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Jeter’s Historic Hit Helps Yankees Beat Red Sox

Derek Jeter tied Willie Mays for 10th place on the career hits list, backing Phil Hughes and helping the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Thursday night to maintain a share of the AL East lead.

Jared Wickerham, Getty Images

New York won consecutive games for the first time in a month and kept pace with the Baltimore Orioles, who completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-2, 14-inning win.

Hughes (15-12) retired his first 10 batters and gave up five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed just three runners past first base, ending a streak of seven straight starts in which he allowed home runs. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 38th save in 41 chances.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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