A-Rod-less Yankees drop Red Sox

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NEW YORK - Ramiro Pena starred as a fill-in for the injured Alex Rodriguez, knocking in a pair of runs as the New York Yankees posted a 5-2 victory over rival Boston in the second of a four-game set from Yankee Stadium.

Pena took over at third base for Rodriguez, who was forced from the lineup after being struck in the left shin by a batting-practice line drive from Lance Berkman. X-rays taken following the incident were negative, but there is no timetable for his return.

“I have no idea, I didn’t see anything. I just got hit,” Rodriguez admitted. “It was the left ankle, inside part. Never been hit like that, plenty of times there were close calls. I never saw it. I got hit and started jumping around in pain. I went down for the count, and they all got a good laugh out of it.”

Curtis Granderson collected two hits, scored twice and drove in one for the Yankees, who had dropped four of five, including the series-opener on Friday, coming in.

CC Sabathia (14-5) turned in eight strong innings for the win, yielding six hits and a pair of runs with four strikeouts and one walk.

Mariano Rivera picked up the final three outs for his 23rd save for New York, which moved a game and a half over Tampa Bay in the AL East after the Rays were pounded, 17-11, in Toronto.

Victor Martinez homered and Adrian Beltre doubled and scored a run for the Red Sox, whose two-game win streak was halted.

John Lackey (10-7) was charged in the loss with eight hits and five runs over six full frames, fanning seven and issuing three walks.

The Red Sox got on the board in the second. Martinez led off with a homer to left-center, then back-to-back doubles by Beltre and Mike Lowell made it 2-0.

The Yanks came back with two in the home half on Granderson’s RBI triple and a groundout by Pena, and forged ahead with two more with two outs in the fifth.

Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira got the rally started with consecutive singles, then Robinson Cano dumped a hit to right which plated a go-ahead run. Jorge Posada followed with another single to plate Teixeira for a 4-2 game.

“After last night’s loss, you definitely want to come back here in a day game, a quick turnaround, and have a good game plan,” Swisher said of his club’s approach at the plate. “We wanted to bust out against Lackey because he wants to be out there — you’re going to get his ’A’ game every time.”

Granderson singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a Pena single in the sixth.

Sabathia completed his outing by not allowing a hit in the seventh and eighth innings.

Rivera closed the door by setting down the Sox in order in the ninth.

“Maybe you don’t believe me. I don’t circle the Yankees series in particular. We face good pitching in every series in every season, and we need good pitching in every series,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona on whether his team can’t rise to the occasion against a pitcher like Sabathia. “You need to go to bat aggressively, you need to play aggressively, and come with a focused mindset no matter who you face.”

Game Notes

New York has won six of 10 over Boston this season, but have just taken two of four in the Bronx...Martinez hit his 10th homer of the season...Prior to the game, the Red Sox announced the signing of infielder Carlos Delgado to a minor league contract.


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