Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 7/4)

Game 1: Friday, July 4
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Game 2: Saturday, July 5
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Game 3: Sunday, July 6
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Game 4: Monday, July 7
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Red Sox 10

(49-35, 21-23 away)

Yankees 3

(52-32, 23-18 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 4, 2003

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: D. Lowe (10-3)

    L: D. Wells (10-3)

    Boston belts a record seven out of Yankee Stadium

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox hit a record seven home runs off the New York Yankees -- and those weren't the only things flying into the stands.

    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 Friday.

    Switch-hitter Bill Mueller homered from both sides of the plate, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz each homered twice and Manny Ramirez also connected.

    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 ballpark.

    Alfonso Soriano and Karim Garcia homered for the Yankees, who lost for only the fourth time in 20 games. A crowd of 55,144 saw Boston and AL East-leading New York open a four-game series.

    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 Yankee Stadium.

    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 inning.

    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 season.

    Varitek hit a three-run homer and Ramirez later launched his 20th homer, a two-run drive into the rarely reached upper deck in left field.

    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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