NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter grimaced and made another early exit. Ichiro Suzuki slammed into a wall and got flattened. A spot starter and an emergency reliever both endured bruising outings.
The banged-up New York Yankees got bashed again by Boston, beaten 13-9 Saturday as the Red Sox kept up their dizzying scoring spree in the Bronx.
``They haven't missed much lately,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
New York began this series with hopes of making up ground in the wild-card race. Instead, the AL East-leading Red Sox won 9-8 in 10 innings Thursday and rallied for a 12-8 win Friday.
The Red Sox became the first visiting team in more than a century to score at least nine runs on three straight days against the Yankees. In fact, the last time it happened, they weren't called the Yankees - Boston did it in 1912 to the Highlanders at Hilltop Park.
This third loss in a row hurt the Yankees beyond the standings.
Jeter was pulled for a pinch-runner after an RBI single in the sixth. The star shortstop went to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan on his surgically repaired left ankle, and team said the preliminary results were negative.
``I'm not sure what's going to happen right now,' Girardi said.
Jeter has missed most of the season while recovering from a broken left ankle in the playoffs last year. The 39-year-old team captain is hitting .190 in 17 games.
The Yankees also will send the test results to Dr. Robert Anderson, who did the original surgery on Jeter's ankle last October.
``If these games didn't count, he could take a few days off and rest,' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
Mike Napoli hit two home runs, Jonny Gomes and prized rookie Xander Bogaerts also connected for Boston.
Down 12-3, the Yankees rallied with four runs in the sixth and chased John Lackey (9-12). Mark Reynolds added a two-run double in the eighth off Red Sox reliever Drake Britton that made it 12-9.
Each Boston line drive that echoed around the ballpark was met by noticeable groans from New York fans. A couple of ``Let's go, Red Sox!' chants broke out among the many Boston fans.
Even Boston's loud outs hurt.
Suzuki ran into the padded wall catching a drive by David Ortiz and stayed down for a moment. Over two days, Suzuki had just missed tracking down two balls near the fence.
``After that I knew I had to do whatever it took to go and get the next one,' he said through a translator.
The Red Sox arrived in the Bronx fresh from a 20-4 pasting of Detroit. The highest-scoring team in the majors got 14 more hits in this win, nine for extra bases.
Napoli hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo drive in the ninth. Gomes added a three-run shot.
Bogaerts doubled early, then hit a two-run shot in the fifth for his first major league homer. In the bottom half, the 20-year-old shortstop charged in for a nifty barehanded pickup to throw out Robinson Cano.
The Yankees scored at least six runs for the sixth game in a row. That wasn't enough for David Huff (2-1), tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Huff made his first start of the season, moving from the bullpen to the rotation in place of ineffective Phil Hughes.
``They capitalized on all my mistakes today. On my part, it was terrible,' Huff said.
Jim Miller relieved Huff and gave up three runs and three hits and one walk in 1 1-3 innings. The journeyman had finished his season in the minors and was home in Virginia Beach, Va., when the Yankees suddenly summoned him this week.
The Yankees have been short-handed in their bullpen.
Lefty Boone Logan is out with inflammation in his arm, setup man David Robertson is expected to be gone until next week with tendinitis in the back of his right shoulder and Shawn Kelley is sidelined because of inflammation in his triceps.
Boston improved to 10-5 against New York this year and won all three series at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox won minus center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. His injured right foot was put in a protective boot, and there is no timetable for his return to the lineup.
NOTES: Boston LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 3.88) starts Sunday afternoon vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99). ... Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez got a day off for rest. ... RHP Brett Marshall made his second major league appearance, giving up one run in 4 1-3 innings.
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