John Lester allowed just four hits over 6 1/3 innings of work to lead the Boston Red Sox to split their four game weekend series with the New York Yankees yesterday in the Bronx. The 2-1 victory featured nine Yankees stranded on the base paths in scoring position. The game changer came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Marcus Thames hit the top of the fence in right center to leave Jorge Posada at third. Daniel Bard then proceeded to send Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher back to the dugout with a pair of K’s to get out of the jam. “Exciting,” said Lester on Bard after the game. “He did a great job executing pitches that inning.”
Bard let up New York’s only run courtesy of a Mark Teixiera bomb to right in the eighth. Papelbon was able to shut the door from there, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings to earn the save. “I’d say that would be one of the better days I’ve felt this year,” said Papelbon. “It was pretty stellar.” The Sox manufactured their two runs in the second with a combination of singles and stolen bases. Jacoby Ellsbury tied a team record with four steals on the day.
The Red Sox are now six games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 4 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card chase. They are next scheduled to matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays this week before traveling to Arlington to face the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!