Yankees finally defeat the Red Sox

Associated Press

Melky Cabrera and the New York Yankees knocked out John Smoltz early, and soon it was all over: They had finally beaten the Boston Red Sox for the first time in nine games this season, with Cabrera and Jorge Posada hitting three-run homers in New York's 13-6 victory on Thursday night.

The Yankees ended a nine-game skid against Boston dating to last season.

It was the Yankees' longest drought in one of baseball's most heated rivalries since they lost 17 straight from Oct. 3, 1911, to July 1, 1912.

It was a busy day for the Yankees, who also acquired right-hander Chad Gaudin from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash.

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