Bos 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4
NYY 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 7
Date of game: 4/12/2014

Recap: NY Yankees vs. Boston

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian McCann hit his first two homers in a Yankees uniform Saturday, helping New York beat the Boston Red Sox by a 7-4 margin in the third game of a four-game series.

Kelly Johnson, Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran also homered for the Yankees, who bounced back from Friday's 4-2 loss.

Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) gave up four runs on six hits while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings.

A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. Mike Carp had two RBI.

John Lackey (2-1) got the start for Boston and allowed six runs on 10 hits -- including four homers -- while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.

"The mistakes he made were up and unfortunately in this park, you pay for those mistakes, especially to right field," Pierzynski said of Lackey being done in by the long ball. "Other than his mistakes he threw the ball fine, it was just those mistakes were magnified because they were homers."

Both the Red Sox and Yankees entered Saturday's game with a 5-6 record, marking the first time both clubs have entered their 12th game of a season with a losing record since 1997, when both teams also started 5-6.

Beltran's homer in the first made it a 2-0 game. Jacoby Ellsbury reached base on a bunt single and scored on Beltran's two-out blast to right.

Pierzynski quickly tied things up in the second. Xander Bogaerts singled and crossed the plate on Pierzynski's homer to right.

McCann and Soriano hit back-to-back homers to start the fourth, making it 4-2 New York.

The Yankees extended their lead on McCann's second homer of the day in the sixth. Beltran led off with a double and scored when McCann cleared the wall in right-center field.

"He's hit the ball better than his numbers have indicated," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of McCann. "We feel that this park is really conducive to him and it showed up today."

Boston got two runs back in the seventh. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava walked around an out, chasing Kuroda from the game. Matt Thornton got David Ortiz to go down looking before hitting Mike Napoli. Carp followed with a two-run single to left-center field. Carp was caught stealing second to keep it a 6-4 contest.

Johnson's solo homer off Burke Badenhop in the eighth made it a three-run game.

Shawn Kelley tossed a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.

Game Notes

Ortiz, who went 1-for-4, has reached base safely in his last 25 games versus New York, passing Rajai Davis for the longest active on-base streak against the Yankees ... Lackey has never started a season 3-0 ... Kuroda improved to 4-5 lifetime versus the Red Sox ... The Yankees are now 6-0 this season when leading after six innings.

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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