In a span of five batters, Phil Hughes was at his best and his worst tonight. Those five batters: Three strikeouts, one intentional walk and the Mike Napoli grand slam that sent the Red Sox to an 11-1 win at Yankee Stadium. The bulk of Hughes’ outing was uneventful, but he allowed five runs in the third inning, most of them coming on Napoli’s slam, which came just two batters after Hughes struck out Dustin Pedroia, and immediately before he struck out Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Hughes struck out seven in 4.1 innings, but he continues to be as inconsistent as ever. In his previous two starts, he allowed three runs through 13 innings. In his two starts before that; 13 runs in 6.1 innings. It didn’t help that the Yankees scored just one run for the fourth time in six games. It also didn’t help that Adam Warren allowed six runs of his own, four of them coming on home runs by Daniel Nava and Stephen Drew.
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