Prior to tonight’s game, Phil Hughes had been terrible at Fenway Park. It’s the ballpark he’s had the most trouble in so far in his career. So, of course, Hughes would come out and lead the Yankees to a 2-0 win over the Red Sox.
Hughes pitched into the eighth inning, gave up only five hits, walked one batter and struck out seven. He earned his 15th victory of the season and helped the Yankees remain in a first place tie with Baltimore atop the AL East standings.
The Yankees problem with runners in scoring position reared its ugly head again – they finished 2-34 RISP for the series – but thankfully Hughes, along with the bullpen, kept the Red Sox off the board.
Their first run was scored on an Andruw Jones sacrifice fly in the fourth inning off Red Sox starter Felix Doubront. Their second run was scored when Derek Jeter hit a bloop single to center in the seventh. It was the 3,283th hit of his career, tying him with Willie Mays on the all-time list.
Rounding out the offense were Alex Rodriguez and Eduardo Nunez who finished with two hits apiece. Curtis Granderson had a rough night at the dish, finishing 0-4 with three strikeouts and leaving five men on base all by himself.
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