Yanks Beat Buchholz, Bosox 5-1

first_imgBOSTON — Alex Rodriguez has consistently played well this season after getting a day off. He’s had great success against Clay Buchholz, too.The night of July 10 proved to be the perfect combination.Rodriguez hit his 17th home run in the first inning, Michael Pineda had another impressive start and the New York Yankees took advantage of Buchholz’s early exit and Boston’s shoddy defense in a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox.“I think (Manager) Joe (Girardi) has been great,” Rodriguez said of his selected off days. “I felt good.”Rodriguez quickly got to Buchholz (7-7), who had won his previous four starts to spur Boston’s recent turnaround before he left with elbow pain with one out in the third. The Yankees scored three unearned runs after his departure thanks to infield errors by Mike Napoli and Brock Holt as Boston’s five-game winning streak was snapped.“There’s some tightness, some stiffness in the elbow area,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said of Buchholz, adding he would undergo an MRI.The tone was set when Rodriguez, back at DH after taking July 9 off, sent Buchholz’s 2-1 change-up onto the street over the Green Monster seats, and the Yankees were on to their third straight win and fifth in a row over their rivals.Rodriguez later singled off Buchholz before his injury. He’s 13-for-29 with three home runs in his career against the right-hander.“Sometimes numbers can be deceiving,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t say I feel all that well up there. He has a number of ways of getting you out and you don’t want to chase.” Rodriguez, who drew a bases-loaded walk in a three-run fourth to raise his average to .279.Pineda (9-5) gave up only Mookie Betts’ solo home run over 6 2-3 innings. He allowed seven hits, no walks and struck out six. Pineda has won both starts at Fenway Park since he was ejected and suspended 10 games for having pine tar on his neck early last season.Pineda left in the seventh with two outs and a runner on third, and Justin Wilson struck out Betts to end the threat. “I thought he may have had his best stuff of the year,” Rodriguez said.Buccholz walked off after throwing a cutter clocked at 84 mph to Stephen Drew. “He’s normally 88-89 (mph),” Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon said. “The last one was 85 and then he called me and he said he feels something in his elbow.”Robbie Ross Jr. replaced Buchholz with runners at second and third and one out, and the Red Sox quickly imploded. Napoli at first base and Holt at second committed errors, and Ross later walked in a run as New York took a 4-0 lead with three unearned runs.That quieted a Boston team that entered having won eight-of-10 to move within 5 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Yankees.Buchholz had been important in Boston’s strong play of late, having won four straight starts with an 0.87 ERA. But he’s lost both starts against the Yankees, who have won four straight at Fenway Park.(MIKE CRANSTON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more