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By JIMMY GOLEN

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run homer with a
career-high six RBIs as the Boston Red Sox continued their mastery
of CC Sabathia and beat the Yankees 10-4 on Saturday, ending New
York’s eight-game winning streak and moving back into a tie atop
the AL East.

Carl Crawford had four hits – giving him hits in six straight
plate appearances – and scored three runs to help Boston improve to
69-42 – the same as the Yankees – one day after falling out of
first for the first time in almost a month.

John Lackey (10-8) scattered six hits over six innings for the
Red Sox, who are 9-2 against New York this season and have clinched
at least a tie in the season series.

Sabathia (16-6) leads the majors in wins, and his 2.55 ERA
coming into the game was tied for fifth. But he fell to 0-4 with a
7.20 ERA against Boston this year after allowing seven runs in six
innings on Saturday, giving up nine hits and a walk and striking
out six.

Lackey allowed three runs – he also walked two and hit two
batters – while striking out five to win his fifth consecutive
decision.

It was 2-2 when Kevin Youkilis doubled to lead off the fourth
and, after David Ortiz struck out, Mike Aviles singled home one
run. Crawford singled and, one out later, Marco Scutaro singled in
another run before Ellsbury hit a high fly that landed in the first
row of the right-field seats next to the 380-foot marker.

The Yankees cut it to 7-4 on Mark Teixeira’s solo homer off
Daniel Bard in the eighth.

But Boston loaded the bases against Hector Noesi in the bottom
half before Ellsbury hit a two-run single and Dustin Pedroia added
a sacrifice fly to make it 10-4. Noesi finally got out of the
inning when he took Adrian Gonzalez’s line drive off his right
shoulder; the ball ricocheted toward first base, and Teixeira
picked it up and tagged the base for the out.

Francisco Cervelli had three hits for the Yankees, including a
leadoff double against Dan Wheeler in the ninth. With two on,
Teixeira lined the ball down the right-field line, just foul of the
Pesky Pole.

He flied out to center to end the game.

Notes: Sabathia is 16-2 against everyone besides the Red Sox.
… Yankees SS Alex Rodriguez took batting practice in Florida,
continuing his recovery from right knee surgery. The Yankees expect
him to rejoin the team in mid-August. … Aviles, who came to the
Red Sox from Kansas City at the trade deadline, made his first pro
appearance in the outfield. … The game was delayed briefly when a
beer vendor’s tray spilled over the wall near the Yankees dugout,
scattering cans on the dirt. … Curtis Granderson scored his major
league-leading 100th run in the fourth. … For the series finale
on Sunday, Freddy Garcia will face Josh Beckett. Garcia has won
three straight starts, but on the year he is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA
in two starts against Boston. “They’ve hit him pretty good,”
manager Joe Girardi said. “Freddy’s been pretty consistent. Those
are his starts that weren’t.” Beckett is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA
against the Yankees this year.

  (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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