Friday June 10, 2011 | 06:12 AM

C.C. Sabathia allowed two hits and no runs through six innings. He allowed 6 hits and 6 runs in the seventh, leaving with two outs. Reliever David Robertson allowed another run in the 7th, as the Red Sox enjoyed an 8-3 romp.

In case you missed that 7th: Ortiz 1B, Lowrie 3B, Crawford ground out, Cameron 2B, Varitek 1B, Ellsbury 1B, Scutaro line out, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis 1B, Ortiz 2B.

Boston (36-26) leads New York (33-27) by two games.

Josh Beckett, as the Globe's Peter Abraham points out, is 3-0 in 3 starts against the Yankees, with a 0.86 ERA. Last year in 5 starts against New York, Beckett was 1-2 with a 10.04 ERA.

Tonight: Clay Buchholz (4-3) against Blue Jays lefty Jo Jo Reyes (2-4), who has won his last two starts.

The Red Sox also made an announcement about Dustin Pedroia's health (bruised kneecap; will be back with the team today), and one move (catcher Luis Exposito back to Triple-A, reliever Michael Bowden up from Pawtucket).

Former Sea Dogs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had quite a major league debut, going 1-for-2 with a triple and two walks. He is batting .500, with a .750 on-base percentage and a 2.250 OPS. The Padres website has the story and video of Rizzo.

Rizzo's former teammates, pitcher Alex Wilson, was not at his finest as Portland lost 7-2. See the Press Herald story.

Salem lefty Chris Hernandez (2.45) looked fine: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K.

Greenville outfielder Brandon Jacobs (.319) hit his seventh home run.

Recently-promoted Chris Balcom-Miller starts for the Sea Dogs tonight at 7.

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