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BOSTON, MA - JULY 06: Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees hits a two run triple in the 7th inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 6, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 06: Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees hits a two run triple in the 7th inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 6, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) _ Mark Teixeira hit a two-run single in the Yankees’
five-run first inning and a two-run triple in the seventh to give
them the lead for good on Friday night as New York beat the Boston
Red Sox 10-8.

Alex Rodriguez had three hits and Curtis Granderson scored three
times for the Yankees, who improved to 3-0 against Boston this
year.

David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits apiece for
Boston, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer to help the
Red Sox rally after Josh Beckett gave up five runs in the top of
the first. It was 5-all when the inning ended.

Rafael Soriano got four outs for his 20th save _ his first save
of more than one inning since 2007.

Boone Logan (4-0) wound up with the win and Andrew Miller (2-1)
took the loss.

It was the first game between the two rivals since the Yankees
rallied from a 9-0 deficit with seven runs in the seventh and seven
more in the eighth to win 15-9 on April 21 at Fenway Park.

This time, neither team could hold a lead.

The Yankees coughed up a 5-0 lead in the first and a 6-5 lead in
the second, and Boston led 7-6 after five. But New York scored four
times in the seventh inning, taking an 8-7 lead on Teixeira’s
triple.

Raul Ibanez doubled in Teixeira and scored on Eric Chavez’s
single to make it 10-7.

Beckett allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks, striking
out five in five innings.

The first five Yankees all reached base _ and scored _ on three
singles, a hit batsman and a walk. When Beckett got Nick Swisher on
a flyout to right, the crowd cheered sarcastically, and it booed as
he walked off the field at the end of the inning.

But Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was just as bad, giving up
seven runs _ six earned _ on 10 hits and a walk while striking out
three in 5 2-3 innings.

The Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the first, thanks in part
to a two-run double by Gonzalez followed by Saltalamacchia’s
career-high 17th homer.

The teams traded single runs in the second inning before the
pitchers settled down. The Yankees nearly took the lead in the
fifth when Rodriguez singled and stole two bases. But he was thrown
out trying to score on a grounder to second when Daniel Nava came
home with the throw and Saltalamacchia blocked the plate.

Boston took a 7-6 lead in the fifth when Gonzalez singled, took
second on a wild pitch and scored on Mauro Gomez’s single _ his
first career RBI.

But the Yankees went ahead after Miller came in to start the
seventh.

Granderson walked and Rodriguez singled and, after Robinson Cano
struck out, Vicente Padilla came on to face Teixeira. The Yankees
first baseman lined a triple to the deepest part of the ballpark,
the center field triangle, just short of the 420-foot marker.

Granderson and Rodriguez scored and Teixeira slid into third
without drawing a throw.

The Red Sox threatened another comeback when Cody Ross led off
the bottom half with a homer and Gonzalez singled. But Logan struck
out Saltalamacchia and Cody Eppley came on.

Gomez singled, but Mike Aviles hit a grounder that drew Jeter
deep into the hole to his right and he threw to third for the force
on Gonzalez. David Robertson struck out Nick Punto with runners on
second and third to end the inning.

NOTES: The Red Sox and Yankees promoted a “hashtag battle” on
Twitter, with each team promising fans autographed souvenirs if it
won. … Before the game, the Red Sox honored Ortiz for his 400th
career home run. Boston Mayor Tom Menino joined the owners on the
field, and many Yankees went to the top step of their dugout to
applaud. … Cano drove in a run for the ninth straight game, the
longest streak for a Yankee since Jeter had nine in 2004. …
Before the game, the Red Sox put 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day DL
with a hyperextended right thumb. INF Pedro Ciriaco was selected
from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place, and Rich Hill was
transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Ciriaco on the 40-man
roster. The Red Sox also activated OF Scott Podsednik from the
15-day disabled list and optioned him to Pawtucket. … Russell
Martin was hitless in three at-bats, making him hitless in his last
30. … Former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald made his Yankees
debut as a defensive replacement in the ninth.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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