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Giambi homers help Yanks win 4th in row at Boston, push East lead to 5½

BOSTON (AP) -- Twenty-eight years after the "Boston Massacre"
set the stage for Bucky Dent and yet another Yankees championship,
New York is snuffing out the Red Sox once again.

Changing the style -- but not the outcome -- of an epic series
that's propelled them to a 5½-game lead in the AL East, the Yankees
beat Boston for the fourth consecutive time on Sunday night, coming
back with two homers and five RBI from Jason Giambi to win 8-5 in
10 innings.

The Red Sox held a 5-3 lead entering the 8th inning Sunday night, but lost 8-5 to the Yankees in 10 innings. During the first four games of the series, all Yankees wins, Boston's bullpen has gone
0-2 and the numbers behind those losses aren't any prettier.

IP
H
ER
BB
ERA

First 3 games

13.1

22

18

14

12.18

Sunday night

3.0

6

5

2

15.00

"This could have been the most incredible of them all," New
York manager Joe Torre said. "This ballclub just won't be
denied."

Giambi led off the 10th with his second homer and Jorge Posada
added a two-run shot for the Yankees, who have beaten Boston in the
first four games of the five-game series and turned a 3½-game
deficit into a 5½-game lead in just one month. A victory on Monday
would top the 1978 series known as the "Boston Massacre" -- a
four-game September sweep that erased the remnants of Boston's
14-game lead on the Yankees in the division.

"It's not fair. Those guys are not playing around," Red Sox
designated hitter David Ortiz said. "It's bad, but things can
change. We've got five weeks to play and we have time to fix this
up."

After pounding the Red Sox for 39 runs in the first three games,
the Yankees sat back against Curt Schilling and pounced on the
Boston bullpen. New York trailed 5-3 after seven and 5-4 after
eight before sending it into extras when Melky Cabrera doubled to
lead off the ninth and scored on Derek Jeter's two-out flare to
right.

Ortiz hit his major league-leading 44th homer in the fourth and
doubled off Mariano Rivera (5-5) to lead off the ninth. Boston
loaded the bases with one out, but Rivera pitched out of it and
then added a scoreless 10th, getting Ortiz to fly out meekly to
right to end the game.

Craig Hansen (1-1) gave up three runs and three hits while
striking out two for Boston.

"It might have been the greatest four games I played in my
career," Giambi said. "Both teams are going back and forth like
prize fighters. It's like whoever gets the best at bat."

Schilling stopped the Yankees' offensive onslaught, overcoming a
57-minute rain delay to last seven innings and leave with a 5-3
lead. But Mike Timlin and Javier Lopez loaded the bases, and by the
time Jonathan Papelbon pitched out of it, Giambi had brought the
Yankees within one.

Papelbon struck out Robinson Cano and, with the remnants of the
sellout crowd standing and cheering, he fanned Posada to end the
eighth. The rookie right-hander bounded off the mound, pumping his
fist in celebration.

But Cabrera doubled to lead off the ninth and took third on a
wild pitch. Bernie Williams, pinch-hitting, struck out, and then
former Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon, who was 9-for-18 in the
first three games of the series, struck out on three pitches.

Jeter looped a flare in front of right fielder Gabe Kapler to
tie it.

Mike Mussina left because of tightness in his groin after four
innings and just 62 pitches with the scored tied 3-3; he is winless
in four starts since July 30.

Game notes
ESPN reporter Bonnie Bernstein sought refuge from the rain
in the Red Sox dugout to file her in-game reports. Team officials
asked her to leave when the rain stopped. ... Boston LF Manny
Ramirez was 2-for-2 with three walks, two intentional. ...
Schilling struck out seven to move eight shy of the 3,000-strikeout
milestone. ... Rodriguez was in the lineup at designated hitter on
Sunday and Jeter was scheduled to DH on Monday. ... Ramirez doubled
in the first for his ninth consecutive 100-RBI season, most of any
active player. ... ... Boston SS Alex Gonzalez was out of the
lineup with back spasms for the second consecutive game.