Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz reacts after being hit by...

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (June 9, 2011) Credit: AP

CC Sabathia finally satisfied Yankees fans' blood lust, hitting David Ortiz with a pitch.

And listening closely, you could hear the distinctive sound of Red Sox laughter all the way to Toronto after completing a sweep of the Yankees with an emphatic 8-3 victory in front of a charged crowd of 48,845 at the Stadium, one that endured a 3-hour, 27-minute rain delay before the first pitch.

The Yankees (33-27), the good feelings created by their recent 6-3 West Coast trip wiped clean away, dropped to 1-8 this season against the Red Sox, who start a three-game series against the Blue Jays Friday night. The Yankees trail Boston (36-26) by two games in the AL East.

"The old saying, when you're going good, you're not as good as you think and when you're going bad, you're not as bad as you think,'' Mark Teixeira said. "They just came and beat us.''

With Joba Chamberlain likely facing Tommy John surgery, Russell Martin's back keeping him out of a second straight game and questions abound regarding the rotation, bullpen and continued dead spots in the lineup, the Yankees aren't quite in crisis mode yet; it just seems that way.

"I still think we're a very good team,'' manager Joe Girardi said. "We've had some adversity that we have to get through and we'll get through that, and I think we're still a very good team. We didn't play like it these last three days.''

Derek Jeter did pick up one hit to bring his career total to 2,990.

The Yankees had the right pitcher going to the mound in Sabathia (7-4) , who came in on a roll, having lasted at least eight innings in each of his previous four starts, winning all four. Sabathia had allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts.

Friday night the lefthander shut out the Red Sox for six innings before it all came apart in a seven-run seventh that turned a 2-0 Red Sox deficit into a 7-2 lead.

"Very disappointed,'' Sabathia said. "That's the outing. We lose the game and get swept. I take total blame for everything that happened in the seventh inning.''

Sabathia's offense had been giving him 7.23 runs per start this season but he received nowhere near that against Josh Beckett (5-2), who allowed just a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the first, but nothing thereafter. Beckett allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out six, walked two and hit three batters.

Ah, the hit batsmen.

A backdrop of retaliation accompanied the last two days, given the events of Tuesday, when Ortiz theatrically flipped his bat after a fifth-inning home run and two Yankees were hit by Jon Lester. Another Yankee was hit Wednesday, though it was by knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Fans, and some media, had been wondering why no Yankee pitcher had put a Red Sox batter down the first two games -- both because of Ortiz who, many claim was getting "too comfortable'' at the plate against the Yankees, and because of the three New York batters who had been hit the first two games. Two more, Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, were hit by Beckett before Sabathia hit Ortiz. (Beckett would hit Granderson on the top of the left foot with a curveball in the fifth).

Ortiz took a 97-mph fastball in the midsection in the fourth and plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately warned both benches.

It marked the first time Ortiz had been hit by a Yankee pitcher since he joined the Red Sox in 2003.

"Threw a two-seamer and it kind of got away,'' Sabathia said.

His teammates didn't bite at the question, nor did the manager.

"You guys figure that one out,'' said Teixeira, knocked out of Tuesday's game in the first inning after taking a fastball off his right kneecap.

"We had four or five guys hit this series and I think they had one,'' Girardi said. "Nobody wants to see their guys get hit because you risk injury.''

A chant of "CC! CC!'' reverberated throughout the stadium as a smiling Ortiz made his way to first.

His smile became broader in the deciding seventh when he, still looking quite comfortable at the plate, led off the inning with a single and later in the frame contributed a two-run double off David Robertson, which accounted for the first run -- one of the runs was charged to Sabathia -- the righthander had allowed in 11 appearances. After the double, Ortiz, again, theatrically, pounded his hands together.

The Red Sox added a run in the ninth off Jeff Marquez, claimed by the Yankees Wednesday. Jeter's RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth made it 8-3.

The Yankees won't get a chance at redemption against the Red Sox until Aug. 5, when they start a three-game series at Fenway Park.

"There's a lot of baseball to be played until we see them again,'' Girardi said. "How we play the next month-and-a-half, two months, before we see them again is going to have a lot to do with where we're at.

"It's not how you wanted it to end tonight, it did, you have to move on. You can't have a hangover tomorrow. You have to come out, play a good game and try and win a game. This game, you're going to go through a lot of highs and lows.''

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