NEW YORK At this rate, the relentless Boston Red Sox might eliminate the Yankees sooner than anyone thought.
Jason Bay drove in four runs, Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam and Boston routed the listless Yankees 11-3 on Wednesday night, putting an emphatic dent in New York's dwindling playoff chances.
"I never write the Yankees off until the season's over and the standings are set," Pedroia said. "They've been around too long and been in the playoffs for such a long time that we're definitely not counting them out."
Paul Byrd beat the Yankees in a crucial game for the second consecutive year, and David Ortiz reached base four times for the second straight night.
In their final regular-season trip to Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox have outscored their longtime rivals 18-6 in the first two games of this three-game series.
"We just dug ourselves a bigger hole," New York's Johnny Damon said. "This is definitely a tough time for us."
Pedroia's first career slam capped a seven-run eighth inning and sent hordes of booing Yankees fans shuffling toward the exits. With co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner in attendance, New York dropped seven games behind Boston, which leads the AL wild-card race by 2 1/2 games over Minnesota.
The Yankees haven't missed a postseason since 1993.
"It couldn't have been any worse the first two games, but we've got to come back tomorrow," New York shortstop Derek Jeter said. "What we've done before makes no difference."American League
RAYS 1, BLUE JAYS: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Matt Garza and two relievers combined on a six-hitter and Carlos Pena homered to lead AL East-leading Tampa Bay past Toronto. Garza (11-7) allowed six hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. Dan Wheeler pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
ORIOLES 11, WHITE SOX 3: At Baltimore, Brian Roberts had three RBIs as Baltimore ended a five-game losing streak. Roberts gave the Orioles the lead for good with a two-run single in the second, then drove in a run with his AL-leading 46th double in the fourth.
INDIANS 9, TIGERS 7: At Detroit, Kelly Shoppach homered and drove in three runs and Shin-Soo Choo hit a home run to lift Cleveland to its 10th straight win. Cleveland's team record is 13 consecutive wins, accomplished twice, the last time in 1951.
RANGERS 3, ROYALS 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Texas' Matt Harrison won for the fourth time in August. The Royals have lost 10 of their last 11 games and 17 of 20, falling to a season-worst 21 games below .500.
TWINS 6, MARINERS 5: At Seattle, Denard Span drove in two runs and threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth as Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak.ATHLETICS 6, ANGELS 5: At Anaheim, Calif., Emil Brown homered and drove in three runs, and Rajai Davis had a career-high four hits in Oakland's win.
METS 6, PHILLIES 3: At Philadelphia, Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking double after Carlos Delgado's second solo homer had tied the game in the eighth and New York reclaimed first place in the NL East.
CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 3: At St. Louis, Ryan Ludwick was a triple short of a cycle and had two RBIs to lead St. Louis' comeback from a three-run deficit. Rebounding from a 12-0 rout Tuesday, the Cardinals scored four runs in the eighth and pulled within 3 1/2 games of Milwaukee for the NL wild-card lead.
NATIONALS 5, DODGERS 4: At Washington, Tim Redding outpitched Greg Maddux to send Los Angeles to a season-high sixth consecutive loss. The Dodgers, who have scored 10 runs in the past six games.
MARLINS 4, BRAVES 1: At Atlanta, Florida's Josh Johnson threw a four-hitter for the first complete game of his career. Dan Uggla hit his 28th homer for Florida.
ASTROS 4, REDS 1: At Houston, Roy Oswalt limited Cincinnati to five hits in seven innings. Hunter Pence and Ty Wigginton hit two-run homers to help Oswalt beat the Reds for the 22nd time in 23 decisions.
CUBS 2, PIRATES 0: At Pittsburgh, Jason Marquis allowed five hits over seven innings and Chicago turned two well-placed bunts into two runs in the seventh for a victory that gave the Cubs a three-game sweep.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4: At San Diego, Jody Gerut singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and San Diego denied Randy Johnson his 295th career win. Gerut, who had three hits, singled off Chad Qualls (2-8) and drove in Chase Headley from second to give the Padres a sweep of the three-game series against the NL West leaders.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 1: At San Francisco, Bengie Molina and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants avoided a three-game sweep.