It wasn't until he woke up on Saturday morning that he realized
his team needed something extra from him.
"He sucked it up," manager Joe Torre said after Johnson
overcame midgame wildness to beat Boston 13-5, lasting seven
innings to rescue the Yankees bullpen after a successful, but
exhausting, sweep. "It was enormously important. Especially
considering how dry we were in the bullpen."
In an unwelcome replay of the 1978 "Boston Massacre," the
Yankees scored at least 12 runs in winning each of the first three
of the five-game series and extending their lead in the AL East to
a season-high 4½ games. Twenty-eight years ago, New York swept four
at Fenway in September to erase the rest of what had been a 14-game
deficit; the Yankees won the division that year on Bucky Dent's
popup homer in a one-game tiebreaker.
"We'll find a way to regroup," Red Sox manager Terry Francona
said. "We dug ourselves a pretty big hole and we'll find a way to
dig out of it."
Johnson (14-9) went to bed Friday night with the Yankees losing
10-7 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader. New York came
back to win 14-11 and complete the sweep in a 4 hour, 45 minute
epic that was the longest nine-inning game in major league history.
"When I got to the ballpark, everybody was pretty banged up and
pretty sore," Johnson said.
The 6-foot-10 left-hander took a no-hitter into the fourth
before allowing all four of his hits in a temporary lapse of
control that preceded Manny Ramirez's three-run homer. But Johnson
allowed just one more run over the next three innings; in all, he
gave up five runs on six walks and a hit batter.
Boston wasn't so lucky. Josh Beckett (13-8) walked a career-high
nine batters in 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits and
striking out two to remain winless in his last five starts.
"I knew our bullpen was tired," he said after throwing a
season-high 121 pitches. "For me to make them go to the well in
the sixth inning again is unacceptable."
Johnny Damon again punished his former team, hitting three
doubles and sparking a five-run, tie-breaking rally in the sixth.
Bernie Williams homered in the second -- the major league-leading
32nd home run allowed by Beckett -- and Robinson Cano adder a
three-run shot in the eighth off Jermaine Van Buren, who was called
up as a reinforcement after nine Red Sox pitchers threw 432 pitches
Damon, who helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series before
switching sides in the rivalry this winter, went 6-for-12 with two
homers and seven RBI in the doubleheader.
Johnson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning two starts ago.
He pitched a perfect game at age 40 for the Diamondbacks against
the Braves on May 18, 2004 and also threw a no-hitter for the
Mariners in 1990 against Detroit.
The Red Sox had never allowed 12 runs or more in three
consecutive games. ... Third-base umpire Jim Wolf was replaced for
the bottom of the third inning by Jim Hoye because of a previous
injury that worsened during the game. ... Ramirez was intentionally
walked in the fifth -- the third time in three games the Yankees
have put him on intentionally. ... Yankees RHP Carl Pavano will
make a rehab start in Double-A Trenton on Sunday. ... The last Red
Sox pitcher to walk as many as nine batters in a game was Roger
Moret, who walked nine in a complete game victory over the Chicago
White Sox on Aug. 22, 1975. ... Sal Fasano made his first major
league pinch-running appearance, relieving Posada in the eighth.