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Sox Victorious in First Game at New Yankee Stadium

Not even mother nature could keep the Sox-Yankees rivalry from starting a new chapter. A rain delay of over two hours chased away most of the crowd at Yankee Stadium, but those who left missed out on a real nail-biter that came down to the very last pitch.

Jon Lester tied a career high with 10 strikeouts as the Sox remained unbeaten against New York this season with a 6-4 victory in the Bronx. Mike Lowell (2-4) and Jason Bay (3-5) each hit their 6th home run of the season and were responsible for driving in four of Boston’s six runs.

The game came down to the last batter as Jonathan Papelbon loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th with two outs and the Sox up by two. Fortunately, Papelbon settled down and got Robinson Cano to strike out swinging as he picked up his 7th save of the season to help Boston improve to 16-10.

Sox Stud of the Game

Jason Bay, LF: Bay was 3-5 at the plate with his 6th home run and two RBI (22 on the season). In his previous five games, Bay had collected just one hit.

Sox Dud of the Game

Kevin Youkilis, 1B: Youkilis went 0-3 at the plate with 2 strikeouts and he left the game in the 6th inning with lower back tightness. He was replaced by Jeff Bailey.

Game Notes

W: Jon Lester (2-2)
L: Phil Hughes (1-1)

S: Jonathan Papelbon (7)

  • Papelbon recorded his first five-out save since 7/21/08 against Seattle
  • New York’s Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate and finished 2-5 on the night with 2 RBI
  • It was only the third time all season that Lester had not allowed at least 5 ER in a game.

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  1. [...] Ramon Ramirez came on in relief for 0.1IP, but notably allowed his first run of the season, on Big Tex’s first home run on the season.  This forced Jonathan Papelbon to come on for the five out save.  In the 32 pitch effort, he allowed two hits, but struck out three to secure the victory.  The middle of the order was very effective for the Red Sox as J.D. Drew, hitting fifth, was 1-2 with two walks, Jason Bay continued his hot play with a 3-5 performance, including a two run homer, and Mike Lowell was 2-4 with a home run as well in the 6-4 win. [...]

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