The Boston Red Sox blew out the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, winning 11-3.
Sidney Ponson went for the Bronx Bombers and for the second straight outing, did not get the job done. He pitched only 4.2 innings, gave up four earned runs on seven hits, walked four, and struck out three.
Paul Byrd started for the Red Sox. He went six innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked two, and struck out five.
Boston started their run production in this game in the top of the first. Jason Bay doubled to score Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, giving the BoSox an early 2-0 lead.
New York answered one of those runs in the bottom of the first and cut the lead in half. Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double to score Bobby Abreu, and Boston led 2-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks tied the game with an RBI single from Robinson Cano to score Rodriguez, and the game was tied, 2-2.
It wouldn't remain tied for long as the Yankees gave up the lead in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Ponson walked Kevin Youkilis to score Jacoby Ellsbury, Bay hit a sacrifice fly to score Pedroia, and Boston went ahead 4-2.
Boston broke open the game in the top of the eighth. Bay tripled to score Youkilis, Alex Cora hit a sacrifice fly to score Bay, and Coco Crisp singled to score Jed Lowrie, and Boston went up 7-2.
Later in the top of the eighth, the Sox completely buried the Yankees. With the bases loaded, Pedroia clobbered a grand slam home run, his 15th home run of the year and first career granny. The Red Sox went ahead 11-2 after eight innings of play, and most of the capacity crowd headed for the highway.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jason Giambi pulled a solo home run, his 26th of the year, and cut the lead to 11-3.
However, it was too late as Ivan Rodriguez grounded into a game ending, 4-6-3 double play.
Byrd captures the win, and is now 9-11 overall.
Ponson gets the loss, and falls to 7-5.
Manny Delcarmen also recorded his 17th hold this year.
"The game got away from us in the eighth inning. Up until then, we had a chance, but it's not the end of the world. We have to move on, we have another game tomorrow," said manager Joe Girardi on the Yankees' loss. "We're not getting results, we're not executing, but we still have baseball left."
"I can't even describe it in words how disappointing it is," said Ponson. "I didn't do my job today, I didn't get out of the fifth inning. We need to win, because the season is getting shorter," he added.
"It couldn't be any worse, these first two games, but we come right back tomorrow afternoon, and hopefully we'll do better. A lot of people are counting us out, so it's our job to prove them wrong," said the Yankee captain Derek Jeter, who went 1-4 at the plate. "We have to play better than we have these first couple games."
Boston looks for a sweep while New York looks to get on track tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 ET in the series finale, and quite possibly the last Yankees vs. Red Sox match up in the current Yankee Stadium.
Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.45 ERA) will face Jon Lester (12-5, 3.49 ERA).