Youkilis Leaves Boston With A Win

Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet to the crowd after hitting a triple in the seventh and leaving the game.
Kevin Youkilis tips his helmet to the crowd after hitting a triple in the seventh and leaving the game. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: June 26, 2012

KEVIN YOUKILIS' farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday even was moving for Cody Ross, one of the newest members of the Red Sox.

On the day Youkilis' 8 1/2 years in Boston came to an end, Ross hit two homers and drove in five runs to lift the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Youkilis was traded after the game to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and righthander Zach Stewart.

"It brought a tear to my eye, that's for sure," said Ross, in his first season with Boston. "To see him run off and tip his hat, he had some tears in his eyes, I got goosebumps. Special time. I know how much he means to this city. He won two World Series here, played his heart and soul out every day and just a great teammate. He'll be missed."

Before leaving the Red Sox for good, Youkilis was lifted for a pinch-runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning.

Youkilis was greeted with a hug near the first-base line from Nick Punto, who pinch-ran for him. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted "Yook."

Youkilis was part of the 2004 and '07 championships.

"It's tough because I know how hard he's played and he's given everything he has in every game he's every put on the Red Sox uniform. Sad," said second baseman Dustin Pedroia, a teammate of Youkilis since 2007.

Boston completed interleague play with a winning record for the eighth straight season (11-7).

Jason Heyward continued his torrid June for the Braves, hitting a solo homer among his three hits. Atlanta, which lost for the ninth time in 13 games, closed interleague play 8-10.

In interleague games * 

At New York, Robinson Cano broke a 5-5 tie with a solo homer in the eighth inning, spoiling the Mets' rally and giving the Yankees at 6-5 victory at Citi Field.

* At Miami, Mark Buehrle (6-8) pitched effectively for seven innings to become the winningest pitcher in interleague play, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Greg Dobbs had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Marlins, winners for just the third time in 18 games.

* At Cincinnati, Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the ninth off shaky closer Aroldis Chapman (4-4), rallying the Minnesota Twins over the Reds, 4-3.

* At Pittsburgh, Justin Verlander (8-4) pitched a five-hitter, Quintin Berry hit a two-run shot for his first major league home run and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pirates, 3-2.

* At Baltimore, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt his team's agonizing offensive struggle, and the Orioles rallied to beat the Washington Nationals, 2-1.

* At Houston, Chris Johnson homered and drove in three runs and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to lead the Astros to a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

* At Chicago, pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar lined an RBI single in the 10th inning and the White Sox edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0..

* At Kansas City, Carlos Beltran had three RBI and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each had two, powering the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-8 victory over the Royals.

* At Anaheim, Mark Trumbo drove in Albert Pujols with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Dodgers, 5-3.

* At San Diego, Edinson Volquez (4-7) pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double as the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners, 2-0.

* At Oakland, Derek Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first major league home run, and the Athletics walked off with a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

* At Arlington, Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory, Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBI in the majors and the Texas Rangers beat Colorado, 4-2. Harrison (10-3) left the game with tightness in his lower back that caused soreness in his left hip.

In an NL game: * 

At Phoenix, Wade Miley (9-3) outpitched Matt Garza (2-6) in eight strong innings, Justin Upton had three RBI and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

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