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Yankees sweep, Red Sox get swept

Jun 1, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano AP

So much for momentum.

The Yankees finished off a sweep in Oakland with their 10th straight victory over the A’s on Wednesday, while the Red Sox lost their third in a row to the White Sox at home, giving the Bombers a two-game lead in the AL East.

The Red Sox, apparently worn out after a four-game series in Detroit that included a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, have lost four in a row to fall back to 30-26 on the season.  Before dropping the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, they had won 13 of 15, a stretch that started when they swept the Yankees in New York on May 13-15.

Boston dropped Wednesday’s game 7-4 after Paul Konerko singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and put the game away with a two-run homer in the ninth.  An apparent bad call by second-base umpire Marty Foster led to a two-run fifth inning for the White Sox, erasing what was a 3-1 lead for the Red Sox at the time.

On that play, Tim Wakefield picked Juan Pierre off first base, with Pierre continuing to second on the throw.  In the rundown, Dustin Pedroia appeared to perform a swipe-tag on Pierre for what would have been the third out of the inning.  Pedroia reacted as though there was a tag.  Pierre reacted as though there was a tag.  Foster, though, said no tag and refused to ask for help when the Red Sox argued.

The Yankees have won four in a row after dropping their first two games in Seattle last weekend.  Mariano Rivera finally got back into the save column with the 4-2 win on Wednesday.  He had gone three weeks without one since saving 13 of the team’s first 33 games.  He had just one opportunity during the span, blowing a 1-0 lead in a game against the Orioles on May 18.

Both the Yankees and Red Sox now have Thursday off.  The Yankees go to Anaheim to face the Angels on Friday, while the Red Sox will get their chance to take on the A’s in another series at Fenway.

  1. youcantpredictbaseball - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    That’s Boston’s seventh straight loss to Chicago at home. Last time they beat the White Sox at Fenway was 8/26/09.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Hey great news for the blowsox, Lackey comes back this sunday and Jenks is off the DL!! Hey thats gotta help right? hahahahah

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Shouldnt the sox nation being cheering on the Bruins in the Stanley Cup?

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 2, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Yesterday was obviously not a good day for Boston sports fans. First the Red Sox move up the start time of their game because of the Bruins NHL finals appearance. I believe their first since 1990 although you have to go all the way back to 1972 the last time they won Lord Stanley’s Cup. Then the Bruins go and lose the 1st game.
    On top of that the Red Sox get swept by the “other” Sox team the White Sox.
    Yep, not a good sports day for Boston fans.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      thats funny, i thought it was a wonderful day all around. Guess it depends how you look at it

      • uyf1950 - Jun 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        My feeling exactly.

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