Sir Sidney Ponson of Aruba, that of his 10 hits allowed, 7 runs scored one walk issued, one strikeout and one bleacher homer given to David Ortiz was all the Red Sox needed to avoid a sweep last night.

The Yankees’ offense was no help either, losing 9-2 behind four pathetic innings by Ponson.

After Jeter caused Jacoby Ellsbury to go to the warning track to catch a long fly and Abreu hit a two-out double gave me hope that the Yankees could break their jinx against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, they could not muster any more runs.

Even getting the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning with no outs, the Yankees only got two runs out of that. They would not threaten for the rest of the evening.

Ponson’s replacement, Dan Giese was slightly better, but still is, and cannot be, the fifth starter the Yankees need. Ponson’s performance (and that of Darrell Rasner) just points all the signs in the right direction: that the Yankees need to get another arm — until Wang, Hughes, or someone from Triple A can effectively shore up the rotation.

Along with Ortiz’s home run, Manny Ramirez, Ellsbury, and other Red Sox hitters had a good night. I won’t go into details because it was a stupid loss for the Yankees.

But, admittedly, 2 out of 3 at Fenway ain’t bad. The Yankees are two behind Boston and three behind Tampa Bay in the division.