Red Sox increase lead in the Division

06 September 2013 06:16:56 EST

The Boston Red Sox continued their winning ways on Thursday evening with a 9-8 extra inning victory over the Yankees in New York.

Shane Victorino, who had earlier in the game connected on his 13th of the campaign, brought home Jacoby Ellsbury in the top of the 10th at Yankee Stadium for what turned out to be the winning run after New York closer Mariano Rivera blew the save in the ninth.

Craig Breslow (5-2) recorded the victory with a couple of innings of relief after Jake Peavy had gone the first six plus for the visitors allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four.

Andy Pettitte gets the call for the Yankees on Friday in the second game of the four-game set with Felix Doubront heading to the mound for the Red Sox, 5/7 to win the World Series outright.

Boston lead the American League East Division by six-and-a-half games over the struggling Tampa Bay Rays and by nine from New York whose best chance of making the post-season remains the American League wildcard.

While the Red Sox have won eight of their past 10, the Rays are going in the opposite direction, despite some of the best pitching in the Major Leagues.

David Price (8-7) took the loss on Thursday surrendering six runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out six as Tampa Bay fell 6-2 to the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

On Friday the Rays will look to bounce back when they open a series with the Mariners in Seattle.

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