Boston Red Sox ace pitcher Josh Beckett gave up a career-high five homers in eight innings pitched as the New York Yankees went on to win 8-4 last night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox remain on top of the Wild Card race, but have fallen to 7 1/2 games behind New York in the division standings. Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui knocked two of his four series home runs off Beckett yesterday. “Obviously, you tend to remember these,” said Beckett. “These are humbling deals. Like I said, that was a whooping I got today. That’s the only words I’ve got to sum it up.”
After losing a hard fought offensive friendly three game series, the Red Sox still remain confident in regards to post-season play. “There’s still time left (to win the division), but if that doesn’t happen, I think what goes unnoticed around here is that we’re in first place for the other remaining playoff spot,” said Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay. “It goes unnoticed sometimes when you’re playing New York and people want to make a huge deal out it. We won the Wild Card last year and made it to Game 7 of the ALCS.” Boston will meet up with the Yankees one more time this regular season for three games at Yankee Stadium starting September 25th. Clay Buchholz is scheduled to start next game tonight at Fenway against the Chicago White Sox.
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