Ortiz hits No. 450, Red Sox beat Yankees 8-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 30, 2014 at 12:14 am •  Published: June 30, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Playing in prime time on national television against an AL East rival, the big names in the middle of Boston's lineup delivered.

David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-5 Sunday night.

"To get to where we want to be, those guys are going to have to drive the bus," winning pitcher John Lackey said. "You need the parts to do well, too, but they're kind of the engine that runs this thing."

Lackey (9-5) labored through five innings before four Red Sox relievers pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Held to two runs in the first two games of the series, Boston took two of three anyway to finish a 4-6 road trip and improve to 6-13 away from home this month.

"Anytime you win a series on the road, particularly against a team that's ahead of us, these are key," manager John Farrell said.

Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran (three hits) homered for the Yankees, who have dropped six of eight.

Rookie right-hander Chase Whitley (3-2) struggled for the second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, as six New York pitchers combined for eight walks.

"You're behind in the count, you're walking people and giving them extra baserunners, it usually leads to damage," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 attempts.

After averaging 2 hours, 45 minutes in the first two meetings this weekend, the longtime rivals were back to their usual plodding ways in a game that took 3:38.

Pedroia made a diving play at second base to limit a Yankees rally, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. threw out Beltran at the plate to keep the score 8-5 in the sixth. It was Bradley's ninth assist of the season.

"Changed the momentum of the game," Farrell said.

Pedroia bounced a hit-and-run single through the right side in the third, and Ortiz was booed by the sellout crowd of 48,124 as he stepped to the plate. The slugger answered with a long drive well into the raised bleachers in right-center to make it 4-0.

Ortiz tossed his bat aside and took his time on a wide trot around the bases, saluting his family in the stands as he approached third base.

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