NEW YORK -- The new Yankee Stadium can be an inviting ballpark for powerful lineups, and for the second night in a row Wednesday, the Red Sox turned it into an offensive shooting gallery.
Scoring in five of the nine innings and belting three home runs, the Red Sox walloped the New York Yankees, 11-6. The win was Boston's seventh win in eight tries this season against its rivals and gave them a one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League League East.
Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves, who were both spot starters last month, took a tag-team approach to the Yankees, with Wakefield starting and going the first 5 13 innings and Aceves following with 2 23 innings of relief.
As was the case in the series opener Tuesday, the Sox got off to a quick start, scoring three times in the top of the first. Two of the runs came on yet another homer by David Ortiz, his fourth in his last eight games.
The Sox pushed their lead to 7-0 with three more runs in the fourth.
The Yankees made things interesting with a solo homer from Alex Rodriguez in the fourth and a two-run double by Derek Jeter in the fifth.
Wakefield tired after 91 pitches in the sixth as the Yanks scored once more but ninth inning homers from Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew provided a cushion.
STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz set the tone in the first inning with a two-run bomb into the right field seats, his second homer in as many nights, helping the Red Sox to their second straight 3-run first inning.
The homer was significant, too, since it came a night after New YOrk manager Joe Girardi criticized Ortiz for a bat flip after his homer in the series opener, and seemed to eliminate any suggestion that the Yanks might be seeking retribution.
HONRABLE MENTION: Alfredo Aceves
Returned to the bullpen -- for now, at least -- Aceves once again piggy-backed a starter and finished a game for the Red Sox will multiple relief innings.
Aceves came on in the sixth when Tim Wakefield tired after 91 pitches and lugged the Sox to the finish line, allowing just one run over the final 3 23 innings.
GOAT OF THE GAME: A.J. Burnett
Once again, the Yankees' starter didn't give his team much of a chance. Tuesday night, it was Freddy Garcia, gone in the second inning. Wednesday night, A.J. Burnett was the culprit, lasting into the sixth, but still allowing eight runs, seven of them earned.
The eight runs were a season high for Burnett, who is winless in his last eight career starts against the Red Sox.
Just when it seemed like the Yankees were building some momentum, closing to 7-5 with two runners on in the sixth, Aceves got Derek Jeter to hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing double play.
BY THE NUMBERS
After hitting just one homer in his first 44 games, Carl Crawford has hit five homers in his last 15 games.
QUOTE OF NOTE
"I don't care about what Joe Girardi said. I've got almost 370 bombs. I don't want to make a big deal because I bat-flipped (after) one.'' -- David Ortiz, who homered for the second straight night.