Red Sox Resurrection: Big Papi Pounds Yanks

Beckett holds Yanks to one infield hit in six innings

The last time the Red Sox beat New York six straight times to start the season, the Yankees were known as the Highlanders and it was the bandbox in Boston that was brand new.

Josh Beckett allowed only an infield hit in six innings, and David Ortiz hit his third homer of the year as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-0 on Tuesday night and improved to 6-0 against New York for the first time since 1912.
“They've taken it to us so far this year,” said Yankees -- and former Red Sox -- outfielder Johnny Damon. “But we have 13 more, and hopefully we'll beat them sometime soon.”

The Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders in 14 straight to start the 1912 season, including the first-ever game in Fenway Park. Fenway is now the oldest ballpark in the major leagues; the original Yankee Stadium, which was replaced this season by a $1.5 billion replica, hadn't even been built yet.
“You don't want to be 0-6 against your rival,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But we are still tied for first place.”

Beckett (7-2) noted that Alex Rodriguez was recovering from hip surgery for the first five losses, “so we'll start counting after that.”
Beckett struck out eight and walked two before leaving with a 6-0 lead after six innings. The only hit he allowed was Robinson Cano's fourth-inning infield single.
Brett Gardner had the Yankees' only other hit, off Manny Delcarmen in the eighth.

“Kind of hard to win with only two hits,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “Beckett pitched great. It's always tough, every time we face him. He was hitting his spots and we didn't get too many good swings.”
A.J. Burnett (4-3) allowed three earned runs on five walks and five hits before leaving with two outs in the third and taking out his frustrations on a dugout watercooler. He gave up Ortiz's two-run shot to straightaway center field in Boston's four-run second.
Burnett walked Mike Lowell to start the inning, then Ortiz hit a 2-2 pitch over the high center field wall about 400 feet from home plate. Responding to the fans' “Papi!” chants, he came out for a curtain call.
It was the second homer in three games for the struggling slugger, who hit 54 in 2006 but has been moved from third to sixth in the Red Sox order as he tries to pull his batting average above .200.

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