"Everyone knows how good of a hitter he is. I don't care what the scoreboard or statistics say," Jeter said. "He showed tonight he can hit home runs if he wants to."
Suzuki added an infield single in the eighth — after taking a big cut at a pitch he fouled straight back. Asked if he was going for a third home run, he winked.
"I swung too hard. My neck hurts," Suzuki said through a translator.
The Yankees have outhomered Boston 31-11 while going 8-4 against their longtime rivals this year.
Gonzalez hit his 15th of the season and second in two days with one out in the seventh, snapping Kuroda's scoreless streak at 16 2-3 innings.
Jeter and Curtis Granderson doubled in the first to put New York ahead. Jeter then clocked a ground-rule double in the third. He was on the front end of a double steal with Nick Swisher and scored on Beckett's wild pitch.
NOTES: Boston finished 4-6 on its longest road trip of the season. ... Red Sox OF Cody Ross was rested after striking out in all four plate appearances Saturday. ... Ortiz (strained right Achilles) said he thinks he could return to the lineup during the upcoming homestand. ... Beckett is 14-8 against the Yankees in 29 career starts and 8-4 in 14 games at Yankee Stadium. ... Pedroia had his 13-game hitting streak snapped. ... Beckett has a strikeout in each of his 300 major league games, the second-longest streak to begin a career since 1900 behind Dwight Gooden (349).
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