EW YORK -- For much of last night's game at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx took on the feel of Southie on St. Patrick's Day due to the number of Bostonians left loaded in public.

After seeing his team leave the bases loaded three times in the first six innings, the second baseman erased a one-run deficit by driving in two runs with a seventh-inning infield single that sent the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Loretta went 4-for-6 with three RBI to propel the division-leading Sox to their third victory in four games against New York this season.

The hit made a winner out of Tim Wakefield (3-4), who won his second straight start by allowing three runs on six hits in six innings, while striking out nine. Relievers Mike Timlin and Keith Foulke held the fort before Jonathan Papelbon came on and recorded the final four outs to earn his 13th save in as many opportunities.

The Sox left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings and trailed, 3-2, before taking their first lead in the seventh. With runners on second and third and two outs, Loretta hit a sharp two-hopper off Kyle Farnsworth that was snared on the backhand by a diving Derek Jeter. The shortstop's throw across the diamond pulled first baseman Miguel Cairo off the bag and the ball squirted out of the first baseman's glove as he slapped the tag on Loretta, which allowed pinch-runner Willie Harris to score the tying run and Alex Gonzalez to race in with the go-ahead run.

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