Red Sox - 000 000 100 - 1 8 0 Yankees - 020 010 10x - 4 7 0Sabathia (7.1-6-1-0-10, 109) was the story on Friday night, dominating the Red Sox with a steady diet of sliders and cutters. He struck out four in a row and five of six batters during a stretch in the middle innings. Sabathia did not allow a Boston runner to third base until the seventh inning.
Lester (6.1-6-4-4-5, 116), on the other hand, seemed off all night, unable to hit his spots. Even when he was getting outs, Lester battled, as the Yankees worked the count relentlessly. He needed 31 pitches to get through the second inning. Mark Teixeira walked and Vernon Wells followed with a double over Jackie Bradley's head in center. Jayson Nix singled in Teixeira and Ichiro Suzuki singled in Wells. Only an extraordinary pivot by Dustin Pedroia on a double play grounder saved Lester from more abuse.
In the fifth, after Lester hit a batter and walked another, Kevin Youkilis singled home New York's third run. After Lester departed with two on in the seventh, Andrew Miller allowed an inherited runner to score.
Sabathia worked around a two-out double in each of the first two innings. He was also aided by double plays in the third and sixth. Boston finally scored when Pedroia (3-for-4) and Mike Napoli each doubled in the seventh. With his lead in slight jeopardy, Sabathia struck out Stephen Drew and got David Ross on a grounder to second.
The Red Sox rallied against Mariano Rivera in the ninth. Pedroia and David Ortiz both stroked one-out singles, but Napoli struck out on three pitches and Drew grounded back to the box.
Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3, upping his average to .435.
Nava, LFJacoby Ellsbury strained his left groin while stealing his fifth base last night, and is not in the starting lineup.
Sabathia has a 4.85 ERA and 1.483 WHIP in May. In his last start, he allowed seven runs to the Rays.
W L PCT GB Red Sox 33 22 .600 --- Yankees 30 23 .566 2.0 Orioles 30 24 .556 2.5 Rays 29 24 .547 3.0 Blue Jays 23 31 .426 9.5