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Giambi hits two homers, Yanks devastate Red Sox in 10th inning

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BOSTON -- 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.

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"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.

"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.

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.
 
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Clear for takeoff! Jason Giambi launches a solo home run in the 10th to put the Yanks up for good.  (AP)
Clear for takeoff! Jason Giambi launches a solo home run in the 10th to put the Yanks up for good. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

J. Giambi
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
 

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5110011 .296
Derek Jeter, SS4121010 .337
Bobby Abreu, RF4120121 .300
Jason Giambi, 1B4235011 .261
    Craig Wilson, 1B0000000 .265
Alex Rodriguez, DH-3B4010122 .287
Robinson Cano, 2B5110016 .328
Jorge Posada, C4112114 .270
Melky Cabrera, LF5110011 .290
Nick Green, 3B3000030 .179
   a- Bernie Williams, PH-RF2000011 .281
    Aaron Guiel, RF0000000 .235
Totals40812831417 
a-struck out for Green in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Giambi (19, Schilling), Robinson Cano (24, Hansen), Melky Cabrera (18, Papelbon)
HR - Jason Giambi 2 (36, Schilling, Hansen), Jorge Posada (16, Hansen)
SF - Jason Giambi (6)
RBI - Derek Jeter (76), Jason Giambi 5 (101), Jorge Posada 2 (65)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (29)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Green-Cano-Giambi
PB - Jorge Posada (12)
E - Robinson Cano (8, ), Johnny Damon (3, )
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina 4733020 3.61
Ron Villone 2311111 2.84
Mike Myers 0.1011200 2.82
Scott Proctor 1.2100020 3.47
Mariano Rivera (W,5-5) 2200210 1.88
IBB - Ramirez by Mike Myers, Ramirez by Mariano Rivera, by Lowell
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 62-42, Ron Villone 40-23, Mike Myers 16-6, Scott Proctor 30-21, Mariano Rivera 30-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 4-5, Ron Villone 2-3, Mike Myers 1-0, Scott Proctor 1-3, Mariano Rivera 3-2
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 18, Ron Villone 10, Mike Myers 3, Scott Proctor 7, Mariano Rivera 10
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF6000012 .271
Mark Loretta, 2B5220100 .309
David Ortiz, DH6231001 .286
Manny Ramirez, LF2021300 .330
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5122004 .293
Mike Lowell, 3B4020101 .288
Wily Mo Pena, RF4000016 .295
    Gabe Kapler, RF0000000 .226
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-RF1000013 .267
Doug Mirabelli, C5011027 .197
Alex Cora, SS5010012 .282
Totals4351355626 
a-struck out for Kapler in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (24, M. Rivera), Manny Ramirez (26, Mussina)
HR - David Ortiz (44, Villone)
RBI - David Ortiz (117), Manny Ramirez (100), Kevin Youkilis 2 (64), Doug Mirabelli (20)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (41), Doug Mirabelli (5)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Loretta-Cora-Youkilis
E - Curt Schilling (2, )
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling 7633171 3.84
Mike Timlin0111000 4.05
Javier Lopez0000100 4.15
Jonathan Papelbon (BS,6) 2211150 1.00
Craig Hansen (L,1-1) 1333022 6.60
HBP - Jeter (by Mike Timlin)
WP - Jonathan Papelbon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 109-75, Mike Timlin 3-2, Jonathan Papelbon 42-28, Craig Hansen 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 6-7
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 27, Mike Timlin 2, Javier Lopez 1, Jonathan Papelbon 9, Craig Hansen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36155
Game Time - 4:17
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Joe West