Boston Red Sox beat New York Yankees in rain-hit MLB clash
Clay Buchholz allowed two hits in an abbreviated shutout, and the Boston Red Sox got home runs from David Ortiz and Jose Iglesias in a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees that was stopped after 5-1/2 innings because of rain.
Buchholz (8-0) outpitched Hiroki Kuroda and was pulled after the second of the game's three weather delays.
Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller was announced into the game and was warming up on the mound when play was abruptly halted for good.
However, Buchholz would be credited with a complete game because Miller never faced a batter, according to official scorer Jordan Sprechman.
"That's awesome," Buchholz said afterwards.
Just before that, the game had resumed for all of four minutes before heavy rain returned. Hours earlier, the first pitch was pushed back 45 minutes because thunderstorms were expected to move through the area - though the rain held off until the top of the sixth inning.
"Three rain delays - a fake one and two real ones," Ortiz said. "What else can you do? You just stick around and see how things end up."
Boston took two of three at Yankee Stadium for the second time this season and left town with a 21/2-game lead in the AL East over Baltimore.
The Yankees fell into a third-place tie with Tampa Bay, three games back. New York have lost seven of eight and nine of 12.
Including their season-opening visit, the Red Sox have won their first two series at Yankee Stadium for the second time in 25 years. They also did it in 2011.
"That's how you get yourself closer to the play-offs," Ortiz said. "Winning series … [after] series."