Red Sox Survive in Wild 8-5 Win

Matsuzaka walks 6 in five innings, but bullpen does job late
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 1:10 AM CDT
Boston Red Sox teammates from left, Kevin Youkilis, Julio Lugo, Dustin Pedroia and Sean Casey laugh during the ninth inning of their baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston...   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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(Newser) – A wild Daisuke Matsuzaka labored through five innings before the Boston Red Sox's overworked bullpen bailed him out for a sloppy 8-5 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night. Matsuzaka improved to 3-0 after lasting just long enough to get the win as he issued six walks—at least one in each inning. But Yankees starter Phil Hughes (0-2) was even worse, lasting a career-low two innings and allowing a career-high seven runs.

New York did have some high points: Johnny Damon's steal after leading off the game with a walk was the Yankees' first of the season, ending a 12-game drought. It was their longest at the start of a season since 1948 when a 16-game streak ended with a double steal by Phil Rizzuto and Tommy Henrich. And Jason Giambi's homer in the eighth was his second of the season and the series, both off Mike Timlin.