7:05 PM ET, May 21, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Chien-Ming Wang stymied Boston, sending the Yankees to a victory that moved them within 9 1/2 games of the division-leading Red Sox, who still own the best record in the major leagues at 30-14.
• Hero: Alex Rodriguez homered for the third straight game. Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 18th homer with Johnny Damon aboard in the first.
• Unsung hero: Wang yielded two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his second consecutive start.
• Goat: New York improved to 2-5 this year against its biggest rival, with both wins coming against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Once a befuddling matchup for the Yankees, the right-hander fell to 1-7 with a 6.00 ERA in his past nine starts against them beginning May 27, 2005.
• Figure this: Jason Giambi snapped a 1-for-26 slide with an upper-deck homer in the second inning.
• Quotable: "We're working our way out of this hole. I hope that as this weather warms up, so does the offense." -- Giambi
• Elias Says: A-Rod's first-inning home run was his sixth off Wakefield, the most that the Red Sox' knuckleballer has allowed to any batter.
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Wang threw a career-high 114 pitches. ... The Yankees stole a season-high four bases and were caught once, all against Wakefield and his personal catcher, Doug Mirabelli. ... The Red Sox stranded five runners in the first two innings. ... New York C Jorge Posada went 0-for-3 with a walk, ending his career-high hitting streak at 15 games. ... Mirabelli singled in the second, ending an 0-for-17 skid. ... Wakefield dropped to 9-15 lifetime against the Yankees. ... Ramirez is 11-for-19 (.579) against Wang.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 10-8 (as of Mon 5/21)|
|Fri 4/20||@BOS 7, NYY 6||Recap|
|Sat 4/21||@BOS 7, NYY 5||Recap|
|Sun 4/22||@BOS 7, NYY 6||Recap|
|Fri 4/27||BOS 11, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/28||@NYY 3, BOS 1||Recap|
|Sun 4/29||BOS 7, @NYY 4||Recap|
|» Mon 5/21||@NYY 6, BOS 2||Box Score|
|Tue 5/22||BOS 7, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/23||@NYY 8, BOS 3||Recap|
|Fri 6/1||NYY 9, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Sat 6/2||@BOS 11, NYY 6||Recap|
|Sun 6/3||NYY 6, @BOS 5||Recap|
|Tue 8/28||@NYY 5, BOS 3||Recap|
|Wed 8/29||@NYY 4, BOS 3||Recap|
|Thu 8/30||@NYY 5, BOS 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/14||NYY 8, @BOS 7||Recap|
|Sat 9/15||@BOS 10, NYY 1||Recap|
|Sun 9/16||NYY 4, @BOS 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Yankees|
|1st||A Rodriguez homered to left, J Damon scored.||0||2|
|2nd||J Giambi homered to right.||0||3|
|2nd||D Jeter singled to left, R Cano scored, J Damon to third.||0||4|
|5th||D Ortiz doubled to deep right, K Youkilis scored.||1||4|
|5th||R Cano tripled to deep center, B Abreu and J Giambi scored.||1||6|
|7th||D Ortiz hit sacrifice fly to left, J Lugo scored.||2||6|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||55,078 (109.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||70 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West|