineup, these are far from the same Bronx Bombers that New Yorkers have grown accustomed to rooting for.
New York led, 1-0, after Gardner's RBI single in the fifth inning, and then got timely hits from more than half of its unheralded lineup in the seventh.
Nunez doubled and scored on Luis Cruz's single, Robinson Cano extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single off reliever Matt Thornton and Overbay made it 4-0 with an RBI single to left.
Following a scoreless eighth by David Robertson, Cano tacked on an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Lackey (7-7) allowed four runs on 10 hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts, snapping his streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts.
Carp later tried to score on a pitch that escaped Chris Stewart, but Stewart chased the ball down before firing to Kuroda, who laid is glove in front of the plate in time to catch Carp.NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 21 minutes because of the threat of thunderstorms. ... Boston SS Stephen Drew was activated from the disabled list before the game. Drew missed 16 games because of a right hamstring strain. Infielder Brock Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... The Red Sox are the only AL team and one of two major league clubs (Atlanta is the other) whose record has been above .500 all season. ... New York recalled outfielders Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game. It is Mesa's first stint with the Yankees this season, and Neal's second after joining the club from June 14-23. ... Boston manager John Farrell moved LHP Jon Lester's scheduled start back from Sunday to Tuesday in order to give one of his aces extra rest following the All-Star break.