Hughes Blanks Red Sox; Yankees Still Hold A Share Of First In East
The Yankees’ offense could only muster a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, but it was all Phil Hughes as he shutout the Boston Red Sox over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-0 victory which keeps New York in a first place tie in the AL East.
Needing to win following Baltimore’s walk-off, 14-inning win earlier in the day, Hughes (15-12) yielded just five hits while striking out seven and walking one.
The Yankees, meanwhile, had only five hits in the game – four hits and two runs off Sox starter Felix Doubront, who walked five and struck out five.
Andruw Jones’ fourth-inning sac-fly with the bases loaded drove in Alex Rodriguez, after A-Rod single and Robinson Cano and Russell Martin followed with walks.
Derek Jeter added an insurance run in the seventh with a RBI single.
Rafael Soriano worked around a hit in the ninth to earn his 38th save.
The Rays travel to New York for three at Yankee Stadium, coming of a three-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles.