David Ortiz hit one of three Boston homers to back a tireless Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox extended their domination of the Yankees this season, beating New York, 11-6, last night to take over first place in the AL East.
Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew also connected, both in the ninth inning to break the game open for a second time. Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Adrian Gonzalez added two RBI.
Facing his most familiar foe in Wakefield (3-1), Derek Jeter finished 1-for-5 to move within 11 hits of 3,000. He had a run-scoring double but also grounded into a rally-killing doubleplay.
Alex Rodriguez homered but A.J. Burnett (6-4) came up small in a big game for the banged-up Yankees, who have lost seven of eight meetings with their longtime rivals this season - including all five at home.
The last time the Red Sox won their first five road games against the Yankees in a season was 1912, on the way to a World Series title.
Boston goes for its second sweep at Yankee Stadium in a month tonight when Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett faces fellow ace CC Sabathia in their latest marquee matchup. Beckett has beaten Sabathia and the Yankees twice in two spotless starts this season, striking out 19 over 14 shutout innings.
The Red Sox have won five straight after losing four in a row. Boston has won 18 of 24, starting the surge with a three-game sweep in the Bronx from May 13-15.
In Yankees news, Joba Chamberlain went on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff elbow. And the Red Sox put reliever Bobby Jenks back on the DL with tightness in his back; catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was sent to the hospital with an illness.
In other games:
* At Baltimore, rookie Zach Britton (6-4) took a four-hitter into the seventh inning, Mark Reynolds homered, and the Orioles beat the skidding Oakland Athletics, 3-2, for a three-game sweep. It was the ninth consecutive loss for the Athletics.
* At Cleveland, Ben Revere's two-out RBI single in the 10th inning off closer Chris Perez (2-2) gave the coming-to-life Minnesota Twins a 3-2 win over the slumping Indians, who have lost six of seven and are just 2-6 this month.
* At Arlington, Texas, Alexi Ogando (7-0) scattered six hits over 7 innings to remain unbeaten, Adrian Beltre homered, and the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep by Detroit with a 7-3 victory over the Tigers.
* At Kansas City, Adam Lind hit a grand slam and Jayson Nix added a three-run homer to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-8 victory over the Royals.
_ At Chicago, Miguel Olivo drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run double in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox, 7-4.
White Sox rightfielder Carlos Quentin homered twice, a solo shot in the first off Jason Vargas and a tying two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Jamey Wright.
In White Sox news, righthander Jake Peavy was placed on the disabled list with a mild groin strain after leaving his most recent start.
* Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, who hit a decisive two-run triple in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, has died. He was 71.
* The Texas Rangers fired hitting coach Thad Bosley. Bosley, a former major league outfielder, was in his first season on manager Ron Washington's staff.
* The Mariners recalled slugger Mike Carp from Triple A Tacoma. The 24-year-old Carp was hitting .348 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 57 games for the Raniers.