• Summary: Josh Beckett overcame a rocky outing, and David Ortiz belted a two-run shot as the rampaging Red Sox sank the Yanks for their fourth straight win. A-Rod's homer string ended at four straight games.
• Turning point: Boston clung to a one-run lead until Ortiz hit a shot over the right field wall, his sixth homer of the year. The drive, Ortiz's 179th as a Red Sox, moved him ahead of Nomar Garciaparra and into 10th place on the team's career list.
• Hero: After getting hit for four runs in the first two innings, Beckett rebounded to retire 15 of the next 17 batters in winning his AL-leading fourth game. Beckett gave up four runs, nine hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.
• Figure this: A-Rod extended his hitting streak to 21 with a third-inning double.
• Quotable: "It was a heavyweight fight the first couple of innings. Once Beckett got the lead, he settled in." -- Yankees manager Joe Torre.
-- ESPN.com news services
Red Sox 7, Yankees 5
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox managed to keep Alex Rodriguez from
hitting another home run. The Yankees can't say the same about
David Ortiz. Ortiz had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and Josh Beckett
settled down to help Boston beat New York 7-5 Saturday for its
second consecutive victory over the Yankees. It was Ortiz's fourth
homer in seven games and his 12th in the past two years against New
York. "Any time he comes up, you're playing with fire," Yankees
starter Jeff Karstens said. Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single to extend
his hitting streak to 21 games dating to last season. But a day
after he hit two home runs to match the fastest start in baseball
history -- 12 homers in the first 15 games -- his home run streak was
snapped at four straight games. Rodriguez was on deck, the potential tying run, when Jonathan
Papelbon got Bobby Abreu on a line drive to center field to end it.
Papelbon got three outs for his fifth save in as many tries. "To not have it get to Alex ... it was starting to get to
decision time," said Boston manager Terry Francona, whose team has
won four straight and seven of eight. "The fewer decisions you
have to make, the better." Beckett (4-0) allowed a pair of runs in each of the first two
innings, but retired 15 out of 17 batters before allowing three
straight baserunners with two outs in the seventh to cut Boston's
lead to 7-5. Hideki Okajima struck out Jason Giambi to end the
threat. Beckett, who allowed a total of three earned runs while winning
each of his first three starts, gave up five runs in all against
the Yankees -- four earned. He allowed nine hits, walked two and
struck out seven to pick up his career-high fourth consecutive win. "It was a heavyweight fight the first couple of innings,"
Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Once Beckett got the lead, he
settled in." The Red Sox also scored two in each of the first two innings
against Karstens (0-1), and they kept on scoring. He allowed seven
runs and nine hits, striking out one with two walks, one of them to
Kevin Youkilis with two outs in the fourth before Ortiz hit a
two-run homer that turned a one-run game into a 7-4 lead. "Him and Manny [Ramirez]. Both of them have done so much damage
to us over the years," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "We'd
love to always face them with nobody on base. That's why their
first two hitters are so important." On Friday night, the Red Sox rallied from a 6-2 deficit with
five runs in the eighth inning to beat the Yankees in the opener of
the three-game series. Sunday's finale will feature Japanese star
Daisuke Matsuzaka against New York rookie Chase Wright. "It's the Yankees vs. the Red Sox," Torre said. "We don't sit
up at night to see who they're pitching."<
Boston LF Manny Ramirez made an interesting move to hop over Rodriguez's double off the Green Monster, either trying to get out of the way or trying to stop it with his foot. ... OF Coco Crisp, DH Ortiz and third-base coach DeMarlo Hale will wear No. 42 on Sunday for Boston's rain-delayed tribute to Jackie Robinson. ... Ortiz's 179th homer as a Red Sox moved him ahead of Nomar Garciaparra and into 10th place on the team's career list. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Yankees closer Mariano Rivera got a standing ovation from the fans in the right-field corner when he went out to the bullpen in the fifth. ... Coco Crisp and Alex Cora had consecutive bunt singles in the second inning, and both scored as the Red Sox rallied to tie it at 4. ... Injured Yankees RHP Mike Mussina (strained left hamstring) threw 30 pitches off flat ground. His next step could be a rehab stint. RHP Carl Pavano (right forearm stiffness) played catch from 60 feet and will do it again before determining what to do next. ... Yankees CF Johnny Damon was out of the lineup with a sore back and hamstring. C Jorge Posada sat out after bruising his thumb on Friday night.