Boston massacre

August 19th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Boston massacre
Yankees pound Red Sox for third straight game

BOSTON (AP) -- Johnny Damon again punished his former team, hitting three doubles and sparking a five-run, tie-breaking rally in the sixth to help the New York Yankees beat Boston 13-5 on Saturday and extend their lead in the AL East to a season-high 4 1/2 games.
The Yankees scored at least 12 runs in winning each of the first three of the five-game series, evoking memories of the 1978 "Boston Massacre" -- a four-game September sweep that erased the rest of what had been a 14-game deficit in the AL East. The Yankees won the division that year on Bucky Dent's popup homer in a one-game tiebreaker.
Randy Johnson (14-9) took a no-hitter into the fourth before allowing all four of his hits during a temporary lapse of control that preceded Manny Ramirez's three-run homer. But the 6-foot-10 left-hander settled down and lasted seven innings, allowing five runs on six walks and a hit batter, to rescue a New York bullpen that slogged through nearly nine hours of baseball on Friday.
Boston wasn't so lucky. Josh Beckett (13-8) walked a career-high nine batters, allowing nine runs on seven hits and striking out two to remain winless in his last five starts.
Beckett gave up his major league-leading 32nd homer, to Bernie Williams in the second. It was 5-5 in the sixth when Damon doubled, then Beckett walked Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez to give the Yankees the lead.
Manny Delcarmen came on and walked Robinson Cano on four pitches before Posada tripled off the base of the centerfield wall to make it 10-5. Cano added a three-run homer in the eighth off Jermaine Van Buren, who was called up as a reinforcement after nine Red Sox pitchers threw 432 pitches on Friday.
Damon, who helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series before switching sides in the rivalry this winter, went 6-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs in the doubleheader.
Johnson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning two starts ago. He pitched a perfect game at age 40 for the Diamondbacks against the Braves on May 18, 2004 and also threw a no-hitter for the Mariners in 1990 against Detroit.

Notes: Third-base umpire Jim Wolf was replaced for the bottom of the third inning by Jim Hoye because of a previous injury that worsened during the game. ... Ramirez was intentionally walked in the fifth -- the third time in three games the Yankees have put him on intentionally. ... Yankees RHP Carl Pavano will make a rehab start in Double-A Trenton on Sunday. ... The last Red Sox pitcher to walk as many as nine batters in a game was Roger Moret, who walked nine in a complete game victory over the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 22, 1975. ... Sal Fasano made his first major league pinch-running appearance, relieving Posada in the eighth.

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