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Chavez hits 2 HRs, Yanks top Red Sox 6-2 at Fenway

Associated Press Published: April 20, 2012

Terry Francona, let go as manager after last year's September collapse that cost the Red Sox a playoff berth, received one of the loudest ovations. Valentine has been booed several times by the home crowd as the Red Sox (4-9) have gotten off to another slow start after opening last season 2-10.

Buchholz's beginnings haven't been good, either. He allowed four runs in each first inning of his other two starts. On Friday, he gave up only one run in the opening inning. But by the time he left after walking Granderson to lead off the seventh, he had allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks with just two strikeouts.

The Yankees led 1-0 three batters into the game. Jeter reached on an error by second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who lost his popup in the sun. Jeter moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Rodriguez's single.

They needed only three batters again to take a 3-0 lead in the second. Swisher led off with a homer, Raul Ibanez grounded out and Chavez drove an 0-2 pitch into Boston's bullpen in right-center. Chavez had only six at-bats before Friday, when he played third base while Rodriguez was the designated hitter.

"''I relish anytime I get put in the lineup," Chavez said.

David Ortiz cut it to 3-1 leading off the second with his second homer. The Yankees stretched their lead to 5-1 on leadoff homers by Chavez in the fourth and Rodriguez in the fifth. They were the second homers of the year for both.

Rodriguez needs 29 homers to catch Willie Mays for fourth place.

"We have much bigger goals around here than trying to chase history," he said, "but, obviously, when you talk about a name like Willie Mays ... when the time comes, that's a pretty great name."

The Red Sox made it 5-2 in the fifth when Cody Ross doubled and Mike Aviles was credited with a double when Swisher lost his fly ball to right in the sun. Martin homered in the sixth.

NOTES: Freddy Garcia (0-1) pitches for the Yankees against Felix Doubront (0-0) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series. ... The Yankees had nine homers in their previous four games, all against the Twins. ... Boston's Ryan Sweeney hit safely for the 10th time in his 11 games. ... Nova won for the first time in four starts against the Red Sox. He began the game 0-2 with a 6.62 ERA in those games. ... Friday was the 73rd anniversary of Ted Williams' major league debut. ... Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte allowed two earned runs on four hits in five innings of an extended spring training game in Tampa against players from the Pirates organization. He struck out five and walked none.