The Red Sox fell to the Yankees 6-4 Friday night, as the Bronx Bombers collected five home runs to send Boston back into the loss column.
The trouble would start quickly for Franklin Morales. In his second at bat of the night, Morales offered up a hanging slider to Nick Swisher, who did not miss the opportunity, turning on the pitch for a solo shot to left field. After Phil Hughes recorded his second straight 1-2-3 inning to start the game, the Yankees struck again for two more homers in the second, with Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin going back-to-back with one out.
Phil Hughes would finally show vulnerability in the third, with the Red Sox cashing in in a big way. An error from Phil Hughes trying to start a double play on a comebacker allowed Boston to put men on the corners with nobody out and score their first run of the game on a ground ball out. A walk and a pop-up would put two men on with two outs for Dustin Pedroia, who received a fastball inside and with one swing of the bat made a 3-1 deficit a 4-3 lead.
Unfortunately, the lead would not last long at all. Another homer, this time from Derek Jeter, knotted the game up at 4-4 in the fifth, and the Yankees would chase Morales and score again with a quick rally in the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage. With the Boston bats going quiet after their one loud burst, and Nick Swisher adding yet another homer in the seventh, the Yankees started the series off with a win, sending the Sox back to four below .500.
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