|Freddy Garcia redeems himself at Fenway||07.07.12 at 6:22 pm ET|
Freddy Garcia remembers the last time he pitched at Fenway Park before Saturday’s Game 1 6-1 win over the Red Sox.
It was also a game he started for the Yankees in which New York came out on top. But for a far different reason. That was the game on April 21 when the Yankees had to score seven in the seventh and seven in the eighth to come out on top 15-9. That was the game the Yankees fell behind 9-0 before storming back.
He was shelled for five runs and seven hits while lasting just 1 2/3 innings.
On Saturday, it was the Yankees doing the early shelling for Garcia as Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones belted back-to-back homers in a four-run first inning against Red Sox starter Franklin Morales and Garcia threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball as the Yankees won the first game of a day-night doubleheader, 6-1, Saturday at Fenway Park. Boston’s fifth straight loss dropped them back to the .500 mark at 42-42. Derek Jeter had three hits for the eighth time this season for the Yankees, who moved 9 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.
“I did not think about it,” Garcia said Saturday. “That happened in April. We’re in July so I had a bad outing that day. I cannot think about it. I have to go out and pitch. That’s what I do.”
In his roughest outing of the year, Morales lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits, including a season-high four home runs. Morales allowed a leadoff single to Jeter in the first but appeared ready to get out of the inning when Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez flew out. But he hit Robinson Cano with a pitch and Swisher belted his 13th homer to left. Jones followed with his eighth to left and the Yankees led, 4-0. Unlike Friday night, there was no response by the Red Sox in the bottom of the first.
Garcia held the Red Sox hitless until David Ortiz singled off the Monster with one out in the fourth. Ortiz would come around to score in that inning when Adrian Gonzalez and Mauro Gomez followed with singles. But the one-rally that showed promise ended when Ryan Kalish hit into an inning-ending doubleplay.
The brightest spot of the game by far was the performance of righthander Justin Germano, who relieved Morales in a two-run Yankee fourth inning that stretched the lead to 6-0. Germano finished with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, saving the Red Sox bullpen for the nightcap.
Ortiz went 1-for-1 with three walks to raise his average to .310. He has four walks and four singles in the series as the Yankees are pitching around him.
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