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Pettitte strong in Yankees' 10-3 win over Red Sox

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) -- Andy Pettitte changed his ways.

Alfonso Soriano just keeps going.

The Yankees outfielder had three hits and drove in four more
runs - giving him 18 RBIs in his last four games - and Pettitte
avoided his recent first-inning troubles to lead New York to a
10-3 victory over the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox on Friday

Soriano, who was traded to New York from the Chicago Cubs last
month, was 3 for 4 with a hit-by-pitch and a three-run homer in
the third that made it 6-0.

"Here we go again," Soriano said as he approached reporters
after the game. "I think the motivation (is) going back to the
Yankees, trying to help the team win."

The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games and sent the Red
Sox to their third consecutive loss. With Tampa Bay's victory
over Toronto, Boston's lead in the division was trimmed to one
game; the Yankees are 7 1/2 games back in the division and 5 1/2
back in the AL wild-card race.

"You're looking at a powerful right-handed hitter in the middle
of the lineup who caught fire since he came over," Red Sox
manager John Farrell said. "It's had an enormous (impact) on
their offense."

Alex Rodriguez had a pair of singles while getting booed loudly
in his first appearance in Boston since he was suspended 211
games in baseball's latest steroid scandal. Rodriguez, who is
allowed to play pending his appeal, was also mocked by fans with
chants of "You do steroids" and signs that said, "A-Roid" and

"That reaction was pretty close to usual," he said. "We're in
playoff baseball. Every game means the world to us. We're trying
to stay very focused in here."

Pettitte (8-9) had allowed a run in the first inning in a
franchise-record eight consecutive starts. But this time he
retired the first eight Red Sox batters before Will Middlebrooks
singled in the third. In all, Pettitte allowed three runs - none
earned - on six hits and a walk, striking out five in 6 2-3
innings to win for the first time in six starts.

"It was one of those nights were I felt like everything was
working," Pettitte said. "It was a big win for us. We've got to
win this series. We've got to win a lot of series."

Mark Reynolds, who was released by the Cleveland Indians last
week, hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the second
to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. He is the 14th player in
franchise history to homer in his first Yankees at-bat.

Felix Doubront (8-6) allowed seven runs - six earned - on eight
hits and two walks, striking out four in four innings. It was
the first time in 17 starts that he allowed more than three
earned runs and just the second time all season.

"Two swings cost us five runs," said Farrell, whose team also
committed three errors for the second time in three games. "This
wasn't one of our more sharp efforts."

The Red Sox trailed 7-1 when they finally got to Pettitte in the

Dustin Pedroia reached and went to second on an error, then
scored when David Ortiz line a ball off the left field Wall. But
Soriano threw Ortiz out trying to stretch it into a double. One
out later, Stephen Drew doubled and Mike Napoli walked and
Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in a run to make it 7-3.

Pinch-hitter Mike Carp tried to take first base, claiming he was
hit in the foot by a pitch in the dirt, but was called back by
home plate umpire Bill Welke. Carp was called out on strikes two
pitches later and he slammed his helmet to the ground and was
quickly ejected.

Boston also threatened in the eighth, getting runners on first
and second with one out. But Ortiz lined it to Rodriguez, who
was shifted into the shortstop's position, and he threw to
second to double off Shane Victorino.

Ichiro Suzuki had one hit, a run-scoring Baltimore chop in the
three-run ninth, giving him 3,995 combined in the major leagues
and Japan.

NOTES: Yankees SS Derek Jeter (strained right calf) shifted his
rehab program to the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa,
Fla., where he took 34 swings over five rounds of batting
practice. He also fielded 43 grounders and made throws to first
base. ... Robinson Cano singled in the fourth to extend his
hitting streak to 11 games. ... The attendance of 38,143 was a
season-high at Fenway Park. ... The Red Sox committed three
errors - Pedroia, Drew and pitcher Rubby De la Rosa - and the
Yankees had two, both by shortstop Eduardo Nunez.

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