Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday in Boston’s 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs for the Red Sox.
Youkilis was traded to the White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart after the game.
Youkilis was lifted for a pinch runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning. He was greeted with a hug from Nick Punto, who pinch ran for him, and his teammates on the top step of the dugout.
The burley infielder, in his ninth season with the Red Sox, took his helmet off and waved to the crowd, blew a kiss and was urged to come out for a curtain call by his teammates before heading down the steps. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted “Yook.”
Yankees 6, Mets 5
In New York, Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a victory over the Mets.
Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters — making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat.
However, in a much-anticipated matchup at sold-out Citi Field, both he and Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia were missing their best stuff.
Cano drove a 2-0 delivery from Miguel Batista (1-2) over the home-run apple in straightaway center for his 16th homer and fifth in seven games.
The Yankees won the final two games of the weekend series by one run to finish 5-1 against their crosstown rivals this season.
Including a sweep in the Bronx earlier this month, the Yankees have won five consecutive series against the Mets since May 2010.
In other interleague play, it was:
‧ Twins 4, Reds 3
‧ Rangers 4, Rockies 2
‧ Marlins 9, Blue Jays 0
‧ Orioles 2, Nationals 1
‧ Tigers 3, Pirates 2
‧ Rays 3, Phillies 2, Game 1
‧ Rays 7, Phillies 3, Game 2
‧ Astros 7, Indians 1
‧ Cardinals 11, Royals 8
‧ White Sox 1, Brewers 0 (10)
‧ Padres 2, Mariners 0
‧ Angels 5, Dodgers 3
‧ Athletics 4, Giants 2
AP, PHOENIX, Arizona
In Phoenix, Wade Miley outpitched Matt Garza in eight strong innings and Justin Upton had three RBIs as Arizona completed a three-game sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Miley (9-3) retired 20 of the first 21 batters he faced before giving up a homer to Alfonso Soriano in the seventh inning, then worked out of a jam in the eighth with runners on second and third.
Jason Kubel hit a solo homer off Garza (2-6) and Upton broke open a tight game with a two-run single through the left side off Manny Corpas in the eighth inning.