Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Jon Lester pitched eight innings of one-run ball to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees Saturday at Fenway Park.
Lester allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts to improve to 14-8 as the Red Sox (91-59) trimmed their magic number in the American League East to six.
Saturday’s gem marked Lester’s second consecutive start in which he has gone eight innings. He has thrown eight straight quality starts since Aug. 8, posting a 1.83 ERA.
Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes provided the offense for the Red Sox as they reached base four times while five different players recorded an RBI against Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia.
Sabathia (13-13) labored over six innings of work, allowing five runs on nine hits with four walks and five strikeouts as the Yankees (79-70) gained no ground in their pursuit of an AL Wild Card spot.
After an efficient seven-pitch first inning, Sabathia had to work hard in the second, a frame that featured a Mark Reynolds throwing error to set up Will Middlebrooks’ run-scoring groundout.
David Ortiz knocked in Boston’s second run with an RBI double off Sabathia in the third, followed by a Jonny Gomes run-scoring single. Shane Victorino added a run-scoring single in the fourth and Daniel Nava lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Yankees scored their only run in the fourth inning when Curtis Granderson tripled and scored on a Robinson Cano groundout. The Yankees played without Alfonso Soriano, who a late scratch due to a sprained thumb.
Clay Buchholz takes the mound Sunday night against Ivan Nova as the Red Sox go for the three-game sweep that would allow them to finish the season with a 13-6 record against the Yankees.