Red Sox - 004 000 000 - 4 5 1 Yankees - 120 011 10x - 6 9 1The Yankees hit five home runs - all solo shots - and dropped the Red Sox to 58-62, 13.5 GB in the East. Franklin Morales (5.1-6-5-1-3, 92) allowed four of the dongs.
Nick Swisher homered in the first and seventh innings, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back in the second, and Derek Jeter went deep in the fifth.
Boston scored four unearned runs in the third. Mike Aviles singled and took third when Phil Hughes (7-4-4-1-4, 106) committed a throwing error on Scott Podsednik's grounder. Pedro Ciriaco's fielder's choice scored Aviles and, after Jacoby Ellsbury walked and Carl Crawford popped out, Dustin Pedroia celebrated his 29th birthday by hitting a three-run bomb to left.
However, the Red Sox would get only three runners on base over the next six innings: Aviles's two-out single in the fourth, Ellsbury's one-out single in the fifth, and Crawford's one-out double in the eighth. Boston failed to advance any of those three runners even one base. (After Crawford's double, Pedroia hit a shot to deep left center, but Granderson tracked it down one step from the wall.)
The Yankees snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth. Casey McGehee and Granderson singled off Morales, ending his night. Jayson Nix's single off Clayton Mortensen scored McGehee.
Here's How Sox Would Tell Their Story
By Gordon Edes
The Boston Red Sox's ownership, manager, players and fans have all complained about the negative impact media coverage has had on the team. We at ESPN Boston are opting -- for one night, at least -- to tweak our regular coverage in advance of this weekend's series against the New York Yankees, so we used our imagination to take a positive outlook on the team's current plight. We are confident that your hometown heroes will respond to our exhortations and vanquish the Mighty Bombers. Fight hard, lads!
NEW YORK -- A weary but gallant group of Red Sox players, led by their plucky skipper Bobby Valentine, gathered in Baltimore's Penn Station late Thursday night to board the iron horse that will carry them to the Big Apple and a rematch with the Mighty Bombers of Gotham.
The Sox played their hearts out the past three nights against the Orioles, but Fate and Lady Luck dealt them a tough hand. Despite their best efforts -- which included a five-inning no-hitter (!!!) by Aaron Cook -- the Sox were able to claim just one hard-earned victory, steady Clay Buchholz spinning a beauty Thursday night in Camden Yards. Once again, the game's greatest fans were represented in large numbers, having made the arduous journey down the Jersey Turnpike to show their support for A-Gon, Pedey, Our Josh and all the Boys. ...