Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4

NEW YORK -- There were no roundtable meetings here, although the Boston media corps (present company included) was the last to know the last time, so check back in a few days.

By all accounts, the Boston Red Sox owners who parachuted in on the club in Baltimore on Thursday night to lend moral support did not follow the team to New York, so they did not bear witness to the five home runs the New York Yankees hit en route to a 6-4 win over the Sox at Yankee Stadium Friday night.

Nick Swisher hit two -- one from each side of the plate -- Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back with cheapies into the right-field porch, and Derek Jeter hit the 250th of his career as the Yanks did a number on Franklin Morales, who gave up four, and Clayton Mortensen, who threw a 3-and-0 meatball to Swisher in the seventh.

The Yanks have now had two five-homer games against the Red Sox this season, the first time they've done so in their history. They've outhomered the Red Sox 28-9, a better than 3-to-1 advantage.

Dustin Pedroia, on his 29th birthday, hit a three-run home run in the third, when the Sox scored four unearned runs off Yankees starter Phil Hughes. Pedroia made a strong bid for a game-tying home run in the eighth, but his aim was bad -- he hit one nearly 400 feet, but to the deepest part of the park, where Yankees center fielder Granderson made the catch.

The Sox, who managed just three singles after Pedroia's 10th home run of the season, are now 13½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East with 42 games left to play (the Yanks have 41). Not expecting Bobby Valentine to suggest that the Bombers, not the Sox, are the team that should worry about making the playoffs, as he did on his last visit here.

A silver lining to this one? Well, sure, the Futures at Fenway doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, with Class A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket scheduled to play.

And tucked at the bottom of the Red Sox media notes was this nugget: On Thursday, the club said, it exceeded 3 million tickets sold for the 2012 season, which pretty much ensures the vaunted sellout streak will continue. Never, it would seem, has so much been expended on so little. The Sox also passed 3 million in ticket sales in each of the previous four seasons.