Sox Roughed Up on Special Day for Clemens

Clemens Picked Up Win #100 at Fenway

The New York Yankees jumped on the Red Sox early Sunday, scoring 3 runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-4 at Fenway. Roger Clemens pitched his last regular-season game in Boston, and the Hall of Fame pitcher who has had a strained relationship with Boston's media and fans ever since leaving Boston departed to a standing ovation after his 6 2/3 innings of work.

Tim Wakefield (9-6) did not pitch well for the Red Sox, giving up 6 runs (five earned) in six innings of work on a day that both Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were out of the lineup with minor injuries. The loss dropped the Sox to 5 ½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

It was a special day for Clemens, but not one for the Red Sox. Wakefield started out hitting Nick Johnson with one out, and followed that with a walk to Jason Giambi. Bernie Williams smacked a single to right, scoring Johnson, and with two out, Jorge Posada and Aaron Boone hit back to back singles to extend the Yankees' lead to 3-0.

The Sox came back with two in the bottom of the third with David McCarty scoring on a passed ball by Jorge Posada, and Doug Mirabelli, giving Jason Varitek the day off, scoring on an RBI single by Todd Walker. Other than that one inning, however, Clemens (13-8) cruised through his first six frames, striking out three and throwing 112 pitches.

The Yankees would extend their lead in the 5th against Wakefield. Derek Jeter, who would leave the game in the 7th with a strained rib cage, singled and went to second when Kapler, playing for Damon, who was shaken up on a catch attempt during Saturday's game, bobbled the ball. Johnson would single him home, and with two outs, Bernie Williams would walk. Hideki Matsui then hit a deep fly ball to Kapler, who dropped it for a two base error, allowing Williams to score from first base and push the lead for the Yankees up to 5-2.

In the top of the 7th, the Yankees would gain a very comfortable 8-2 advantage. Jeter led off with a single to left, during which he would injure himself and have to be replaced by Alfonso Soriano. Scott Sauerbeck, who has been dismal since arriving in Boston, would come in and hit Johnson for the second time in the game. After a Jason Giambi strikeout to extend his slump where he is now 0 for his last 20, Sauerbeck would throw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Williams was intentionally walked, and a fielder's choice hit by Hideki Matsui would turn into a disaster for the Sox. Soriano was thrown out at home, but two runs would eventually score on the play after Mirabelli tried to throw the ball to first but it went awry. The Yankees would push another run across on an RBI single by Boone, making the lead 8-2.

The Sox would try to mount a rally against Clemens in their half of the 7th, loading the bases with one out on two walks and a single by David McCarty. Clemens would then leave to a standing ovation, and Antonio Osuna would come on to face Bill Mueller, who singled to plate two runs for Boston, to close the gap to 8-4. Lefty Gabe White came in to put out the fire, inducing a fly out to pinch-hitter Jason Varitek.

The Sox would threaten again in the 9th, loading the bases against a struggling Jeff Nelson, but Mariano Rivera would eventually come in to record the final out on a strikeout of Nomar Garciaparra, who went 0 for 5. With that one out, the Red Sox saw their hopes of beating the Yankees fade, as they fell further back after winning the first game of the series and jumping out to a 3-0 lead with Pedro Martinez on the mound on Saturday.

The Sox will try to bounce back as they play an interleague make-up game against the Philadelphia Philles. Jeff Suppan (1-1, 6.08) will go against Brett Myers (12-7, 4.04).

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