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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Sox Lose to Yankees, 12-Win String Snapped

BOSTON -- Unlikely heroes Bernie Williams and Pat Kelly totaled six hits and six RBIs as the New York Yankees ended the Boston Red Sox's 12-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox, who have won 15 of 18, lead the Yankees by nine games in the American League East. They committed three errors and got a mediocre performance from left-hander Rheal Cormier (5-3), who allowed seven hits in three innings on Tuesday.

Coming in, the Yankees were 14-22 against left-handers. But Kelly and Williams -- right-handed hitters -- led the Yankees to seven runs, two of them against Cormier.

Was it just an aberration on the Red Sox's road to the American League East title? Or was it a jump-start in the Yankees' revival?

"Things can turn around quickly," Yankees manager Buck Showalter said. "We still have to feel anything can happen."

The streak was Boston's longest since 1988, when it won 12 in a row after Joe Morgan became manager at the All-Star break. Its longest winning streak is 15 in 1946.

The nine runs were more than enough for Yankees starter Sterling Hitchcock (6-7), who allowed Jose Canseco's 14th homer of the year in the second inning.

Twins 7, Mariners 6. In Minneapolis, Kirby Puckett hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Minnesota spoiled the return of Ken Griffey Jr. to Seattle's lineup.

Griffey, who missed three months with a broken wrist, went 1-for-4, The Associated Press reported.

Bobby Ayala (4-5) lost while Oscar Munoz (1-0) got his first major league victory in relief.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)