Ramirez helps push Yankees back
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.