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.