Solarte’s four RBI help Yanks top Red Sox, 14-5
New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia, top, follows through as he hits Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, with a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New York Yankees' Yangervis Solarte connects for a two-RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New York Yankees' Carlos Beltran, left, is congratulated by teammate Mark Teixeira (25) after scoring on a double hit by Alfonso Soriano during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia fields a ground-out hit by New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON – Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season and the New York Yankees capitalized on five Boston errors to beat the Red Sox, 14-5, last night.
CC Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night in which starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.
Pineda was suspended for 10 games yesterday and said he wouldn’t appeal. He will miss two starts.
Neither team played a clean game last night. The Red Sox walked 12 – five by knuckleball throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth – hit one and had three wild pitches and a passed ball. They also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning.
The Yankees walked six and hit a batter and had one wild pitch, one passed ball and an error.
The costliest stretch for the Red Sox was the first three innings when they fell behind 7-0. They made four errors, allowed three stolen bases and had a wild pitch and passed ball.
Felix Doubront (1-3) retired the first two batters of the game before Carlos Beltran reached on an error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts and scored on a double by Alfonso Soriano.
The Yankees added three runs in the second. Brett Gardner led off with a walk before second baseman Dustin Pedroia dropped third baseman Brock Holt’s throw for an error, allowing Brian Roberts to reach first. Solarte then doubled in two runs, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
New York had another three-run inning in the third.
Teixeira started the inning with a homer before Gardner reached on Doubront’s error. Gardner stole second and third and scored on Brian Roberts’s single. Roberts stole second then made it 7-0 when Jacoby Ellsbury’s single drove him in. Ellsbury took second on center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s error but was stranded.
Boston cut the lead to 7-2 in the third on a walk to Pedroia, a double by Shane Victorino, a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz and an RBI double by Jonny Gomes.
New York added five runs in the seventh when all nine batters against Craig Breslow reached base, including Beltran on a forceout at second. Solarte and Derek Jeter had two-run singles and Ellsbury doubled in a run.
Boston cut the lead to 12-5 in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on a double by Bogaerts, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball by Brian McCann.
Carp made his major league pitching debut in the ninth and allowed one run on five walks.
∎ Victorino made his 2014 debut after being activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with a hamstring injury and the flu.
∎ The last time Boston made five errors was April 28, 2001, against the Kansas City Royals.
∎ David Ortiz set a major league record with his 1,644th game as a designated hitter. He broke the mark held by Harold Baines.
∎ Meghan Duggan, the captain of the U.S. women’s hockey team that won the silver medal this year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
∎ Jake Peavy (0-0) pitches for the Red Sox tonight when they open a three-game series in Toronto. Mark Buehrle (4-0) pitches for the Blue Jays.
∎ The Yankees return home for a three-game series against the Angels with Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) pitching against C.J. Wilson (2-2) for Los Angeles.