(BOSTON) — They’re in a New York groove headed into the All-Star break. The New York Yankees are now 9.5 games up on the Boston Red Sox after their 7-3 win on Sunday night, taking three of four at Fenway Park.
Ivan Nova (10-3) struck out 10 to get the win and Andruw Jones capped the four-game series off with another home run in the top of the seventh that gave New York (52-33) a 7-2 lead.
“It’s been a strange first half, I think,” Girardi said before the game. “It’s been streaky for us, where at different times; different parts of our game have struggled. I give our guys a lot of credit. They’ve found ways to win games.”
The Red Sox (43-43) are now tied for last place with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East, both trail the Yankees by 9.5 games. The Yankees also have the best record and largest division lead in the Major’s, a seven-game lead over the Orioles.
Jon Lester (5-6) pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs, and struck out six in the loss.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN