Julian Tavarez allowed two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 frames to earn a victory on his 34th birthday. Manny Ramirez delivered a first-inning present to his friend with a three-run homer, and Mike Lowell went deep in the fourth. Julio Lugo, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz had seventh-inning RBIs.
The Yankees saw their two-game winning streak halted as Mike Mussina was roughed up early and late by the Red Sox. Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an eighth-inning single against southpaw reliever Hideki Okajima.
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