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Yankees beat Red Sox, 4-2

Mike Ford homered in a three-RBI performance and J.A. Happ provided a solid effort in his return to the rotation as the Yankees continued to beat up on the Red Sox, remaining perfect in The Bronx with a 4-2 victory on Sunday evening.

The Yanks have won nine consecutive games over Boston dating to last September, their longest such winning streak since 1952-53. New York is 9-0 at Yankee Stadium this season, marking just the third time in franchise history they have started that well on their home turf (1951, 1987).

Ford knocked in a run with a first-inning single, then mashed a 421-foot shot to the right-field seats in the third inning off Boston’s Chris Mazza. Aaron Hicks also had an RBI double off Mazza, who permitted four runs and eight hits over three innings in his first career start.

Skipped in the Yanks’ rotation earlier this week, Happ appeared sharp in his first game since Aug. 5, holding Boston to Kevin Pillar’s third-inning solo homer over 5 2/3 innings. Happ scattered three hits with two walks, inducing a pair of double-play balls to squelch budding rallies.

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