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Fresh off a sweep of the Oakland A’s, the Red Sox entered Yankee Stadium, the first stop on a three-city road trip, looking to keep their winning ways going. With Jon Lester taking the mound for Game 1, the series looked like it would open with a bang. While Lester did not have his best stuff against the Bronx Bombers Tuesday, he kept the team in the game thanks to strong offensive performances by his teammates.
Jacoby Ellsbury got things started early with a leadoff home run. Dustin Pedroia followed up with a walk and scored himself on a triple by Adrian Gonzalez. A Kevin Youkilis sac fly later and the Red Sox had put three runs on the board before their pitcher even took the mound for the first time. Two outs into the second inning, and Yankees starter Freddy Garcia called it a night.
Thankfully for the Yankees, Hector Noesi, who came in after an inning and a third of relief by veteran Luis Ayala, pitched six innings of two–run ball. After losing Garcia in the second inning, Noesi saved Joe Girardi’s bullpen from a potential disaster.
After clean innings from Matt Albers and Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon came into the game to record his 200th save. Papelbon gave up a run in the process and put himself in the unenviable situation of facing Alex Rodriguez in a potentially game-tying at bat, but collected the save anyway and secured Lester’s eighth win of the season.
Big Papi hit his 14th home run and is now batting .324/.390/.602 on the season with 32 RBI.
Every time Crawford collects a few good at bats, it seems like he is about to turn the corner and then he puts up an 0-4 night that tempers those expectations again.
W: Lester (8-2)
L: Garcia (4-5)
SV: Papelbon (12)