Herrera notches two hits, but Sox fall to Yanks
In game delayed by bees, Doubront surrenders seven runs over 3 2/3 frames
TAMPA, Fla. -- Starter Felix Doubront was pounded for seven runs and 10 hits over 3 2/3 frames in the Red Sox's 8-1 loss to the Yankees in front of a sellout crowd of 11,032 on Tuesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Jonathan Herrera ensured the Red Sox wouldn't be held scoreless in the seventh when his single to right field scored Corey Brown, who hit a leadoff double.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda blanked Boston over 4 1/3 strong innings of work, fighting for the No. 5 starter's job as he returns from right labrum surgery. Pineda scattered four hits and struck out five, giving him 14 strikeouts in nine Grapefruit League innings.
Alfonso Soriano started the barrage with a run-scoring single in the first inning, and New York added four more runs in the second, sending eight men to the plate.
Ichiro Suzuki skied a run-scoring single to center field, Derek Jeter legged out an RBI infield hit and Mark Teixeira stroked a two-run single to left off Doubront, who walked three and struck out two in a 79-pitch outing.
Doubront started the fourth inning and exited with two runners aboard. Soriano greeted Brandon Workman with a long three-run homer that dented the scoreboard in left field, Soriano's first home run of the spring.
The game was delayed for seven minutes in the third inning, as Red Sox left fielder Mike Carp noticed a swarm of bees hovering around the visiting bullpen. While the grounds crew took care of the issue, Teixeira emerged from the Yankees dugout offering two bottles of honey.
Up next: Jake Peavy will make his second Grapefruit League start when the Red Sox face the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at JetBlue Park.