Mike Napoli’s solo home run off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka in the top of the ninth inning propelled the Red Sox to a 2-1 win over their rivals at Yankee Stadium Saturday night.
In what was a fantastic pitcher’s duel between Tanaka and Red Sox ace Jon Lester, Boston was able to walk away with the W to even up the series in the Bronx and set the stage for a great rubber-match this evening.
Lester was outstanding again, going eight innings and giving up one run (zero earned), five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He is now 9-7 on the season and has a 2.97 ERA. Koji Uehara was perfect, as usual, picking up his 17th save and showing he has rebounded from his fiasco in Oakland.
Though the offense is still sputtering, Napoli’s presence has definitely made a significant impact. This is his second late-inning home run to help give the BoSox a big victory and now sets them up to win a series they looked as if they would be hoping to salvage.
Dustin Pedroia seems to be heating up as of late, contributing three hits in the contest. Mookie Betts didn’t get into the game, but hopefully we will see him get a chance tonight to make his Major League debut.
John Lackey takes the mound for Boston tonight at Yankee Stadium against youngster Chase Whitley, who was roughed up in his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays. Here’s hoping he is in for another rough start and that Lackey bounces back from his previous one.