8:00 PM ET, August 3, 2014
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON -- Brett Gardner has never considered himself a home run hitter. If he can save himself a few sprints on the basepaths, that's enough for him.
Gardner had three hits Sunday night, including a tiebreaking drive in the sixth for his 15th homer, which sent the New York Yankees to an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The speedy left fielder has five homers in six games; he had eight all of the past year, which was his previous career high.
"That's not my game," said Gardner, who has more triples (39) than home runs (38) for his career. "It's nice not having to run, beat out an infield hit or a hustle double, or triple for a change."
Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew had a pair of hits and drove in four runs in his third game with the Yankees since he was sent there at the trade deadline. Esmil Rogers (1-0), who was also picked up the past week in a trade, earned the victory in his Yankees debut by throwing three hitless innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.
"Two guys we just brought in a few days ago," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's what we need: contributions from everyone."
David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
Yankees starter David Phelps lasted just two innings and allowed five runs and six hits with two walks. He departed with right elbow inflammation and will be evaluated later this week in New York.
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Buchholz allowed seven runs in five innings. He is the only starter remaining from the opening-day rotation, after the defending World Champions traded Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront to start retooling for the 2015 season.
"It's been a frustrating year for everyone in here," Buchholz said. "We don't want to go out there and wear a Red Sox uniform and perform the way I am. I need to pick it up during the season."
The Red Sox led 3-0 after one inning, 5-3 after two and 7-4 after four. But the Yankees tied it in the fifth on Chase Headley's RBI double and Drew's two-run single.
"We tried to get Clay through that fifth inning, and unfortunately it doesn't happen," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The walks once again. The walks have been a part in the runs we've allowed, and that was the case again tonight."
THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Red Sox: Newly acquired first baseman Allen Craig missed his second straight game with foot soreness. Farrell says he hopes to have Craig in the lineup when the Red Sox are in St. Louis to face his former team this week. Outfielder Shane Victorino flew to Los Angeles on Sunday to see an orthopedic surgeon about his back.
Yankees: Right-hander Michael Pineda, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury, will make a rehab start on Friday. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow ligament) will see doctors as scheduled on Monday, three weeks after he received an injection as an alternative to surgery.
When Rogers appeared in relief in the fifth inning, he became the 29th pitcher used by the Yankees this season -- a franchise record.
ATOP THE MONSTER
ESPN set up its broadcast crew in the Monster Seats above Fenway Park's left-field wall.
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 3: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the New York Yankees chats with Derek Jeter #2 of the New York...(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 12-7 (as of Sun 8/3)|
|Thu 4/10||@NYY 4, BOS 1||Recap|
|Fri 4/11||BOS 4, @NYY 2||Recap|
|Sat 4/12||@NYY 7, BOS 4||Recap|
|Sun 4/13||@NYY 3, BOS 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/22||NYY 9, @BOS 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/23||@BOS 5, NYY 1||Recap|
|Thu 4/24||NYY 14, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Fri 6/27||@NYY 6, BOS 0||Recap|
|Sat 6/28||BOS 2, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sun 6/29||BOS 8, @NYY 5||Recap|
|Fri 8/1||@BOS 4, NYY 3||Recap|
|Sat 8/2||NYY 6, @BOS 4||Recap|
|» Sun 8/3||NYY 8, @BOS 7||Box Score|
|Tue 9/2||BOS 9, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/3||@NYY 5, BOS 1||Recap|
|Thu 9/4||@NYY 5, BOS 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/26||NYY 3, @BOS 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/27||@BOS 10, NYY 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/28||NYY 9, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Red Sox|
|1st||D Ortiz hit sacrifice fly to center, B Holt scored.||0||1|
|1st||D Nava singled to right, D Pedroia and Y Cespedes scored, M Napoli to second.||0||3|
|2nd||S Drew grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, M Teixeira scored, B McCann out at second, C Beltran to third.||1||3|
|2nd||B Gardner doubled to deep right, C Beltran and S Drew scored, M Prado to third.||3||3|
|2nd||D Pedroia homered to left (379 feet), B Holt scored.||3||5|
|4th||S Drew doubled to deep right, B McCann scored.||4||5|
|4th||D Ortiz homered to center (424 feet), D Pedroia scored.||4||7|
|5th||C Headley doubled to left, C Beltran scored, B McCann to third.||5||7|
|5th||S Drew singled to right, B McCann and C Headley scored.||7||7|
|6th||B Gardner homered to right center (420 feet).||8||7|
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|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||38,035 (102.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||67 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Adam Hamari, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ted Barrett|
Dustin Pedroia: 5th straight multi-hit game ties his career longest streak (7th time he's done so) It's the longest streak by a Red Sox hitter this season.
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