Sabino grad J.J. Hardy helps Brewers run streak vs. Pirates to 17
NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox are 5-0 against the New York Yankees for the first time in 24 years, doing a lot better at the new Yankee Stadium than the home team.
Jason Bay hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning against Joba Chamberlain, and the Red Sox beat New York 7-3 on Tuesday night for a rainy two-game sweep in the first trip to their rival’s $1.5 billion ballpark.
“I think Jason Bay is the only guy that thought it was a nice night out there,” Red Sox manager and ex-Arizona Wildcat Terry Francona said.
Weather was suited more for winter sports than baseball for the second straight night, with a cold rain falling throughout the late innings that made the mound slippery.
“I’d much rather take this,” said Bay, who was born in Trail, British Columbia, “than 95 and humidity, as weird as that may sound. This is a nice spring/summer day sometimes where I’m from, so, you know, I enjoy this.”
Bay, 10 for 18 (.556) with three homers and 10 RBIs against the Yankees this season, homered into the left-field seats. Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer to right in the third for New York.
There have been 38 homers at Yankee Stadium, two shy of the record for the first 11 games at a big league park, set at Houston’s Enron Field in 2000.
Boston has outscored the Yankees 38-23. In 1923, the Red Sox lost their first five games at the original Yankee Stadium.
Other AL games
Tigers 9, Twins 0: At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Clete Thomas had three hits in his season debut and rookie Rick Porcello threw seven scoreless innings for Detroit.
Blue Jays 10, Indians 6: At Toronto, Adam Lind hit a three-run homer and Scott Rolen added a solo shot in Toronto’s seven-run seventh inning.
Rays 6, Orioles 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Matt Garza pitched eight strong innings and Evan Longoria drove in three runs for Tampa Bay.
Rangers 7, Mariners 2, 10 innings: At Seattle, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam that capped a six-run burst with two outs in the 10th .
Angels 5, Athletics 3: At Oakland, Calif., Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs, Shane Loux provided another solid start by Anaheim’s patchwork rotation.
Royals 8, White Sox 7, 11 innings: At Kansas City, Mo., John Buck lined a game-winning single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning.
NL: Brewers run streak to 17 over Pirates
PITTSBURGH – Sabino High grad J.J. Hardy drove in four runs on three hits and Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 8-5 for its 17th consecutive victory over the Pirates, the majors’ longest winning streak by one team against another in nearly 40 years.
The Brewers’ domination of the Pirates is the longest since Baltimore won 23 consecutive games against Kansas City during the 1969-1970.
Reds 7, Marlins 0: At Miami, Brandon Phillips tied a career high with six RBIs and Edinson Volquez allowed three hits in eight innings for Cincinnati.
Mets 4, Braves 3: At Atlanta, Livan Hernandez earned his fourth win in 25 career starts against Atlanta.
Phillies 10, Cardinals 7: At St. Louis, Shane Victorino was 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs and Jayson Werth had a three-run shot and four RBIs for Philadelphia.
Giants 6, Cubs 2: At Chicago, Tim Lincecum allowed four hits over seven innings and Bengie Molina hit a three-run homer for San Francisco.
Nationals 10, Astros 10, 11 innings, susp.: At Washington, the game was suspended by rain with the score tied at 10 in the bottom of the 11th. It will be resumed July 9 in Houston.
Padres 2, Rockies 1: At San Diego, Brian Giles doubled in the winning run in the 10th inning and the Padres snapped a six-game losing streak.