After a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Yankees clobbered Sox reliever Dylan Axelrod in an eight-run fourth inning during the Sox’s 9-1 loss. All that prevented the Sox from being shut out was Paul Konerko’s seventh-inning home run off reliever David Huff, who earned the victory.
The Sox, who committed three errors, suffered their biggest loss since the Indians beat them 19-10 on June 28.
“That early part when we got back in there was just terrible baseball,” Ventura said. “We have to play better than that if we’re going to expect to win games. The rest of the way out we’ve got guys you’re kind of evaluating for next year, so it just has to get better.”
Axelrod entered the game in the second because Ventura thought the delay was too long to bring back starter Jose Quintana. Axelrod, who had pitched just twice since Aug. 11, lasted 21/3 innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs and walking two.
Quintana took the loss after allowing two hits in the first inning, when Brett Gardner led off with a ground-rule double and Derek Jeter drove him in with a single for a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees surged ahead 9-0 in the fourth inning. Axelrod gave up six hits and a walk before recording an out. After walking Alex Rodriguez to load the bases with one out, Axelrod was pulled in favor of Jake Petricka.
The Yankees’ seven-hit inning was helped by two Sox errors. Catcher Josh Phegley dropped a foul popup and first baseman Adam Dunn made a throwing error. Alejandro De Aza also had a fielding error in the first.
Konerko hit the 432nd home run of his career to surpass Cal Ripken Jr. for sole possession of 44th place on the all-time list.
“I feel bad for Q. He works hard between starts,” Konerko said. “The Yankees are a great team. You give them an inch, and they take a mile. It kind of unraveled out there. It wasn’t a heartbreaker, so let’s shake it off and get back out there tomorrow.”
The newcomers’ nameplates were removed by the end of the game to prolong the secrecy, but it appears Johnson could be in line for a start.
Left-hander Hector Santiago, a New Jersey native, was scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, but he has been bumped to Thursday in Baltimore.
The starters for Wednesday and Saturday’s game against the Orioles have yet to be announced. Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo, who lasted three innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday, would have pitched Saturday before the changes.