Bullpen Keys Yanks Win Over Red Sox

A-Rod passes Williams, McCovey on all-time home run list
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 11:36 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez connects for a ground-rule double as Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and home plate umpire Tim McClelland watch.    (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – The Yankees’ bullpen was able to shut down the potent Red Sox offense over the last four innings of a back-and-forth slugfest as New York beat Boston 15-9. LaTroy Hawkins earned his first victory in pinstripes after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Chien-Ming Wang, who didn’t record an out in the fourth inning, reports the New York Times.

With the score knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees’ knocked out Boston starter Clay Buchholz, taking a 7-3 advantage before the inning was over. The Red Sox struck back by scoring six runs in the top of the fifth, but their 9-7 lead was wiped away as New York scored four of their own in the inning’s bottom half.