Red Sox take down Yankees, 9-5

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Red Sox take down Yankees, 9-5

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

On Tuesday night, the Red Sox left a staggering 16 runners on base. On Wednesday night, they found a solution to their problem: Two-run homers, which clean up after themselves.

The Sox drilled three of them, clubbing the New York Yankees 9-5.

The win re-established Boston's 1 12 game lead in the American League East and improved their record to 11-3 against New York this season.

Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run homer in the three-run sixth provided the winning margin.

David Ortiz and Jason Varitek also added two-run belts for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox had squandered a 4-1 lead in the fourth when the Yanks erupted for a four-run inning against Josh Beckett. The four runs were more than Beckett had allowed in four previous starts, covering 27 innings, against the Yankees this season.

Eric Chavez provided the big blow in the four-run sixth, delivering two runs on a double to right and taking third on Josh Reddick's error, from where he scored on a sacrifice fly, giving the Yanks a 5-4 lead.

But Varitek (three RBI) doubled home Reddick to tie the gamd Ellsbury's homer, an opposite-field shot into the Monster Seats, gave the Sox a lead they wouldn't lose.

Varitek's two-run clout into the home bullpen in the eighth closed out the scoring.

Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined to shut out the Yankees over the final two innings.

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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