The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees on Friday night, 4-2. Homers from Jonny Gomes and Grady Sizemore paved the way to victory. Jon Lester turned in yet another impressive outing and the Sox evened up their four game series opposite the Yankees at one game aside.
C.C. Sabathia held the Sox scoreless through the first five innings. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Boston plated four runs. Gomes blasted a solo shot off Sabbathia. Sizemore then followed up with a three-run blast to right. It was all the offense the Sox would need.
Sabathia had it going on with the exception of his sixth inning meltdown. New York’s top starter fanned nine Sox batters over seven innings.
Lester was dealing and he was finally rewarded for his hard work in notching his firs win of the year. The offense came through and picked him up, unlike his previous two starts. Boston’s ace amassed six strikeouts, allowed two runs, and scattered six hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.
The Yankees opened up the scoring in the second after Alfonzo Soriano belted a solo homer. They scored their second run in the seventh when Kelly Johnson collected an RBI.
Junichi Tazawa pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of Lester. He surrendered one hit and struck out two batters.