7:05 PM ET, April 20, 2007
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
• Summary: It was all A-Rod (two homers, four RBI) and the Yankees through 7½, but Boston went single-single-triple-single in a four-at-bat sequence in the eighth to blow away New York.
• Hero: Jason Varitek had a horrible time at the plate in spring training and for much of these first two weeks, but his key run-scoring single in the eighth capped a 3-hit, 3-RBI night. Video
• Goat: What's up with Mariano Rivera? Two save opportunities in '07, two blown saves. He has an 8.44 ERA in seven appearances.
• Unsung heroes: Coco Crisp tied the game with a two-run triple and Alex Cora fisted a single over a drawn-in Derek Jeter to plate Boston's decisive run.
• Figure this: A-Rod, two homers shy of Albert Pujols' April record of 14 bombs, has hit safely in all 15 games this year and leads the majors with 30 RBIs and 65 total bases.
• Two tips of the cap: The Red Sox wore green uniforms to honor late Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach and black "VT" patches in memory of those who died at Virginia Tech.
• Elias Says: It's the first time Rivera has allowed five runs over two outings since April 5th and 6th of 2005 against the Red Sox, which was also the last time he blew consecutive save opportunities.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 6
It was Rodriguez's second multi-homer game of the season and the 46th of his career. ... The Red Sox hired former infielder Gary DiSarcina to manage their Single-A team in Lowell. ... Boston ended a streak of nine straight games allowing three runs or fewer. ... The Red Sox snapped a seven-game home losing streak against the Yankees, including an epic five-game sweep last August that effectively ended the AL East race. ... According to a New York Post report, broadcaster Bobby Murcer is tentatively scheduled to return to the booth during New York's series in Texas May 1-3. Murcer, 60, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in December and had surgery to remove the growth on Dec. 28. He has successfully undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
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|3rd||J Damon grounded out to shortstop, R Cano scored, M Cabrera to third.||1||0|
|4th||A Rodriguez homered to left.||2||0|
|4th||J Varitek homered to right center, M Lowell scored.||2||2|
|5th||A Rodriguez homered to right center, D Jeter and B Abreu scored.||5||2|
|8th||J Giambi singled to right, A Rodriguez scored.||6||2|
|8th||M Lowell singled to left, D Ortiz scored, M Ramirez to third.||6||3|
|8th||J Varitek singled to right, M Ramirez scored, M Lowell to second.||6||4|
|8th||C Crisp tripled to right, M Lowell and J Varitek scored.||6||6|
|8th||A Cora singled to center, C Crisp scored.||6||7|
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|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||36,786 (99.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||46 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|