Boston -- Alfonso Soriano continued his recent hot stretch with a three-run homer and four RBIs, newly signed Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night.
It was the fifth win in six games for the Yankees, who are starting to creep back into the American League East chase. They trail division-leading Boston by 7 1/2 games after Friday night's win.
Nearly a week ago, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on his radio show that the club needed to win 35 of its final 47 games to earn a playoff spot. They've gone out and responded with a good week thanks mostly to Soriano's recent tear.
He's gone 13-for-21 in his last four games with 18 RBIs and nine runs scored.
The Red Sox lost for the sixth time in eight games and saw their lead atop the East cut to one game with Tampa Bay beating Toronto.
Andy Pettitte (8-9) pitched solid into the seventh inning, giving up three unearned runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one before leaving with two outs in the inning. He was 0-3 in his last five starts and ended a franchise-record string of giving up at least one run in the first inning of eight straight starts.
Felix Doubront (8-6) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits -- two homers -- in four innings.
The Yankees opened a 7-0 lead before Boston made a charge.
Boston cut the lead to 7-3 against Pettitte in the seventh and had two runners on with two outs when pinch hitter Mike Carp went down to first, claiming he was hit on the front foot by reliever Shawn Kelly's pitch. After the umpires huddled, he was called back to the plate. Two pitches later, he was called out on strikes.
Carp fired his helmet to the ground and was ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke.
RBI singles by Ichiro Suzuki, Reynolds and Chris Stewart off Drake Britton made the score 10-3 in the eighth inning.
The Yankees wasted little time breaking to a big lead against Doubront. Soriano's RBI single gave them a 1-0 lead in the first and his three-run homer made it 6-0 in the third.
Leading 1-0 in the second, Reynolds homered into the seats above the Green Monster to make the score 3-0. Picked up because the club needed a right-handed bat to platoon with left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, he became the 14th Yankee since 1961 to homer in his first plate appearance with the team.
The red-hot Soriano belted a pitch into the left-center field seats to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead. Soriano's home run in the third came after Eduardo Nunez singled and Robinson Cano reached on shortstop Stephen Drew's fielding error on a possible double-play ball.
NOTES: Speaking to reporters in the Yankees dugout about two hours before the game, Rodriguez denied reports that his camp leaked information about others involved in the Biogenesis case. "When I heard about it four months ago it was very surprising to me," he said. "The most important thing is that I spoke to (teammate, Francisco) Cervelli. ... He understands completely that it's not true." ... The Red Sox, who arrived home from Toronto a few hours after midnight, play three at home against the Yankees before heading out to the West Coast for three games against the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Reynolds was designated for assignment by Cleveland last week before signing with New York on Thursday. ... Cano extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Doubront had allowed three or fewer runs in his last 16 starts, and 20 of 21 overall. ... Hiroki Kuroda (11-7, 2.33 ERA) faces John Lackey (7-10, 3.32 ERA) on Saturday. ... As expected, Rodriguez was booed loudly. The fans chanted "You do steroids!" during his second at-bat.