After looking horrible on Thursday afternoon against Baltimore, the Yankees rebounded by scoring twenty-six runs to sweep the day-night doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday. The two wins put the Yankees up by 3 1/2 games in the AL East.

In the opener Chien Ming-Wang struggled but was able to pitch effectively with runners on base and held Boston to three runs in six innings. Johnny Damon was the hitting star with a triple to lead off the game and a two run homer to give the Yankees the lead. Bobby Abreu had four hits and Cano also added to the offense as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 12-4 in the afternoon game. Jason Johnson started for the Red Sox and for the most part was ineffective. After the game he was designated for assigment.

The nightcap turned out to be a slugfest. The game took 4 hours and 45 minutes and became the record for the longest nine inning game in baseball history.

The Red Sox scored a run in the first on a double from Ortiz and a single by Manny Ramirez. However, the Yankees came right back in the second scoring five runs to take the lead at 5-1. Sidney Ponson could not hold the lead and gave it right back in the next two innings. Johnny Damon hit his 20th homer of the season and second of the day to put the Yankees back up but Boston came right back to tie the score at 7.

Ron Villone relieved but was ineffective due to overuse. The Red Sox took the lead 10-7 and were able to hold it until the seventh inning. The Yankees batted around and scored seven runs in the inning. The highlight of the inning was a two out bases clearing double from Derek Jeter to give the Yankes the lead at 11-10. The Bombers added three more runs and batted around during the inning.

Mariano Rivera was the seventh Yankee pitcher and closed out the win for the Yankees. He did allow a home run to David Ortiz and Ramirez reached on an error from A-Rod. The Rodriguez error was his 22nd of the season.

The series resumes on Saturday afternoon with the FOX game of the week. Randy Johnson takes the mound for New York vs. Josh Beckett for Boston.