Ramirez helps push Yan­kees back

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

BOS­TON — Han­ley Ramirez home­red for the sec­ond straight game and David Or­tiz had two hits Fri­day night to send the AL East-lead­ing Red Sox to a 7-4 vic­tory over the Yan­kees.

The Red Sox main­tained a two-game lead over the Ori­oles, who beat the Rays 5-4. The Yan­kees, who 24 hours ear­lier had been one out from climb­ing within three games of the di­vi­sion lead, fell six games back and lost ground in the AL wild-card race be­hind the Ori­oles and Blue Jays.

Clay Buch­holz (7-10) al­lowed two runs on seven hits and two walks, strik­ing out two in six in­nings. Ramirez home­red for the ninth time in 16 games, in­clud­ing a three-run walk-off shot to cap a five-run ninth in Thurs­day’s 7-5 vic­tory.

In his sec­ond game since join­ing the Yan­kees, Billy But­ler hit a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 7-4, but Craig Kim­brel got two outs for his 26th save.

Or­tiz sin­gled in the first and was thrown out try­ing to stretch it into a dou­ble. He did dou­ble off the cen­ter-field wall in the sixth — the 1,187th ex­tra-base hit of his ca­reer. That moved him out of a tie with Frank Robin­son and into 11th on base­ball’s all-time list. Lou Gehrig is next with 1,190.

Or­tiz is also two dou­bles be­hind Ted Wil­liams for sec­ond place in fran­chise his­tory.

One night af­ter ral­ly­ing in the ninth and win­ning on Ramirez’s homer, the Red Sox took an early lead and held on.

Gary Sanchez made it 3-2 with a two-run dou­ble in the fifth for the Yan­kees, but the Red Sox got two more in the sixth when Or­tiz dou­bled and scored and Sandy Leon dou­bled in an­other run.

Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the sev­enth with a homer, and Betts hit into a run-scor­ing dou­ble play to make it 7-2.

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