Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/12
NEW YORK -- Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the New York Yankees a lead they'd never relinquish and Phil Hughes allowed three solo homers but was otherwise effective over seven innings as the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 10-3, Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 49,571 at Yankee Stadium. Russell Martin hit a two-run homer while Curtis Granderson's ninth-inning grand slam -- his third hit of the night -- iced the game for the Yankees, who improved their American League-best record to 60-39. Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all hit solo homers for the last-place Red Sox, who fell to 49-51. Hughes (10-8) allowed three hits in the first but stranded runners at second and third following Pedroia's homer. That turned out to be the Sox' best chance to chase Hughes, who allowed just the solo blasts by Crawford and Saltalamacchia the rest of the way (increasing the number of homers Hughes has allowed at home to 17, most in th...
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