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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.
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.
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.
W: Jon Lester (2-2)
L: Phil Hughes (1-1)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (7)