Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 25
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Game 2: Saturday, July 26
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Game 3: Sunday, July 27
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Yankees 4

(63-40, 33-19 away)

Red Sox 6

(62-42, 35-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 27, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: C. Fossum (5-4)

    L: C. Hammond (2-1)

    S: B. Kim (6)

    Red Sox cut Yanks' AL East lead to 1½ games

    BOSTON (AP) -- The New York Yankees just can't shake the Boston Red Sox.

    Jason Varitek tied the game with a three-run homer and Johnny Damon followed with the go-ahead shot Sunday night as Boston scored six times in the seventh inning to beat New York 6-4.

    The victory gave the Red Sox the edge in the three-game series and moved them 1½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

    "It's going to be a dogfight all the way to the end," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I'm not sure who's going to win, but the division is going to be determined by how we play each other because we obviously proved we play each other very even."

    Jeff Weaver took a 3-0 lead and a two-hitter into the seventh before he walked Trot Nixon and hit Bill Mueller with one out. Chris Hammond (2-1) relieved and Varitek homered over the Green Monster as a disgusted Weaver threw a towel in the Yankees dugout.

    Damon came up next and hooked a shot inside the foul pole in right on Hammond's 10th pitch, putting the Red Sox ahead 4-3. Damon pumped a fist in the air as he rounded first.

    "As soon as Jason hit his homer, we knew we were a home run away," Damon said. "It definitely gave a lot of life to the team."

    Casey Fossum (5-4) allowed one hit, striking out one in one inning of relief of Derek Lowe.

    Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven tries, allowing an RBI fielder's choice Hideki Matsui. With a runner on second, he retired Jorge Posada on a game-ending flare that Manny Ramirez grabbed with a sliding catch down the left-field line, holding up his glove to show off the ball as he lay on his back.

    "It felt unbelievable to make that catch," Ramirez said. "It was like the first catch I ever made, and I was very happy."

    New York is 7-6 this season against the Red Sox, with six more games between them this season. Boston is two games ahead of Oakland in the AL wild-card race.

    Fenway Park was filled for the 20th consecutive time -- 104,016 came for the three games against the Yankees -- for a series finale that matched the intensity of the first two games. Those were decided in the ninth inning, but this seemed to be going all New York's way before Boston erupted in the seventh.

    Jason Giambi hit a solo homer with two out in the first. New York added runs in the third and sixth on an RBI single by Matsui and a run-scoring groundout by Raul Mondesi.

    It was 3-0 in the seventh, and Weaver appeared to be cruising. He had allowed just two hits, two walks and hit a batter, but Trot Nixon walked with one out and then Weaver hit Bill Mueller.

    While the Red Sox trainers were attending to Mueller's leg, Torre took Weaver out and replaced him with Hammond. But Hammond, who had allowed just one homer all year but hadn't pitched in a week, gave away the lead, and the next two pitchers didn't fare much better.

    Todd Walker singled off Armando Benitez, and one out later pinch-runner Damian Jackson took second on a steal attempt when second baseman Alfonso Soriano couldn't handle the throw from the catcher.

    Jesse Orosco replaced Benitez and intentionally walked Ramirez, then gave up a triple to David Ortiz. Millar was intentionally walked before Nixon popped up, ending the inning.

    Game notes

    Giambi and Matsui were a combined 0-for-14 in the first two games of the series. They each had a pair of hits on Sunday. ... Torre said LHP David Wells, who experienced some back discomfort after throwing 109 pitches in 5 2/3 innings on Friday, was fine on Sunday. ... With his 20th steal on Saturday, Damon became the 13th player in club history to have at least two consecutive seasons with at least 20 steals, but only the 4th since 1919. The previous was Ellis Burks, who did it three consecutive years in 1987, '88 and '89. Tris Speaker holds the club record with seven consecutive seasons with at least 20 steals from 1909-15. ... Actor James Earl Jones recited the national anthem. Jones was the voice of Darth Vader in the "Star Wars" movies, and Red Sox president Larry Lucchino has called the New York Yankees "The Evil Empire." ... Former Red Sox OF Fred Lynn was in the crowd. ... It was the ninth time this season the Red Sox have hit consecutive homers. Varitek has been involved in six of them. ... Weaver hit Nomar Garciaparra in the right hand in the first inning. X-rays were negative. Lowe threw behind Matsui in the second inning, drawing a warning for both benches from plate umpire Kevin Kelley. Lowe hit Giambi in the foot, and Weaver hit Mueller in the leg, both deemed unintentional.

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