Boston's 10 greatest wins of 2011
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10. Red Sox hang on to beat YankeesScore: 7-5
Date: May 15
It took the Red Sox until mid-May to reach .500 for the first time this season, but it couldn't have come at a better time. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees, and the Sox won their next four games and 10 of their next 12. The difference was David Ortiz's fifth-inning home run off Freddy Garcia, allowing Jon Lester to earn the victory after Jonathan Papelbon retired the Yankees' 2-3-4 hitters in order in the ninth.