BOSTON — Alfonso Soriano drove in four more runs and Andy Pettitte avoided first-inning troubles to lead the Yankees to a 10-3 victory over the American League East-leading Red Sox on Friday night.
The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games and sent the Red Sox to their third consecutive loss. With Tampa Bay's victory over Toronto, Boston's lead in the division was trimmed to one game.
Soriano was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the third inning that made it 6-0. He has 13 hits and 18 RBIs in his past four games.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had a pair of singles and was booed loudly in his first appearance in Boston since he was suspended for 211 games in baseball's latest steroid scandal. Rodriguez, who is allowed to play pending his appeal, was also mocked by fans with chants of "You do steroids" and signs that said "A-Fraud."