Jeter Goes Long, Yankees Close in on Sox

Bombers take series, inch up in AL East with 4-3 win in Boston
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 3:46 AM CDT
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, is congratulated by teammate Alex Rodriguez after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning against Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling during their baseball...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Boston loaded the bases in the ninth, but Yankees closer Mariano Rivera held on for the save in the Yankees' 4-3 victory. Derek Jeter, who caught the final out, had made all the difference in the previous inning, smashing Curt Schilling's last pitch into the Green Monster seats for a three-run homer, Newsday reports.

Yankees starter Roger Clemens held the Sox to one run in six innings, but the win went to Joba Chamberlain, who also notched his first earned run (a solo homer by Mike Lowell). The win boosted the Yankees to within 4½ games of Boston in the American League East division, and kept them 2½  games over Toronto in the wild-card race.