AJ Burnett worked 4 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs, matching his career-high, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 9-3, avoiding a Fenway-sized sweep.

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Initial Reaction:

“Bad AJ” made the trip over to Fenway, which seems to be a recurring theme whenever the Yankees are in Boston. Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, and Jeremy Hermida homered and drove in three runs. After winning 10-3 and 14-3, the Yankees six-game winning streak was snapped after the Red Sox finally put their hitting and pitching together.

Positives From The Game:

Back To Back Jacks: Nick Swisher (batting second), his seventh of the season, and Alex Rodriguez, his third of the season and his first in 62 at bats, hit consecutive solo home runs in the fourth.

Jorge’s Back: Jorge Posada was in the lineup as the designated hitter and went 0-for-4. After missing five games with a strained right calf muscle, it was good to at least see Jorge back in the lineup.

Negatives From The Game:

AJ Gets KO’ed: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R (8 ER), 3 BB, 4 K.

Bottom Of The Order: Posada-Thames-CervelliGardner went a combined 1-for-14, with one walk and five strikeouts.

Who??!: Jeremy Hermida drove in as many runs (3) as the entire Yankees lineup. When production like that comes from someone like this, then it probably just isn’t your night – and that was the case for Burnett.

Interesting Facts:

586: Alex Rodriguez tied Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time home run list when he hit a solo shot off Lester in the fourth.

Very, Very Bad AJ: Burnett became the first opposing pitcher since 1952 to give up eight runs or more in three different games at Fenway. He continues to struggle in Boston, where last year he posted a 15.63 ERA in three games. Thankfully, the Yankees don’t play another game in Fenway until their last series of the year during October.

In Other Baseball News:

A clown threw a perfect game this afternoon.

What’s Next?: The Yankees begin a four-game set in lovely Detroit.

Monday, 7:05, ESPN: Sergio Mitre (0-0, 2.79 ERA) vs. Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 3.99 ERA)

Career Stats:
Mitre vs. Detroit: has never pitched against Detroit.
Willis vs. New York: 0-1, 2.25 ERA