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Yanks go yard to bury Lackey, Boston

The Sports Xchange

April 12. 2014 7:15PM
Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts hits a broken bat single against the New York Yankees during the second inning of Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK - Catcher Brian McCann hit two of five home runs for the New York Yankees in a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at Yankee Stadium

Designated hitter Carlos Beltran, right fielder Alfonso Soriano and first baseman Kelly Johnson also hit home runs for the Yankees, who entered the game with seven home runs in their first 11 games, spanning 369 at-bats.

Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) allowed four runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings for his second straight victory and first win over the Red Sox in four career starts.

After allowing a two-run home run catcher A.J. Pierzynski with nobody out in the second, Kuroda, retired 15 of the next 19 hitters before exiting with two on in the seventh.

Pierzynski's first home run with the Red Sox came soon after Beltran hit his second, driving a 1-and-2 fastball into the right field seats after fouling off three straight cutters. Pierzynski countered by driving a first-pitch fastball into the right field seats.

The game stayed tied until the fourth, when McCann hit his first home run as a Yankee. McCann came into the game batting .162 and struck out in his first at-bat against Boston starter John Lackey (2-1), but he drove a first-pitch fastball into the second deck in right field for his first home run since last Sept. 13.

Soriano followed driving another fastball the opposite way to right field for his third home and second in as many games. It marked the first time the Yankees hit back-to-back home runs since Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano did it last June 6 in Seattle.McCann recorded his 10th career multi-home run game and first since last May 28 in Toronto when he drove a 2-and-1 cutter into the Yankee bullpen beyond the right-center field wall.

The Red Sox scored twice off left-hander Matt Thornton after Kuroda left in the seventh. Thornton struck out David Ortiz on a pitch that the designated hitter did not think was a strike. He then hit first baseman Mike Napoli and gave up a two-run single through a hole in between shortstop to left fielder Mike Carp.Right-hander Dellin Betances faced Xander Bogaerts but Carp ran on a 1-and-2 pitch and McCann threw him out trying to steal second. Adam Warren struck out two in the eighth and Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his second career save.

Lackey allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also allowed a career-high four home runs.

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