Yankees pull off dramatic sweep of Red Sox

Posted: Friday, July 02, 2004

NEW YORK Bloodied and bruised, Derek Jeter showed just why the New York Yankees always seem to come out ahead of Boston.

The All-Star shortstop made one of the greatest plays of his championship career, hurtling headfirst into the stands at full tilt for a catch to end the 12th inning. While he was on his way to a hospital, the Yankees rallied for a stirring sweep with a 5-4 victory in 13 innings.

Manny Ramirez homered twice, including a leadoff shot in the top of the 13th. But with two outs in the bottom half, Miguel Cairo hit a tying double and scored on pinch-hitter John Flaherty's game-winning single.

Pedro Martinez got the game off to a hot start, hitting Gary Sheffield in the back with a pitch in the opening inning and riling up the sellout crowd. Yankees rookie Brad Halsey matched Martinez into the middle innings, and then the real drama began.

The Yankees extended their AL East lead over Boston to 8 1/2 games. The Red Sox have lost eight of 11.

In a game that had a little bit of everything, both teams blew bases-loaded chances in extra innings before the Yankees wound up with their fifth straight win.

Tanyon Sturtze (3-0) got the win, and Curtis Leskanic (0-4) took the loss.

White Sox 2, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer, Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings and the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

Indians 7, Tigers 6

DETROIT Jody Gerut homered in the 10th inning and Cleveland snapped Detroit's six-game winning streak.

Dmitri Young hit a grand slam for the Tigers, and Bobby Higginson tied it at 6 with a home run off David Riske in the ninth inning. But Riske (4-2) escaped a jam, and Rick White got three outs for his first save.

Blue Jays 14, Devil Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Eric Hinske drove in three runs and had three of Toronto's season-high 20 hits, leading Miguel Batista and the Blue Jays over Tampa Bay.

Athletics 7, Angels 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Damian Miller hit two of Oakland's five home runs, and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep.

Mariners 8, Rangers 4

SEATTLE Australian left-hander Travis Blackley won his major league debut, and Randy Winn drove in three runs for the Mariners.

Orioles 3, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Rafael Palmeiro homered and David Newhan drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Orioles to their first series win since late May.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-4) survived a rough first inning and retired the last 15 batters he faced to lead Baltimore to its third win in four games against Kansas City. Lopez allowed two runs and four hits, and struck out four in six innings.

Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances, completing the four-hitter.

The Orioles retired the last 24 Kansas City batters, and the Royals didn't have a baserunner after the first inning.

Zack Greinke (1-5) gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out a career-high seven.

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