EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 21, 2013

Base running blunders hurt Sox in loss to Yanks


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Star of the Game: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda went 7.0 innings and allowed just two runs, both earned, on five hits and one walk while striking out four.

Sox’ No. 1 Star: First baseman Mike Carp was 3 for 4 with a double and run. It was his fourth three-hit game of the season. ... David Ortiz also had a good game, going 2 for 4 with a run. He is 13 for 33 in his past nine games.

Majors Debut: Red Sox LHP Drake Britton made his major league debut for the Red Sox. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Lackey Line’s: Red Sox starter John Lackey took the loss, giving up four runs, all earned, on a season-high 10 hits in 6.1 innings.

Base Running Blunders: The Red Sox had two runners thrown out at home plate. But the biggest base running blunder of the day came to end the eighth when Yankees catcher Chris Stewart dived into the stands behind home plate and caught a foul ball. Stewart popped up and threw out Daniel Nava who was trying to tag up to second base. At the time, it was a two-run game and David Ortiz — the tying-run — would have come to the plate.

Odds and Ends: The Red Sox activated SS Stephen Drew from 15-day disabled list and optioned Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Shane Victorino (left hamstring) did not play. The Red Sox hope to have him back starting today. ... LHP Jon Lester originally was scheduled to pitch today. He has been moved back to Tuesday to give him extra rest because of some general wear and tear. RHP Ryan Dempster will pitch today.

— BY CHRISTOPHER SMITH