David Wells tossed his glove and hat into the seats after
getting tagged as the Red Sox played their own version of the
Boston pops on the Fourth of July, powering past New York 10-3
All of Boston's runs came on homers, making it easy for Derek
Lowe (10-3) to win his career-high seventh straight decision.
Mueller's drive into the upper deck in the ninth inning marked
Boston's seventh of the game, one more than the Yankees had ever
allowed. Good thing for the Yankees that owner George Steinbrenner
had better things to do on his 73rd birthday than be at the
This was the first time the longtime rivals had played on
Independence Day since 1983, when Dave Righetti pitched a no-hitter
against Boston. Wells (10-3) started out with two perfect innings,
and then the ball really began flying.
Wells set a career high for most homers allowed and matched the
team record -- in just 5 2-3 innings. He was the fifth pitcher to
serve up five, and he and Jeff Weaver are the only ones to do it at
Wells trudged off the mound with his head down after being
pulled and, right before reaching the dugout, flipped his glove
four rows into the seats. His cap followed, captured by a gleeful
woman in the front row.
The Red Sox, who lead the majors in hitting and scoring, won for
the eighth time in 11 games. Lowe benefited from the barrage
despite a shaky start that saw him give up a leadoff homer to
Soriano and an RBI single to Hideki Matsui later in the first
Lowe pitched 6 1-3 innings and left with two runners on and a
9-3 lead. He has not lost in a span of nine starts, and surpassed
his career-high winning string, set last season.
Gabe Kapler got Boston started with a leadoff single in the
third and Mueller walked on four pitches -- that was a bad omen for
Wells, who had walked only four batters in 115 2-3 innings this
Varitek hit a three-run homer and Ramirez later launched his
20th homer, a two-run drive into the rarely reached upper deck in
Ortiz led off the fourth with a home run, and Mueller and
Varitek hit consecutive homers in the sixth. Ortiz opened the
seventh with a drive off Jason Anderson.
For all their homers, the Red Sox stayed ahead with a couple of
key defensive plays. Ramirez nearly ran into the padded wall in
left to catch Jorge Posada's fly with two on to end the third, and
first baseman Kevin Millar snared Jason Giambi's liner with runners
at the corners in the seventh.
The Yankees have given up six homers in a game four times --
to Boston in 1997 and 1977 and Cleveland in 1970. ... Boston hit
six homers in a game for the third time in 29 days. ... The Yankees
are 4-3 against the Red Sox this season. ... Mueller homered from
both sides for the first time. He also drew a pair of four-pitch
walks from Wells. Odd, because Wells had not issued more than one
walk in any of his previous 19 starts. ... Wells had won four in a
row. ... Soriano hit his eighth leadoff homer of the season, one
behind Rickey Henderson's team record set in 1986. ... RHP Todd
Jones made his Red Sox debut when he relieved in the eighth. He
signed Wednesday after being released by Colorado. ... The Red Sox
homered eight times on July 4, 1977, against Toronto.