Series: Game 4 of 4

Boston won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, September 15
NY Yankees
Game 1: Saturday, September 16
NY Yankees2
Game 2: Saturday, September 16
NY Yankees7
Game 3: Sunday, September 17
NY Yankees3
Game 4: Sunday, September 17
NY Yankees4

Red Sox 5

(81-69, 37-40 away)

Yankees 4

(90-59, 47-28 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 17, 2006

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    BOS 020000021 5 11 1
    NYY 110002000 4 6 1

    W: J. Lopez (1-0)

    L: K. Farnsworth (3-5)

    S: M. Timlin (8)

    BoSox beat Yanks twice in a day for first time since '76

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two little, too late for the Boston Red Sox.

    Boston beat the New York Yankees twice in one day for the first time in 30 years, rallying for a 5-4 victory Sunday night on Mark Loretta's ninth-inning sacrifice fly. In the opener of the team's second straight day-night doubleheader, David Ortiz's league-leading 49th homer and Kevin Youkilis' three-run double in the seventh boosted Boston to a 6-3 win.

    Longest Yankees Hitting
    Streaks, Since 1942
     Derek Jeter
    With such a storied history, it's tough for any Yankee to find a franchise first. Derek Jeter came close this year, but fell a little short. Since Joe DiMaggio recorded a hit in 56 straight games in 1941, only one Yankee has compiled a longer hitting streak than Jeter's 25-gameer, which ended Sunday.
    Player Year Streak
    Joe Gordon 1942 29
    Derek Jeter 2006 25
    Don Mattingly 1986 24
    Bernie Williams 1993 21

    "Unfortunately, where we are in the standings, it's more of a moral victory," Loretta said.

    Boston, which overcame a 4-2, eighth-inning deficit in the nightcap, had not defeated the Yankees twice in one day since July 31, 1976, at Fenway Park, and hadn't accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium since July 4, 1973.

    It was only a month ago that the Yankees swept five games in Boston from Aug. 18-21 to take a 6½-game lead that pretty much finished off the Red Sox.

    "They come into our place and kill us, it's just nice to come into their place -- even though the situation is a lot different right now -- and still play hard and pull off most of these games," Coco Crisp said.

    While beating the Yankees three of four in a 34½-hour span, the situation remains bleak for the Red Sox.

    New York was in position to clinch its ninth straight division title with a sweep Sunday combined with a Blue Jays loss to the Devil Rays. But even before the Red Sox got the final out of the opener, Toronto won 5-3.

    "Sooner or later, we are going to clinch this thing," Johnny Damon said.

    New York, which leads the AL East by 9½ games over the second-place Red Sox, still has a magic number of four and hopes to wrap up the division during a seven-game trip to Toronto and Tampa Bay that starts Monday. Last year, the Yankees clinched at Fenway Park on the next-to-last day of the regular season.

    "Celebrating here, celebrating next week," Youkilis said before pausing. "It's definitely better that they're not celebrating in front of us."

    Boston is 7 games behind Minnesota, the AL wild-card leader.

    "There's no glory here," Youkilis said. "It doesn't make us happy, at all. Our goal this year was to win the division and we didn't accomplish it, barring a miracle."

    Derek Jeter sat out the opener and went 0-for-4 in the second game, ending his hitting streak at 25 games, the longest for the Yankees since Joe Gordon's 29-game string in 1942. Jeter's average fell to .341, three points behind Minnesota's Joe Mauer, the AL leader.

    Jorge Posada hit a two-run double that gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead in the sixth, but Jason Varitek hit an RBI single in the eighth off Mike Myers, who threw a run-scoring wild pitch on an 0-2 count with two outs.

    Posada hit a drive to deep left-center in the bottom half that was about to be a two-run homer when center fielder Coco Crisp leaped at the wall to catch it.

    Then Carlos Pena doubled off Kyle Farnsworth (3-5) leading off the bottom half and Crisp sacrificed, with Posada's throw pulling Andy Phillps off the first-base bag for an error. Loretta flied to shallow center, and pinch-runner Alex Cora scored ahead of Bernie Williams' weak throw.

    Javier Lopez (1-0) got the win, and Mike Timlin finished for his eighth save, his second of the day.

    Mike Mussina pitched six innings, twice escaping jams and allowing his only runs on Trot Nixon's two-run homer in the second. He appeared to be over the strained groin that sent him to the disabled list from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5.

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