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Yankees 3, Red Sox 4: Beltran and Jeter homers aren't enough


Jim Rogash

The Yankees had a couple new faces make appearances in their first game following the trade deadline tonight at Fenway Park, but it wasn't enough for them to dig out of the hole embedded* Red Sox player Chris Capuano created for them by giving up four runs in 6.1 innings of work. New York got two home runs off the bats of Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter (yes, really) to pull the Yankees back to within striking distance, but the deficit proved too much to overcome against Boston closer Koji Uehara.

Capuano wasn't missing many bats on the mound tonight, giving up eight hits before giving way to Shawn Kelley out of the bullpen. Kelley failed to strand Capuano's runner, allowing the fourth and final Boston run to cross home plate. The Yankees managed to get within one run twice, but that's as close as they would get after Dustin Pedroia doubled to score Brock Holt and David Ortiz drove in Pedroia with an RBI single to put the Red Sox on the board.

Aside from the two big blows by Beltran and Jeter, the Yankees got their other run when Beltran plated Jacoby Ellsbury with an RBI single. Ellsbury walked and stole second, where he was originally called out by the umpire. Replay was able to overturn the call. Brett Gardner walked twice and stole a base, which is a feat he hasn't accomplished very much this season. Luckily, he's been making up for it with home runs. Ichiro Suzuki singled and Mark Teixeira notched a double down the left field line. Martin Prado and Stephen Drew made their Yankees debuts, but both went hitless. Chase Headley made a couple dazzling plays at third base, but was unable to get anything going offensively.

The Yankees' bullpen, Kelley allowing an important inherited runner to score aside, kept the Red Sox hitless after Capuano departed the game. Only Warren allowed a batter to reach via a walk. Still, that inherited runner would prove to be the difference in the game.

Tomorrow's game will feature Shane Greene opposing Allen Webster at 4:05 pm. It might be cool if the Yankees actually won that one.

*Not saying this is a factual statement, but not saying it isn't factual.