BOSTON (AP) -- The New York Yankees had to work extra long to
extend their lead in the AL East.
The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 14-11 to complete a sweep of
Friday's day-night doubleheader and give New York a season-high
3½-game lead in the division. At 4 hours, 45 minutes, the nightcap
was the longest nine-inning game in major-league history, and it
came on top of a relatively speedy 3:55 afternoon contest.
"We kept looking up and it kept being the fourth inning. It was
nuts," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I'm proud of it,
especially in this ballpark, where every game seems like it's the
longest game in history."
The teams combined for 41 runs and 61 hits. Twenty pitchers --
that's counting Mike Myers and Scott Proctor twice -- threw 783
pitches. In all, the teams played 8:40 minutes of baseball, from
Jason Johnson's first pitch at 1:10 p.m. until Mariano Rivera
covered first to retire Wily Mo Pena at 12:52 a.m.
"I don't even remember half of it," said Derek Jeter, who hit
a bases-clearing double in a seven-run seventh inning to give New
York an 11-10 lead.
"It feels great," Jeter said sarcastically, "especially when
we have another one in a few hours."
Chien-Ming Wang (14-5) beat Jason Johnson (3-12) in the first
Johnny Damon had six of New York's 34 hits on the day, including
a pair of two-run homers. Bobby Abreu had four hits to lead the
Yankees to a 12-4 victory in the early game, then added two more in
the sequel as the Yankees guaranteed that they will leave town
after the five-game series with the division lead.
"It was a long, frustrating day," said Red Sox second baseman
Mark Loretta, who had three doubles in the first game and went
3-for-6 with four RBI in the second for Boston, which has lost
nine of 13. "We have our work cut out for us in this series."
The night game surpassed the 4:27 it took the Dodgers and Giants
to play on Oct. 5, 2001. Because the park was cleared between
games, the Elias Sports Bureau does not count it as a doubleheader.
The longest doubleheader, between the Rangers and White Sox on May
24, 1995, took 7:39.
Jeter had three hits in the opener but was hitless in the second
until lining one down the right-field line against Mike Timlin
(5-3) to give New York the lead for good. Mike Myers (1-0) got just
two outs -- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez -- but had the good fortune
of being in the game when the Yankees broke out.
Ortiz hit his major league-leading 43rd homer in the ninth to
cut the deficit to three runs against Rivera. Alex Rodriguez then
botched Ramirez's grounder for his 22nd error, tied for the major
Boston trailed 5-1 and 7-5 in the night game before taking a
10-7 lead in the fifth. But the Yankees sent 11 batters to the
plate in the seventh against Craig Hansen and Timlin.
Timlin came in with one out and the bases loaded and a three-run
lead before giving up an RBI single to Melky Cabrera. He got Damon
to pop out, then Jeter made it 11-10.
Abreu was intentionally walked before Rodriguez doubled in
another run and Robinson Cano singled in two more.
Ramirez hit his 33rd homer of the season -- but his first since
Aug. 9 -- and then went 4-for-6 in the nightcap.
Damon started things off for the day with a triple to lead off
the first game.
"I think that's what we've seen on the other side of the field
for so many years," Torre said of Damon, who helped Boston win the
2004 World Series. "He just seems to rise to the occasion. …
We're glad he's on our side; let's put it that way."
Facing their top rivals a day after losing 12-2 to Baltimore,
the Yankees also got a boost from Abreu, who was acquired from the
Phillies at the trade deadline and experienced the craziness for
the first time. He had four hits in the opener.
"He's a good player, and he's in the middle of a pennant
race," said Boston manager Terry Francona, who had Abreu with the
Phillies. "So I'm sure that added to his excitement."
Eric Hinske, playing his first game since being traded from
Toronto, and Loretta each hit three doubles for the Red Sox. Boston
had nine extra-base hits in the opener but finished 0-for-16 with
runners in scoring position.
Wang allowed three runs, seven hits and four walks in six
innings. Johnson lost his eighth consecutive decision and was
designated for assignment after the game to make room for Keith
Foulke to come off the disabled list.
Johnson gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
A logo for the Jimmy Fund was added to the Green Monster in
honor of the cancer charity's annual telethon. ... Yankees INF
Andy Phillips went on the 15-day DL with a strained left ribcage muscle.
RHP T.J. Beam was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. ... Yankees DH
Jason Giambi scored his 1,000th career run in the first game. ...
Boston 3B Mike Lowell made a nice catch falling into the Yankees
dugout in the day game, but in the seventh inning he missed a slow
liner to end his 70-game errorless streak. ... Bernie Williams tied
Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankees' list with his 1,531st single.
... Kyle Farnsworth left after being struck on the right leg by
Wily Mo Pena's liner in the seventh in the night game. He was
diagnosed with a bruise, and X-rays were negative.
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