NEW YORK -- Every time the fans booed, David Ortiz responded by reaching base.
Ortiz was quoted in Monday's editions of the Boston Globe as saying power hitters deserve MVP awards, remarks some took as a putdown of Derek Jeter's qualifications. Ortiz was booed loudly every time he batted and greeted with chants of "Derek Jeter !"
"I didn't expect it," Jeter said.
Jeter said Ortiz's remarks were "over with." The Yankees star joked with the Boston slugger when Ortiz was at second base.
"Nothing any different than we always do," Jeter said. "You joke around a little bit when you're playing against people."
Ortiz was not available to reporters between games, but manager Terry Francona spoke about the fans' chants and boos.
"It's the way he reacts to every reception," Francona said. "He didn't lose his focus, which was good."
New York blew open the AL East with a five-game series sweep at Fenway Park from Aug. 18-21 and entered this series with a six-game winning streak, its longest of the season. Friday's rain, which led to consecutive split doubleheaders, gave way to sunshine that had Yankee Stadium's famous late-season shadows creeping from the right-field line in the late innings.
"Winning tonight doesn't take back last month," Francona said.
New York's magic number for clinching its ninth straight division title remained at six, but the Yankees' AL East lead is a comfortable 10½ games over second-place Boston, which began the day 7½ games back of Minnesota in the wild-card race.
"We're still trying to win a division, so our intensity level has to remain up," Jeter said. "It's not like we're playing and we have nothing to play for. We still have to win some games."
Jeter singled in the fifth inning, extending his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest for the Yankees since current batting coach Don Mattingly had a 24-game run in 1986.
Jeter went 1-for-5 to leave his league-leading average at .34446, just ahead of Minnesota's Joe Mauer (.34388), who played later Saturday.
"We've got two weeks left. I'm not even thinking about that," Jeter said.
Josh Beckett (15-10) allowed four hits and five walks in six innings, but the only hit that cost him was Robinson Cano's two-run homer in the second. Beckett took over the team lead in wins, with one more than Curt Schilling.
"I definitely had to learn the hard way in a few starts this year," Beckett said. "Did I win enough? No, and most of that was my fault. I need to stick to my game plan and not be wishy-washy out there."
Keith Foulke allowed his first two batters to reach in the eighth, then got three straight outs, and Mike Timlin finished for his sixth save. New York had its leadoff man on in each of the last four innings without scoring.
Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang (17-6) lost for the first time in six starts since Aug. 13, giving up three runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. Given that he's 10-3 at Yankee Stadium, he appears likely to start one of the first two playoff games along with Randy Johnson or Mike Mussina.
"He, Moose and Randy, as far I'm concerned, I trust them all," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.
Boston rallied in the fourth, when Trot Nixon doubled leading off and Eric Hinske reached on an infield single, with Jeter making a diving stop and then throwing from his knees only to have the ball skip past first baseman Jason Giambi.
New York relievers Ron Villone and Brian Bruney combined to walk four straight batters in the seventh, including Nixon with the bases loaded, and Octavio Dotel threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the ninth.
Boston's lineup was missing outfielders Manny Ramirez (knee) and Coco Crisp (sore finger), while several other regulars were rested in the opener. The Red Sox were just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, and the Yankees 0-for-7.
- New York plans to have Gary Sheffield play in a simulated game before a batting practice on their trip next week before activating him. Sheffield had wrist surgery on June 13.
- Johnson was to start the second game for the Yankees, facing Julian Tavarez.
- Hideki Matsui will return to left field during the final homestand, Torre said.