boston — First Josh Beckett couldn’t get an out.
Then he couldn’t catch a break.
The Red Sox right-hander allowed the first five batters he faced to score, and was booed on his way to the dugout after the top of the first. Then, after Boston rallied to tie the game and take a 7-6 lead, the bullpen coughed up the lead and cost Beckett a win.
“In the first inning, the strike zone was very hard for him to find,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “I’ve never seen him like that.”
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Mark Teixeira hit a two-run single in the Yankees’ five-run first inning and a two-run triple in the seventh to give them the lead for good on Friday night as New York beat Boston, 10-8.
Alex Rodriguez had three hits, and Curtis Granderson scored three times for the Yankees, who improved to 3-0 against Boston this year.
David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits apiece for Boston, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to rally the Red Sox. It was 5-all when the inning ended.
“They got five in the first; we had their closer in at the end of the game,” Valentine said. “We did a good job, but it put us climbing uphill the whole game.”
Rafael Soriano got four outs for his 20th save – his first save of more than one inning since 2007.
It was the first game between the two rivals since the Yankees rallied from a 9-0 deficit with seven runs in the seventh and seven more in the eighth to win 15-9 on April 21 at Fenway Park.
This time, neither team could hold a lead.
The Yankees had a 6-5 lead in the second, and Boston led 7-6 after five. But New York scored four times in the seventh inning, taking an 8-7 lead on Teixeira’s triple. Former Mariner Raul Ibañez doubled in Teixeira and scored on Eric Chavez’s single to make it 10-7.