On Sunday Night Baseball, the Sox swept their archrivals, 7-6 in a playoff intensity game against the disheveled AL East champions.
It was BACK-to-BACK-to-BACK-to-BACK JACKS off Chase Wright in his fourth start at the AA level or above. Ramirez, Drew, Lowell, and Jason Varitek all hit tape measure shots in a stretch of ten pitches.
And Jonathan Papelbon, working his fourth game in five days, was the "Anti-Thermos" cooling off A-Rod who fanned twice against Daisuke Matsuzaka, inducing a groundout to Lowell to end the game after delivering heat from 95-98 MPH.
Matsuzaka had his ups and downs, with better breaking stuff, but still victimized himself with a few hangers, including Jeter's first homer of the season.
Dustin Pedroia made a defensive gem in the eighth snaring a line drive to snuff out a rally, and had a pair of hits.