Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester finally has a win to show for his strong pitching thus far in the young MLB season. On Friday night, the left-hander was again impressive, leading the Sox to a 4-2 victory of the rival New York Yankees. According to AP Sports Writer, Howie Rumberg on April 11, the Red Sox offense also showed up at Yankees Stadium.
The offense finally came through for Lester in the sixth inning when Jonny Gomes led off the inning by taking Yankees starter CC Sabathia deep to put the Sox on the board. The run support continued in the same inning when Grady Sizemore came to the plate with two runners on base. The rejuvenated outfielder delivered the second homer of the inning, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead. Sizemore said after the game that it was "good to have a rally there in that inning."
As the Sox offense has struggled with Lester on the mound, the lefty took advantage of having a lead. Lester held the Yankees lineup to just a pair of runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. It was his third straight strong performance in a contract year. Cather David Ross praised Lester's effort after the game.
"His good stuff is better than most people's best stuff - I wouldn't say he was at his best, but he was pretty darn good, that's a good lineup that he navigated through. I think he puts a lot of pressure on himself to do well and be perfect and nobody is. When Jon pitches like that, I mean, that's all you can ask for a guy. he's our horse, we depend on him. He does really well."
Jon Lester's strong performance held up as the Sox evened the four game series with the Yankees 1-1. Lester approved to 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Overall he improved his record at Yankee Stadium to 8-3, the most wins by any visiting pitcher.
Notes: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was held out of Friday night's game due to right shoulder stiffness encountered while throwing during pregame warmups. Edward Mujica was used in Uehara's place in the ninth inning. With the victory, Boston is now 5-6 on the season. The Red Sox will send John Lackey (2-0) to the mound against Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) in the third game of the weekend series.