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Ciriaco Triple Helps Red Sox Hold Off Yankees for 8-6 Victory

Jon Lester wasn't perfect but he had a much needed bounce back performance on Saturday (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 8-6 in Game 2 of the weekend series in New York. Jon Lester was the starting pitcher and recorded a no decision. Lester had a much better outing this game than his recent starts, going six innings strong, allowing four earned runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The Red Sox got the offense going early in the first inning. Pedro Ciriaco and Dustin Pedroia got on base with back-to-back singles off of Yankee starter CC Sabathia. Adrian Gonzalez then doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Ciriaco and moving Pedroia to third base. Will Middlebrooks then hit a double of his own to left center field, scoring both Pedroia and Gonzalez, putting the Sox on top 3-0 after the first inning.

The Yankees finally got on the board in the third inning after Chris Stewart hit his first home run of the season. Before that home run, Lester had retired the first eight batters he faced.

The Red Sox added to their lead in the fifth inning. With two outs, Ciriaco singled and then stole second. Pedroia walked, putting runners on first and second for the hot hitting Gonzalez. Adrian then bombed a three-run home run to right field, extending the lead to 6-1.

Lester experienced some struggles in the fifth inning, his only tough inning of the game. He walked Andruw Jones to lead the inning off. Jayson Nix then hit a two-run home run to cut into the Sox lead. Russell Martin then drew a walk and Ichiro singled, putting runners on first and second with no one out. Stewart then placed a sacrifice bunt down the third base line, moving the runners up to scoring position while being thrown out at first. Derek Jeter then grounded out to Mike Aviles, but Jones scored in the backdoor, making the score 6-4 at the end of five innings.

Both teams remained stagnant until the bottom of the eighth inning. Vicente Padilla came into to pitch and gave up a single to Raul Ibanez. He then struck out Jeter and Curtis Granderson. Padilla’s least favorite Yankee, Mark Teixeira, was up next and Teixeira got the last laugh on this night. Teixeira blasted a home run to right field, tying the game 6-6 heading into the ninth inning.

Rafael Soriano came onto pitch the ninth for the Yankees. Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out in the inning. Ciriaco then hit a fly ball to center field that Granderson misplayed and did not catch. Ellsbury scored all the way from first and Ciriaco made it to third base on the play. Pedroia then hit a sacrifice fly to score Ciriaco and give the Sox the 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Alfredo Aceves came on in the ninth and retired the side in order to notch his 22nd save of the season, and cap off a much-needed victory for the Red Sox.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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