Red Sox 7, Yankees 4: Hiroki Kuroda leaves early, Sox roll to series win

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Hiroki Kuroda left in the second inning after suffering a hand injury, and the Red Sox took full advantage, rolling to a 7-4 win in game two.

The Red Sox are 2-0, and have their first series win of the year after a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday night.

Once again the Red Sox offense was moving like a well oiled machine, this time not even waiting for the second inning. Though they still have yet to show much in the way of power, the Sox were able to nickle-and-dime their way to a first inning run on singles from Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The Red Sox would score again in the second. While they only managed the one run, stranding three runners in the process, it would prove to be the most important inning of the night. The key moment came in the first at bat, when Shane Victorino smacked a 1-1 fastball back towards Hiroki Kuroda, who reflexively threw a hand up into the path of the ball, which glanced off the tips of his fingers.

Kuroda would stay in the game, but was clearly not the same from there, hitting Jackie Bradley Jr. in the legs, walking Jacoby Ellsbury, and then catching Daniel Nava in the same spot as Bradley to force in the second Boston run. With his starter's control clearly gone, Joe Girardi turned to Cody Eppley, who quickly got a double play ball from Dustin Pedroia to end the inning.

The rest of Eppley's night would not go nearly so well. Singles from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Shane Victorino provided a third Boston Run, and Jackie Bradley Jr. made it four with the first hit of his young major league career. Jose Iglesias followed it up with a sharply hit double just inside the left field line, and Jacoby Ellsbury brought both rookies home with a single to give the Sox a commanding 6-0 lead.

Clay Buchholz would back up his offense with a shaky but effective seven innings of work. While he wasn't always able to find his spots, and he gave up some loud contact, Buccholz managed to work through his issues on a very cold April night in the Bronx, allowing just the one run on a no doubt home run from Travis Hafner to right-center in the fourth.

The game would not go so smoothly for the full nine innings. The Sox were able to add a seventh run in the sixth, but saw their lead cut in half when Alfredo Aceves entered in the eighth. With one batter on courtesy of Andrew Miller, who had been pulled after retiring Robinson Cano, Aceves gave up a single to Kevin Youkilis, and then fed one down the middle to Vernon Wells, who obliged him by knocking it out of the park and making it a 7-4 Red Sox lead.

Ultimately, though, there was no real need to fear. Joel Hanrahan entered for the ninth, and after giving up a leadoff ground ball single, had no real problem retiring Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner, and Ben Francisco to close out the game, leaving the Red Sox at 2-0.

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