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Soriano strikes again as Yanks whip Red Sox in series opener

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Yankees' new-look batting order has provided a spark, and no one has been more catalytic than Alfonso Soriano.

Soriano went 3-for-4, crushed another homer and drove in four runs as New York took down the Boston Red Sox, 10-3, in the first of three games between the AL East rivals at Fenway Park.

Over the last four games, Soriano has gone deep five times and driven in a remarkable 18 runs, tying the MLB record for the most RBI in a four-game span.

Mark Reynolds belted a two-run shot in his first at-bat as a Yankee and Andy Pettitte spun 6 2/3 stellar innings in the win, New York's fifth in its last six games. Pettitte (8-9) allowed three unearned runs on six hits and a walk.

The Red Sox still sit atop the division but have dropped a season-high tying three straight games and six of their last eight overall.

Felix Doubront (8-6) was knocked out after a forgettable four-inning start that saw him surrender seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits.

08/16 23:01:43 ET