Pedroia blast helps lift Red Sox over Yankees

Mon Apr 5, 2010 1:30am EDT
 
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By Ros Krasny

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox climbed back from an early four-run deficit to beat archrivals the New York Yankees 9-7 in Major League Baseball's 2010 opener on Sunday.

The Yankees, last season's World Series champions, had been cruising after solo home runs from Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson helped them to a 5-1 lead.

But Boston ate into the deficit as the pitch count for Yankees starter CC Sabathia mounted, and Dustin Pedroia's two-run shot over Fenway Park's "Green Monster" left field wall tied the score at 7-7 and shifted the momentum in the Red Sox favor.

"It was a very resilient game. We dug deep," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We were looking to win the game any way we could."

The teams, playing their 2,065th game in one of the most famous rivalries in U.S. professional sports, took the field for their first night-time opener under clear skies at Boston's Fenway Park on a stunning Easter Sunday.

The Yankees came out blazing with Posada and Granderson, in his first at-bat after being acquired from Detroit, smashing solo homers in the second inning.

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Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis scored in the bottom of the same inning but the Yankees put three more runs on the board in the fourth to make it 5-1.   Continued...

 
<p>Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis (20) congratulates teammate Dustin Pedroia on a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of the first American League baseball game of MLB's 2010 season at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger</p>