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A-Rod breaks top 25 in hits, leads Yankees past Red Sox 8-6

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Pablo Sandoval of the Boston Red Sox enters the dugout during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Sunday in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez doubled to break a sixth-inning tie, move into the top 25 on baseball’s career hits list and help the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 on Sunday.

The win gave the Yankees the edge in the three-game series and moved them 6 1/2 games in front of last-place Boston in the bunched-up AL East. New York leads the division by 3 1/2 games heading into the All-Star break.

Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder had his first career hit with a single in the seventh inning and then added a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 8-4. The Red Sox cut it to 8-6 in the ninth thanks to two New York errors, but Andrew Miller got Shane Victorino on a pop-up to shallow left to end it.

Brian McCann also had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Nathan Eovaldi (9-2) pitched five innings for the Yankees.