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Yankees defeat Red Sox 6-0 in series opener



Vidal Nuno rebounded from two awful starts to pitch two-hit ball into the sixth inning, while Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner hit consecutive homers as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-0 on Friday night in the opener of a series between struggling powers.

Brian McCann added a two-run homer for New York,who have won six of their eight meetings with Boston this season.

In his first at-bat as a 40-year-old, Derek Jeter fisted a single to right field with one out in the first. His birthday was on Thursday, the Yankees’ final day off before playing 17 straight going into the All-Star break.

After Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, Jeter scored on Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly off Brandon Workman (1-1) for the early lead. The Yankees captain also singled in the fourth for hit No. 3,390 and went two-for-four in New York’s second win in six games.


In Los Angeles, Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking two-run double and Yadier Molina homered for St Louis.

Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez could not make it out of the fifth inning despite the two-run lead. Manager Mike Matheny pulled him after a one-out single by Dee Gordon and a walk to Yasiel Puig, but Seth Maness (3-2) retired Adrian Gonzalez on a double-play grounder. Maness allowed one hit through 2-1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

Maness got a huge assist from center fielder Jon Jay, who robbed Juan Uribe of a potential RBI double in the sixth when he sprinted


In San Francisco, Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce drove in two runs apiece to power Cincinnati.

Johnny Cueto (8-5) pitched a three-hitter over 8-1/3 innings and the Reds won their third straight and sixth of seven overall.

Cueto walked two and struck out three, allowing both runs and raising his majors-leading ERA from 1.86 to 1.88.

Aroldis Chapman got the final two outs for his 16th save in 17 chances.


In Houston, Jason Castro hit a solo homer in the 11th inning to send Houston to victory and snap Detroit’s seven-game winning streak.

Castro launched a pitch from Blaine Hardy (0-1) into the seats in right field with one out.

The Tigers tied it when Eugenio Suarez scored on an error in the eighth inning. Jake Buchanan (1-1) pitched a perfect 11th for his first major league win.

In other MLB action it was:

‧ Rays 5, Orioles 2, game 1

‧ Orioles 4, Rays 1, game 2

‧ White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

‧ Braves 4, Phillies 2

‧ Cubs 7, Nationals 2

‧ Athletics 9, Marlins 5

‧ Pirates 3, Mets 2, 11 inns

‧ Royals 8, Angels 6

‧ Rangers 5, Twins 4

‧ Brewers 3, Rockies 2

‧ Mariners 3, Indians 2

‧ Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1

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