NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Jorge Posada drove in three runs Wednesday and the New York Yankees pounded out 16 hits to outslug Boston 15-9.
New York overcame a six-run Boston fifth to win for the fifth time in seven games.
After throwing a complete game in his previous outing against the Red Sox, New York starter Chien-Ming Wang coughed up eight runs on nine hits in four innings.
LaTroy Hawkins (1-0), the third of five New York pitchers, picked up the win by allowing one hit over two innings. Brian Bruney, who came on in the eighth when the Yankees were protecting a two-run lead, recorded the last four outs for his first save.
The loss went to Julian Tavares (0-1), who was touched for three runs in 1 1/3.
Boston's big fifth inning allowed the Red Sox to wipe out a 7-3 deficit, but New York scored four times in its half of the fifth.
Posada contributed a run-scoring double in that inning and doubled home two more in a four-run eighth.