BOSTON -- On the strength of four home runs, including two solo shots by Andruw Jones, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Yankees got on the scoreboard quickly. Derek Jeter opened the game with a single to center field off Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales. With two outs, Morales hit Robinson Cano with a pitch. The next batter, Nick Swisher, hit his 13th home run of the season, scoring Jeter and Cano. One batter later, Jones hit his eighth homer of the season on the ninth pitch of his at-bat.
"You get a big three-run homer from Swish after they get the second (out), they have two outs, and that's a big hit," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "And then Andruw adds on to it. You want to be able to do that, you want to be able to send your starting pitcher out with a lead if you can."
That was appreciated by Freddy Garcia, making just his sixth start in 16 appearances this season.
"It's nice," Garcia said. "Get a lead early, four or five runs, just go out there and shut it down and that's what I did. I'm glad I did my job and saved the bullpen."
Morales struggled with fastball command, and after hitting Cano with a pitch, seemed to struggle with his tempo.
"His fastball kept moving in over the middle of the plate to right-handed hitters," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "He couldn't control it."
Morales said, "I was just throwing my pitches and missing. I missed with my fastball and they hit homers.
"I tried to make my pitches. You know, my control, it's going to happen."
Swisher's home run snapped a 0-for-17 skid.
"The last three or four days have been real stressful," Swisher said. "In a situation like that, I've just got to get back to being more aggressive, looking for pitches to drive. It's just nice to start the game off like that, especially in a double-dip. You definitely want to get that first one."
The Yankees added two runs in the fourth when Jones and Jayson Nix opened the inning with back-to-back home runs. Then, with one out, Chris Stewart reached on a fielding error by third baseman Mauro Gomez, ending Morales' outing with right-hander Justin Germano entering.
The last time the Yankees hit two sets of back-to-back home runs was Aug. 22, 2008, at Baltimore.
"Like I've always said, this team's designed to hit home runs," Swisher said. "That's kind of our thing. Everyone talks about hitting with runners in scoring position and stuff like that. Well, I don't know how I feel. But you hit 200 home runs a year as team, I think that's going to score you an awful lot of runs."
Making his Red Sox debut, Germano, who was called up July 4, held the Yankees scoreless over 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
"He did exactly what he was doing at Triple-A," Valentine said. "I'm glad it translated here."
Morales entered the game having allowed just two home runs in 43 innings this season. He gave up four in three-plus innings against the Yankees. Morales took the loss, dropping his record to 1-2 while his ERA rose to 3.50 from 2.51.
Yankees starter Freddy Garcia kept Sox bats quiet through the first three innings, facing one batter over the minimum, after a walk to David Ortiz in the first. But the Sox got to him in the fourth, when Gomez's single scored Ortiz, who singled and went to second on Adrian Gonzalez's single. But Garcia got Ryan Kalish to ground into a double play, ending the Red Sox rally.
Garcia earned the win, improving to 3-2 (5.23 ERA). It was his first win of the season as a starter.
"I just think how he was able to shut the lineup down," Girardi said of what impressed him about Garcia. "Look how explosive they were last night. He gave up one run in six and two thirds. He did an amazing job. He used all his pitches."
The Yankees are 4-0 against the Red Sox this season.
NOTES: Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford sustained a setback in his rehab from left wrist and elbow injuries when he injured his left groin rounding second base on a triple Thursday night playing for Class AA Portland. ... Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, on the DL since April 14 with a subluxation of his right shoulder, is expected to play Saturday night for Class AAA Pawtucket. ... Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the DL since June 20 with esophagitis, is expected to pitch for Pawtucket on Sunday. If his outing goes well, he will be slotted into the rotation in the first series after the All-Star break, a three-game set in Tampa Bay beginning July 13. ... Right-hander Chris Carpenter, on the DL since the beginning of the season after surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow, is expected to pitch for Class A Greenville on Sunday. Carpenter was acquired during spring training from the Cubs as compensation for allowing Theo Epstein to leave his post as general manager of the Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Cubs. ... Right-hander Clayton Mortensen was called up from Pawtucket as the 26th player available in Saturday's doubleheader. ... Adrian Gonzalez's fourth-inning single in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader extended his hitting streak to 17 games, matching a career high. ... Yankees left-hander Boone Logan earned the win in consecutive games, Wednesday at Tampa Bay and Friday at Boston. He is the first Yankees pitcher to do so since Alfredo Aceves on May 16-17, 2009, against the Twins. He is the first to win consecutive road games on the same road trip since Tom Gordon on Aug. 23-24, 2004, at Cleveland. ... The Yankees called up right-hander Cory Wade as their 26th player available for Saturday's doubleheader. ... Entering Saturday, Robinson Cano had driven in at least one run in a career-high nine straight games. His ground-rule double in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... The Red Sox activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the DL since June 17 with inflammation in his left big toe, for the start of the second game of the doubleheader. The team will make a corresponding roster move. ... Going 0-4, it is the most losses against the Yankees to start a season for the Red Sox since losing their first six in 1994.
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