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Red Sox hold off Yankees to improve to 7-0 against rivals

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BOSTON -- Mark Teixeira couldn't keep the New York Yankees from losing their eighth straight game to Boston -- even with four hits, including his AL-leading 19th homer of the year.

Now the Yankees' top pitching prize will have to try to stop the skid.

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Mike Lowell homered off struggling Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang, and Kevin Youkilis also connected to help give Boston a 6-5 victory on Wednesday night and a 7-0 record against New York this year. Wang was the second straight Yankees starter to leave after getting just eight outs, a trend CC Sabathia will try to reverse when he pitches against Brad Penny in the series finale on Thursday.

"Hopefully, we can sweep them again tomorrow," said Tim Wakefield, who beat the Yankees for the second straight time after losing to them in nine of his previous 10 decisions.

Teixeira spurned the Red Sox in the offseason to sign a $180 million, eight-year contract with their rivals -- the biggest for a position player on the free-agent market. Sabathia got the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history over the winter -- a $161 million, seven-year contract.

The big left-hander will try to stop the skid and save a bullpen that couldn't rescue either A.J. Burnett or Wang (0-4) when they couldn't get out of the third inning. Yankees manager Joe Girardi would not commit to giving Wang, whose ERA dropped from 14.46 to 14.34, another turn in the rotation.

"I'm not ready to make that decision right now," Girardi said. "We're seven minutes after the game, so it's something we'll discuss. I'll sleep on it. In five days, somebody will be out there."

Wakefield (8-3) allowed eight hits in six innings and improved to 5-0 at Fenway Park in five starts this year. The knuckleballer handed a 6-3 lead to a bullpen that had given up just one earned run in the last 17 1/3 innings. Ramon Ramirez gave up back-to-back homers to Johnny Damon and Teixeira in the seventh.

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Hideki Okajima got four outs, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

"It's a tough bullpen, one of the toughest I've ever seen," Teixeira said.

Boston, which also beat the Yankees in their last matchup of the 2008 season, has its longest winning streak against New York since 1912, when Fenway Park opened and the Yankees were still the Highlanders.

"We're moving guys over, we're getting big two-out hits, and when you do those little things like that and you're playing good baseball you're going to win ballgames -- regardless of it's the Yankees or anybody else," Papelbon said. "We just happen to be playing good baseball against them right now and we've got to keep this momentum."

Wang was restored to the rotation after two scoreless relief appearances, but his troubles soon returned. He gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Texas last Thursday, and gave up four runs and six hits versus Boston.

Notes

  • Teixeira hit right-handed against Wakefield. Nick Swisher hit left-handed and bunted, then right-handed and walked.
  • Among Boston's picks in the draft were RHP Luke Bard, the brother of Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard. The Yankees grabbed 1B Luke Murton, the brother of Rockies OF Matt Murton.
  • Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury was off for the second straight night while nursing a sore shoulder.
  • Yankees OF Xavier Nady (15-day DL, right elbow) will be with the team on Friday and work out over the weekend.
  • Swisher misplayed a fly ball for a ground-rule double in the second inning, then went over the wall into the stands after a foul ball.
  • Wang has left his five starts trailing by a combined score of 27-3.
  • New York's Hideki Matsui ended an 0-for-16 slump with a second-inning double.
  • A.J. Burnett lasted just 2 2/3 in the Yankees' series-opening loss on Tuesday.
 
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Jorge Posada and the Yankees can't solve Kevin Youkilis and the rival Red Sox this season.  (AP)
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Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5000015 .295
Johnny Damon, LF5111013 .291
Mark Teixeira, 1B5241000 .296
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000202 .231
    Ramiro Pena, PR0000000 .243
Robinson Cano, 2B5001024 .293
Jorge Posada, C5121011 .297
Hideki Matsui, DH3120111 .253
Nick Swisher, RF2010211 .256
    Brett Gardner, PR-CF0000000 .267
Melky Cabrera, CF-RF3011001 .293
Totals36511557  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira 2 (17, Wakefield, Wakefield), Hideki Matsui (12, Wakefield)
HR - Johnny Damon (13, Ramirez), Mark Teixeira (19, Ramirez), Jorge Posada (9, Wakefield)
SH - Melky Cabrera (3)
RBI - Johnny Damon (35), Mark Teixeira (52), Robinson Cano (35), Jorge Posada (28), Melky Cabrera (24)
SB - Ramiro Pena (3, 2nd base off Papelbon/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 10
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (L,0-4) 2.2644331 14.34
Phil Hughes 3.2222251 5.26
Phil Coke 0.2000000 4.13
Alfredo Aceves 1100100 2.59
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 69-39, Phil Hughes 63-37, Phil Coke 9-6, Alfredo Aceves 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 3-2, Phil Hughes 3-3, Phil Coke 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 17, Phil Hughes 15, Phil Coke 2, Alfredo Aceves 5
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5011001 .310
J.D. Drew, RF2210301 .262
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4112114 .350
Jason Bay, LF4011032 .278
Mike Lowell, 3B4111002 .296
David Ortiz, DH2000200 .196
Mark Kotsay, CF4010014 .286
Nick Green, SS4110022 .278
George Kottaras, C4121012 .212
Totals3369668  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (17, Wang), George Kottaras 2 (7, Wang, Aceves)
3B - J.D. Drew (2, Hughes)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (10, Hughes), Mike Lowell (10, Wang)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (24), Kevin Youkilis 2 (37), Jason Bay (56), Mike Lowell (39), George Kottaras (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Green-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (W,8-3) 6833321 4.50
Ramon Ramirez (H,8) 0.2322012 1.86
Hideki Okajima (H,10) 1.1000130 2.42
Jonathan Papelbon (S,15) 1000110 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 88-52, Ramon Ramirez 22-14, Hideki Okajima 24-14, Jonathan Papelbon 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 5-10, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 28, Ramon Ramirez 5, Hideki Okajima 5, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38121
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt