- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Until a week ago, rookie Chase Whitley was doing a wonderful job filling in for the New York Yankees.

Two starts later, he’s beginning to look overmatched.

David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Boston Red Sox over Whitley and the Yankees 8-5 Sunday night.

“You’re behind in the count, you’re walking people and giving them extra baserunners, it usually leads to damage,” manager Joe Girardi said.

John Lackey (9-5) labored through five innings before four Red Sox relievers pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Held to two runs in the first two games of the series, Boston took two of three anyway to finish a 4-6 road trip.

“I always believe that when you play against guys in your division, those are series you’ve got to win,” said Carlos Beltran, who homered, doubled and finished with three hits.

Mark Teixeira also went deep for the Yankees, who have dropped six of eight. Whitley (3-2) struggled for the second straight start as six New York pitchers combined for eight walks.

Mostly a reliever in the minors, the 25-year-old right-hander is one of three subs holding down spots in New York’s injury-depleted rotation. He was pitching well until last Monday, when Whitley was rocked for eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings of an 8-3 loss in Toronto, ending a three-start winning streak.

This time, he gave up five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, raising his ERA from 2.56 to 4.70 in a span of two starts.

“I think he had better stuff tonight,” Girardi said. “He made some mistakes in the middle that they didn’t miss. Last time, he really didn’t have his stuff.”

Pedroia made a diving play at second base to limit a Yankees rally, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. threw out Beltran at the plate to keep the score 8-5 in the sixth.

It was Bradley’s ninth assist of the season.

“Changed the momentum of the game,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 attempts.

Pedroia bounced a hit-and-run single through the right side in the third, and Ortiz was booed by the sellout crowd of 48,124 as he stepped to the plate. The slugger answered with a long drive well into the raised bleachers in right-center to make it 4-0.

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