Bosox Tee Off Against Wells

The Boston Red Sox set a record on Friday, hitting seven homeruns against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. David Wells (10-3) tossed his glove and cap into the stands in disgust while leaving the game after allowing five of those shots and the Sox went on to trample the Yankees 10-3, giving them the first game of their four-game set.

Boston catcher Jason Varitek and designated hitter David Ortiz both homered twice, and Bill Mueller homered once from each side of the plate. Manny Ramirez added a dinger of his own for the Sox, who scored all of their runs via the homerun.

Wells got off to a hot start, blazing through the first two innings without allowing a baserunner. But he hit a wall in the third inning, when he gave up a leadoff single and then walked Gabe Kapler. Wells walked two batters on Friday after walking just four batters all season. Varitek hit his first homerun to put the Sox up 3-2, then Ramirez added his shot to put them ahead 5-2.

From there it was all Boston, who rallied behind Derek Lowe (10-3) to help extend his win streak to seven straight decisions. Lowe got off to a rocky start, allowing a leadoff homerun to Alfonso Soriano and an RBI single to Hideki Matsui in the first, but he settled down.

Lowe lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on ten hits and a walk while striking out two. The other run came on Karim Garcia's eight homerun of the year and third as a Yankee. Garcia has now homered in three straight games.

Wells left in the sixth inning after allowing eight runs on ten hits – five homeruns – and the two walks. He struck out five batters through 5 2/3, but left in disgust after allowing two more homeruns and a single in the sixth. The lefty suffered just his first loss since May 24.

The Yankees will look to turn things around on Saturday at 1:15 pm, when they will face Boston again. Ramiro Mendoza (1-3, 6.81) will come off the disabled list and gets the start against the team that he had previously spent his entire career with. Roger Clemens (8-5, 3.36) will take the mound for the Yankees against his former team.

Notes: Todd Jones, signed by the Red Sox on Wednesday, made his Boston debut against the Yanks, throwing two scoreless innings … Every Boston player had a hit except for Kevin Millar, who went 0/5 … The Yankees had allowed six homeruns on four previous occasions.

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