But it goes down as a win, the fifth win for the Yankees in seven games played against their AL East archrivals.
Aside from the final score, this really was one to forget. Errors, walks, wild pitches, passed balls -- if it was bad, this game had it in abundance. For instance, the Red Sox had more errors (five) than hits (four). Unwatchable, unless you're a masochist.
There were good things, too -- the Yankees hit well, and CC Sabathia pitched effectively after a rocky start. The Yanks head back to the Bronx for a nine-game homestand with a 13-9 record and a 1.5-game lead in the division.
Boston beatdown: The Yankees scored a season-high 14 runs, on 14 hits and a full handful of Red Sox errors. Yangervis Solarte, who had been in an 0-for-14 slide, knocked in four of them with a double and a single, Derek Jeter had a two-run single, and Brian Roberts and Brett Gardner each scored three times.
CC throws BBs: Well, 90 mph BBs, but effective just the same. Sabathia had some control issues early -- three walks and a couple of hit batters in the first four innings -- but settled down nicely, allowing just two runs on three hits in six innings. He struck out eight, six in his last three innings of work.
Slop show: The Yankees took a 4-0 lead after two innings thanks to the dumbest rule in sports, some incredibly ragged Red Sox play and a timely hit by Solarte.
In the second, they tacked on three more when, after Gardner drew a leadoff walk, both he and Roberts were safe when Dustin Pedroia -- after clearly having caught a throw from Bogaerts -- lost the handle on the transfer. Solarte followed with a two-run double past Brock Holt at third base, and wound up scoring on a disputed wild pitch (see below) by Felix Doubront.
Overturned! What appeared to the naked eye to be a wild pitch by Doubront that allowed Solarte to score was at first ruled to have hit Beltran on the foot by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who order Solarte back to third and Jeter, who had singled, back to second. But Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, and after what felt like a lengthy review -- it was announced as 2:46 -- Cuzzi's call was overturned, the runners were allowed to advance and Beltran returned to the plate, where he wound up grounding out.
Unearned: The word describes eight of the 18 runs scored Thursday at Fenway.
Sloppy seventh: The Yankees blew it open with five runs in the seventh inning, on four hits, three walks and an error. The big blows were two-run singles by Solarte and Jeter.
Strike that! Mark Teixeira, who struck out four times Wednesday, hit a home run off Doubront leading off the third -- a high fly ball that glanced off the railing above the home run line atop the 37-foot left-field wall. It was Teixeira's first homer of the season.
Fish out of water: Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp was pressed into emergency duty to pitch the ninth inning. And while Carp hit a respectable 80 mph on the radar gun, threw some fluttery knuckleballs and got Brian McCann to hit into a double play, he found throwing strikes a bit difficult. Carp walked five of the first six batters he faced, forcing in a run. But he didn't allow a hit and his career ERA, 9.00, is half that of the Yankees' position player-as-pitcher, Dean Anna.
What's next: A short flight home, followed by the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. It'll be Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 4.07) versus lefty C.J. Wilson (2-2, 4.21), first pitch at 7:05 p.m.