Josh Beckett allowed only an infield hit in six innings, and David Ortiz hit his third homer of the year to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 7-0 victory over the visiting New York Yankees last night.
The Red Sox improved to 6-0 against the Yankees franchise for the first time since 1912, when they beat the Highlanders in 14 straight - including the first-ever game in Fenway Park.
"You don't want to be 0-6 against your rival," Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "But we are still tied for first place."
Beckett (7-2) struck out eight and walked two before leaving with a 6-0 lead. The only hit he allowed was Robinson Cano's fourth-inning grounder.
In other games:
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jered Weaver (6-2) allowed two runs over six innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3.
* At Baltimore, rookie Brad Bergesen (3-2) pitched eight innings of five-hit ball and the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-1.
* At Chicago, Miguel Cabrera's solo homer in the 10th inning lifted the Detroit Tigers over the White Sox, 7-6.
* At Cleveland, Mark DeRosa's grand slam in the seventh inning led the Indians to an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
* At Arlington, Texas, Brian Tallet (4-3) and relievers Dirk Hayhurst and B.J. Ryan combined for a two-hitter, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rangers, 9-0.
* The barrage of home runs at the new Yankee Stadium is being caused by shorter dimensions, not the weather, according to AccuWeather.com. The meteorology company said that 20 of the 105 home runs hit at the $1.5 billion ballpark would not have gone out of the old Yankee Stadium, because some dimensions are different.
Speculation has centered on whether there is a wind tunnel in rightfield caused by the open concourses or the slope of the stands, which is less steep than at the original Yankee Stadium.
* New York first baseman Mark Teixeira has overtaken Boston's Kevin Youkilis in the latest American League All-Star balloting. Teixeira has 833,960 votes, only 1,209 more than Youkilis. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria leads the overall vote with nearly 1.6 million.
* Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
* Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had surgery to repair a partially torn abdominal muscle.
* The White Sox placed righthander Bartolo Colon (knee) on the 15-day disabled list. *