But at a time when even the city that doesn't sleep was getting drowsy, the Sox discovered the energy to sweep their rivals away.
A seven-run seventh inning propelled the Red Sox to an 8-3 victory against the Yankees. That's six straight wins for the Sox and a two-game lead in the American League East.
For the first time since 1913, the Red Sox have swept two three-game series from the Yankees in New York.
The Sox are 8-1 against the Yankees this season, outscoring them 60-37. Going back to last season, the Sox have won 15 of the last 20 games between the teams.
Josh Beckett (5-2) improved to 3-0 against the Yankees this season with an 0.86 earned run average. He allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings and struck out six.
Every Red Sox starter had at least one hit and eight players each scored a run. Now that's balance.