Yanks Fall To Red Sox 4-1
Boston Red Sox (59-62) starter Jon Lester has struggled mightily this season but on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx it was a different story. Lester shut down the Yankees (71-49) offense in the 4-1 victory allowing only one run on five hits in seven strong innings of work. Lester now stands at 7-10 and has won his last two starts after not winning since June 27th.
David Phelps produced a quality start in his second outing since C.C. Sabathia went on the disabled list. Phelps went 6 2/3 gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out seven.
The Red Sox jumped out to a quick lead in the top of first inning. Carl Crawford singled leading to an Adrian Gonzalez opposite field two run homer. It was Gonzalez 14th of the season and put the Sox up 2-0.
The only Yankee run came in the fourth inning when Curtis Granderson homered to dead center field into Monument Park. It was Granderson’s second home run in as many days giving him 32 for the season.
In the top of the fifth, Nick Punto laced an RBI doubled scoring Pedro Ciriaco putting the Sox up 3-1.The Red Sox shortstop Ciraco, their eight hitter went 4-4 with a double and a run scored.
The final Boston run came in the ninth inning. Scott Podsednik led off with a single, Ciriaco doubled putting runners on second and third, Cody Eppely pitching to Nick Punto then threw a wild pitch allowing Podsednik to score.
The Yankees will play the Red Sox again on Sunday night. Josh Beckett (5-10 5.19) starts for the Red Sox while Hiroki Kuroda (11-8 3.06) goes for the Yankees. Pregame coverage begins at 7:30, first pitch at 8:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.