David Ortiz hit his 24th home run of the season to help the Boston Red Sox break a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees.
Ortiz hit a solo home run in the seventh inning yesterday for the American League East-leading Red Sox (73-52), who are two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees (63-59) are in fourth place, 8 ½ games behind the leader.
John Lackey (8-10) allowed one run on six hits while striking out one in 6 2/3 innings at Fenway Park in Boston.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) gave up five runs on 11 hits and struck out six in the Major League Baseball contest.