Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Yankees leads 1-0 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Friday, September 23
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Game 1: Saturday, September 24
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Game 2: Sunday, September 25
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Game 3: Sunday, September 25
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Red Sox 1

(88-69, 43-33 away)

Yankees 9

(96-61, 51-28 home)

    4:10 PM ET, September 24, 2011

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    W: F. Garcia (12-8)

    L: J. Lester (15-9)

    Derek Jeter, Yankees rough up Jon Lester, deepen Red Sox's tailspin

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- Manager Terry Francona took input from his players in writing a revamped lineup and sent his ace to the mound. Yet the Boston Red Sox lost yet again.

    David Ortiz has another idea.

    "What you got to do right now is laugh, just see if you can fool somebody," the big designated hitter said.

    Derek Jeter capped a six-run second inning with a three-run homer, rookie Jesus Montero had four RBIs in finishing a triple shy of the cycle and the New York Yankees stunned the reeling Red Sox early in a 9-1 victory Saturday.

    Boston dropped to 4-15 since holding a nine-game lead over the Rays in the AL wild-card race heading into play Sept. 4. Tampa Bay closed within 1½ games of Boston with a 6-2 win over Toronto. The Angels beat the A's 4-2 to pull within 2½ of Boston.

    The Red Sox and Yankees play a day-night doubleheader Sunday before Boston travels to Baltimore for a season-ending three-game series. Francona is done with of all the talk of fixing the Red Sox.

    "Now it's up to us to go win," he said. "We know what's in front of us, we just have to play better."

    Freddy Garcia (12-8) pitched six innings of six-hit ball, making his case for the No. 3 spot in the Yankees' postseason rotation. Before a regular-season record crowd of 49,556 at the new Yankee Stadium, the AL East champions used their "A" lineup for the opener of a series pushed back by a rainout Friday. They quickly roughed up Jon Lester (15-9).

    By the ninth, all the starting position players except Nick Swisher were out of the game. After the game, they clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs when Detroit lost to Baltimore.

    Montero hit the fourth homer of his brief big league career, doubled in two runs in the third and had an RBI single in four at-bats. Russell Martin backed his declaration of dislike for the rival Red Sox with a two-run single.

    Heading in, the numbers added up for Boston: 6-0 at Yankee Stadium this year and 11-4 against New York overall. Lester had beaten Garcia twice this season and had won each of his past four starts in the Bronx.

    Francona sought input from his players and coaches after Friday's rainout and shook up his lineup, moving Carl Crawford to the second spot and dropping Adrian Gonzalez to fifth with Dustin Pedroia hitting third.

    But it all unraveled in a span of six batters in the second.

    "A disappointing game," Francona said. "We didn't finish a couple of plays, and they made us pay."

    With runners on first and second, shortstop Marco Scutaro went deep into the hole to field Andruw Jones' grounder. He seemed to have a chance to get the lead runner at third base but stumbled slightly and had to throw across his body to second. His throw was late, leaving the bases loaded.

    Montero then hit a sharp grounder out of Scutaro's reach for the first run. Martin followed with a sinking liner to left field that hit off the glove of a sliding Crawford for two more runs.

    "I just tried to make a play at it. Didn't make it," Crawford said.

    Jeter, whose batting average is up to .297 after a first-half slump, followed with a drive into the right-field seats to make it 6-0. Before the game, the Yankees captain carried the bat Roger Maris used to hit his 61st homer onto the field as part of the 50th anniversary ceremony.

    Lester gave up a two-out, two-run double to Montero in the third and was done, having given up eight runs. After Lester retired his first four batters, the Yankees were 8-for-12 against him.

    The short outing -- 55 pitches in 2 2/3 innings -- might make it easier for Francona to use Lester on short rest in Wednesday's regular-season finale.

    Boston's starters fell to 3-10 with a 7.34 ERA in the past 19 games.

    Garcia allowed 15 runs in his past three outings but kept Boston at bay with a mixture of slow breaking pitches. On his final batter, Garcia fielded Scutaro's comebacker and nonchalantly pounded the ball in his glove before tossing to first.

    "His stuff was really good today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He used all his pitches. That's what Freddy does. What he did today is what he's been doing most of the year for us."

    Girardi wouldn't commit to giving Garcia a spot in a postseason rotation that will include CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

    "He's definitely one of the guys that we're considering. Freddy is a guy who's been there and done all that," Girardi said. "So, as we move forward, we'll continue to look at all these things. But today, he pitched great."

    Montero, the Yankees' top prospect, connected off Junichi Tazawa in the sixth for his fourth homer in 51 major league at-bats. All his home runs have gone to the opposite field in right.

    "I put really good swings on the ball today and made some runs," Montero said.

    Game notes


    The game lasted 2 hours, 59 minutes -- speed baseball as far as these two teams go. ... Yankees RHP Phil Hughes (back) threw 35-40 pitches in a bullpen session. He said he felt no pain and expects to pitch in Tampa Bay next week. He said he didn't object to pitching out of the bullpen in the postseason if that's what manager Joe Girardi decides. "Just being part of it is special," he said. ... Francona said he's still unsure how Kevin Youkilis (sports hernia) can help the team. "He's willing to try to do anything we ask him to do," Francona. The Red Sox are going to give it a couple more days to see how he feels. ... Michael Jordan watched the game from a suite. ... Boston's John Lackey and Tim Wakefield face A.J. Burnett and Nova in the split-doubleheader Sunday.

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    Game Information

    StadiumYankee Stadium, New York, NY
    Attendance49,556 (100.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:59
    Weather75 degrees, cloudy
    Wind2 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim Mcclelland

    Research Notes

    From Elias: The Red Sox and Yankees each had 9 hits on Saturday, despite the Yankees 8-run win. The last time the Red Sox had the same (or more) number of hits as their opponent but lost by at least 8 runs was September 5, 1989. They lost to the Athletics that day 13-1, but each team had 7 hits.
    The Red Sox current September is worse than the September put up by the 1962 Mets, who are generally considered one of the worst teams in MLB history:
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    Jesus Montero is the 5th Yankee w/ 4+ HR in 1st 15 MLB games: Shelley Duncan (2007), Steve Whitaker (1966), Oscar Azocar (1990), Kevin Maas (1990)
    Jon Lester is the 3rd Red Sox starter in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to allow 8+ ER in fewer than 3 IP against the Yankees. The others: Roger Clemens (1987) and Gene Conley (1962).

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