Yankees Use Long Ball To Split Series With Boston

Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and Jason Giambi hit a three-run home run, accounting for half of the Bombers' home runs Sunday, as the New York Yankees pounded the Red Sox into submission in a 14-5 drubbing in Boston. With the outburst, the Yankees earned a split of the four-game series in Boston and moved to within one game of the AL East lead...currently owned by Boston.

Robin Ventura hit a pinch hit, three-run home run as part of a 5-run eighth inning, and Ron Coomer and Jorge Posada hit two-run home runs to extend the Yankees' major league lead in home runs to 82 (in 51 games).

The Yankees bats came alive to help pick up starter Mike Mussina who, as Roger Clemens and David Wells had previously in the series, struggled mightily. Boston took an early 2-0 lead when Shea Hillenbrand and Brian Daubach hit a pair of solo home runs in the second inning.

Mussina (7-2, 4.42 ERA) lasted just six innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and one walk.

Jorge Posada broke a 2-for-25 slump with a two-run home run in the 4th inning to even the game up at 2-2.

New York broke it open in the fifth inning, clubbing three home runs and scoring six runs in the frame to take an 8-2 lead...a lead the Yankees would never relinquish. Soriano led off the 5th inning with a solo home run. After Derek Jeter walked, Bernie Williams singled to left field. Jason Giambi gave the Yankees their third hit of the inning (with no outs when he deposited a three-run home run into centerfield off of Boston starter, Darren Oliver (4-4, 5.14 ERA).

Still with nobody out in the fifth inning and the score now 6-2, Ron Coomer hit his third home run of the season, driving in Jorge Posada who singled in the previous at-bat, to extend the lead to 8-2.

Mussina allowed three runs on four hits in the bottom of the 5th inning to give Boston some slight glimmer of hope before Alfonso Soriano hit a HR for the second straight inning...another solo shot in the top of the sixth inning.

Bernie Williams added an RBI single in the 8th inning followed by an RBI sacrafice fly by Jorge Posada. Robin Ventura pinch hit for Coomer and iced the scoring for the Yankees, hitting a three-run home run and giving the Yankees a 14-5 lead.

Reliever Mike Stanton threw two innings of shut out ball and Randy Choate pitched a scoreless ninth to help salvage the split with Boston.

The Yankees (33-18) head to Chicago Monday to take on the White Sox for a three-game set. RHP Mike Thurman makes his 2002 season debut for the Bombers and opposes Dan Wright (5-4, 5.27 ERA).


- Derek Jeter went 0-3 with three walks, ending his 16-game hit streak, one game short of his career high.
- With the two HRs, Soriano now shares the AL lead in HRs with Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers.
- Sunday was Alfonso Soriano's second career multi-home run game. The other was on May 8th against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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