Kenny Lofton; KRT Photo

If you asked Jeremy Bonderman to hold the Yankees to four hits after seven innings, he probably would have told you he would be winning the game when he was replaced. Unfortunately, those four hits were all solo home runs by the New York Yankees and ended up being the difference in the 5-1 Yankee win.

Kenny Lofton started the solo home run hit parade in the 3rd inning launching his second home run of the year into the right field bullpen. Two batters later, Derek Jeter crushed a monster home run into left center field, for his 14th of the year. In the fourth inning it was time for Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui to join the fun. Matsui blasted his 18th, while Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd. Later in the game, Rodriguez would add another solo shot (24) off reliever Wilfredo Ledezma. It was all the scoring the Yanks would need.

Jose Contreras pitched masterfully, going eight strong innings. Contreras allowed only four hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out seven. Mariano Rivera came on in the ninth to retire the side in order to preserve the Yankee win. Contreras upped his record to 7-3 and dropped his E.R.A to 5.17. Hey it is a step in the right direction.

On the West Coast the Red Sox lost to Anaheim 8-1 and fell 8 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. The two teams meet in Boston for a three game series one week from today.