The New York Yankees are trying to take it one game at a time and not think about how big their lead is becoming. Then again, it's getting hard not to notice.
Darryl Strawberry and Jorge Posada hit home runs Thursday night as New York won for the 10th time in 12 games, beating the Boston Red Sox 8-3.The victory gave the Yankees an 81/2-game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East. The Red Sox have lost a season-high five in a row.
"It's good to get a little bit of separation," said David Cone, who starts tonight at Yankee Stadium. "But before it's over, no one's going to relax in here."
New York leads the majors with a 36-11 record after beating Boston in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
"We're just going to ride this streak as long as we can and hope it continues. We're not going to look at the big picture," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "You can lose four, five straight in a heartbeat."
The Red Sox outhit the Yankees 13-11. But Boston made a pair of errors, gave up two runs in a five-pitch span on a wild pitch by Tim Wakefield (6-2) and a passed ball by Jason Varitek, and saw Jim Leyritz fail to tag up at third on a eighth-inning fly ball.
Wakefield had won six straight starts. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings and walked four.
David Wells (7-1), pitching at Yankee Stadium for the first time since his perfect game against Minnesota on May 17, won his fourth straight start and seventh consecutive decision, allowing three runs and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings.
Mo Vaughn hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox. He is 22-for-48 (.458) lifetime against Wells with six homers.
WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 7: At Detroit, the Tigers staged a five-run rally in the ninth to force extra innings, but Chicago won it in the 10th by scoring four times without a hit.
Chad Kreuter, who had a three-run single in Chicago's five-run eighth, drew a bases-loaded walk off Todd Jones as the White Sox parlayed five walks, a wild pitch and sacrifice fly into their winning margin.
Roberto Duran (0-1) was the loser after walking Robin Ventura to start the 10th. Matt Karchner (1-1), who gave up a game-tying, three-run, pinch homer to Andy Tomberlin in the ninth, pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win.
INDIANS 6, BLUE JAYS 2: Manny Ramirez homered, doubled and scored three runs as Cleveland took advantage of swirling winds for its third straight victory.
With the SkyDome roof open, the Indians scored twice because of the tricky winds that ranged from 18-24 mph.
Toronto right fielder Shawn Green was charged with a three-base error when a ball sailed over his head, and Brian Giles got a double on a wind-aided fly. Travis Fryman also had a wind-aided double for Cleveland, though that did not lead to a run.
MARINERS 5, DEVIL RAYS 2: Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 20th home run and Edgar Martinez and Glenallen Hill also homered to power Seattle to victory at Tampa Bay.
Jamie Moyer (3-5) allowed eight hits in eight scoreless innings. Steve Gajkowski came on and allowed a pinch-hit, two-run homer to Paul Sorrento. Bobby Ayala got the final two outs for a save.
ORIOLES 5, RANGERS 2: Roberto Alomar, the subject of trade rumors for the past week, went 3-for-3 and scored three runs as Balt-i-more dealt Texas its fourth loss in a row.
Lenny Webster had a season-high three RBIs and Doug Drabek (5-5) pitched seven strong innings for the host Orioles, who have won four of five after a nine-game skid.