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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Red Sox-Yankees Split Day/Night Double Header

BOSTON, MA - JULY 7: Pedro Ciriaco #77 of the ...
BOSTON, MA - JULY 7: Pedro Ciriaco #77 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with Daniel Nava #66 of the Boston Red Sox after scoring a run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees during the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park July 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
After dropping the first two to the Yankees, Boston was able to salvage the night game of a double header on Saturday, beating New York 9-5 on the strength of Pedro Ciriaco's 4-5, 4 RBI night in his second game with the Red Sox.

The Yankees scored 11 runs total on the day, all coming via the long-ball, with Andruw Jones accounting for three of them, all solo shots. New York hit seven homers off Red Sox pitching on the day.

Four of those came off lefty Franklin Morales who had been stellar in his previous starts against the National League, but was unable to get out of the fourth inning in the afternoon game of the double header. He gave up 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, with 2 K in just 3 1/3 IP against the homer-happy Yankees.

After Morales was removed, newly added Justin Germano came in and pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief, allowing 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB with 7 K to finish up the game and save the Red Sox from a complete disaster in game two. You could realistically say he won the second game for the Sox by saving the bullpen.

In game two, the Yankees again jumped out to a lead in the first inning with Mark Teixeira hitting a three-run shot off Felix Doubront, but the lefty was able to settle in and give the Red Sox an opportunity to score some runs. He went 6 1/3 IP, allowing 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB with 6 K.

Pedro Ciriaco, playing in his second game with the Sox, drove in four of the Sox' nine runs with two doubles and a single, one of the doubles coming in the sixth with the bases juiced.

Adrian Gonzalez picked up three hits (two doubles) to raise his average on the season to .284. The homerun power is still non-existent, but he's showing signs of a turn around with the bat. If the Red Sox do anything this season, they need him to perform.

Nick Punto, Ryan Sweeney and Mauro Gomez each had an RBI as well to help lead the Red Sox to a 9-5 victory in game two. Gomez had three hits in the game (2 doubles), he has a .421 BA since joining the Sox.

The Red Sox will look to split the four game set tonight with Ivan Nova facing Jon Lester. Sad fact of the day? Nova's ERA is almost .30 points lower than Lester's at 4.05 compared to 4.33. If the Sox are to walk away with a win tonight, they need the Lester of old, end of story.

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