The Boston Red Sox won their fifth straight game, defeating the Yankees 11-6 to take the lead from New York in Major League Baseball’s American League East division.
Boston’s victory last night at Yankee Stadium improved the Red Sox to 35-26. It was their 10th win in their last 12 games on the road. The Yankees dropped to 33-26, one game behind their rivals in the standings.
The Red Sox have won all five of their games this season in New York, marking the first time since 1912 that the Yankees have lost their first five home games against Boston in a season. The teams conclude a three-game series today.
After opening the season with six straight losses and building a 2-10 record, the Red Sox have won 18 of their past 24 games. The Yankees have now lost seven of eight meetings with Boston this season. In each of the past three seasons, the teams have finished 9-9 against each other.
Boston led 3-0 after the first inning on a run-scoring groundout by Adrian Gonzalez and a two-run homer by David Ortiz, his team-leading 15th of the season.
A sacrifice fly by J.D. Drew scored Marco Scutaro in the second to make it 4-0. The Red Sox added three runs in the fourth on a groundout, Jacoby Ellsbury’s run-scoring double and Dustin Pedroia’s run-scoring infield single.
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett (6-4) took the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. He is winless in his last nine starts against Boston.
A-Rod’s Home Run
Alex Rodriguez led off the Yankees’ fourth with his 11th home run of the season and his eighth career home run off Boston starter Tim Wakefield (3-1), the most the Red Sox right-hander has yielded to any active hitter.
New York added three runs in the fifth, including a run-scoring double by Derek Jeter, to pull within 7-4. They got no closer, and Carl Crawford and Drew added ninth-inning home runs for Boston.
Mark Teixeira, who had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single and leads the Yankees with 43 RBIs, played after being struck on the right knee by a fastball from Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester in the first inning of Boston’s 6-4 win a day earlier.
Jeter went 1-for-5, leaving him 11 hits shy of becoming the first Yankee and 28th major league player to reach 3,000 career hits. Jeter has 32 hits against Wakefield, the most he’s had against any pitcher.
The Yankees placed reliever Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his pitching arm before last night’s game, the latest blow to a bullpen already missing the injured Rafael Soriano.