Red Sox first baseman and honorary Duck Dynasty member Mike Napoli hit two home runs as Boston made it three straight over the rival Yankees. Boston continued their high scoring ways with a 13-9 win in the Bronx.
Outfielder Jonny Gomes and Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts also connected, and the Red Sox upped their lead in the American League East to 8 games over Tampa.
According to ESPN, the Red Sox became the first visiting team in more than a century to score at least nine runs on three straight days against the Yankees. The last time it happened, in 1912, they weren’t even called the Yankees, they were the New York Highlanders.
Sox starter John Lackey (9-12) finally got some run support and for the first time all year, earned a win in a game where he allowed more than two earned runs.
Besides falling 11 games back, the Yankees lost Derek Jeter in the sixth inning because, according to the FOX Sports broadcast, of an “issue” near his surgically repaired left ankle, broken last season during Game 1 of the ALCS.
TSJ 101 will update Jeter’s condition as information becomes available.