Pedro Ciriaco had four hits, including the go-ahead three-run double in the sixth, and drove in four as the Red Sox rallied from another first-inning hole to beat the Yankees, 9-5, and salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader at Fenway on Saturday. Ciriaco, who was treated to adoring chants of "Pedro, Pedro, Pedro" in his final two at-bats, also had a pair of spectacular plays in the field at shortstop as part of the win.
Another role player, Mauro Gomez, also had three hits, including two doubles, as the Red Sox won their first game of the year against the Yankees in five tries. Gomez and Ciriaco were pressed into duty with injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks.
The game didn't start that well as Felix Doubront gave up a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the first inning, giving the Yankees 12 first-inning runs in the first three games of the series. But Doubront quickly settled down. After a double to Russell Martin in the second, he retired 12 of the next 14 batters, including nine straight at one point.
The Red Sox chipped away with single runs in the third and fifth before finally knocking out starter and loser Phil Hughes (9-7) in the sixth. The Red Sox loaded the bases thanks to one of three hits on the night from Adrian Gonzalez and a key error from Derek Jeter. Ciriaco drilled the first pitch from Hughes past a diving Laynce Nix at third for a three-run double. It was the last pitch Hughes threw on the night.
Doubront did give up another long homer to Andruw Jones in the seventh to help the Yankees cut the Red Sox lead down to 5-4. But he pitched well enough to improve to 9-4, allowing four hits and four runs - three earned - over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one as the Red Sox crawled out of the 3-0 hole to move back over .500 at 43-42 on the season.
The Yankees had one more serious threat in the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out against Clayton Mortensen. But Vicente Padilla came on to get Jones and pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez on consecutive foul pops to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning. Eric Chavez homered to right with none on in the ninth off Alfredo Aceves to account for New York's final run.
The Red Sox dropped the first game of the day, 6-1, as the Yankees blasted four homers off Franklin Morales. The Red Sox finish their four-game series with the Yankees on Sunday night in the final game before the All-Star break, as Jon Lester opposes New York's Ivan Nova.
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