Solo shots, Jon Lester lead Red Sox past Yankees

DJ Bean
June 28, 2014 - 6:03 pm
Mike Napoli hit a solo homer to right field to break a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning and give Jon Lester and the Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Saturday night. Lester took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed one run (unearned) over his eight innings of work, but the Sox struggled to generate offense of their own against Masahiro Tanaka, who tossed all nine innings for New York. Both teams scored a run apiece in the third inning, with David Ross hitting a solo homer off Tanaka in the top of the frame and the Yankees cashing in on a sloppy inning from the Sox that included an error from Stephen Drew and a hit batter. Lester'€™s no-hit bid was broken up by a Brett Gardner single to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Koji Uehara pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Red Sox to earn his 17th save of the season. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- Though he was caught attempting to stretch a single into a double (see below), Dustin Pedroia had three hits on the night for the Sox. It was Pedroia'€™s first three-hit game since June 7 against the Tigers. -- Pedroia came through big in the field in the bottom of the eighth inning with a diving stop on a ground ball from Derek Jeter. With Gardner having walked to lead off the eighth, Pedroia dove to get to the ball and flipped it from his glove to Drew to start a 4-6-3 double play. -- It was a good night for Ross, who also threw out Gardner in the bottom of the sixth inning. -- Things went from terrifying to all good for the Sox in the bottom of the eighth, as a throw from Ross to try to catch Jacoby Ellsbury stealing second went into the outfield with two out and two strikes on Mark Teixeira. Though television cameras were on Ellsbury advancing to third and turning for home, home plate umpire Andy Fletcher had called strike three on the play, ending the inning. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- Credit Pedroia for both a gutsy decision and a great slide, but his attempt at stretching a single on a ball hit to shallow left center into a double cost the Sox in the top of the sixth inning. Pedroia challenged the arm of Ellsbury and slid to avoid the tag at second base. He was initially called safe, but a challenge from Joe Girardi yielded the correct call that he was tagged in the thigh before touching the bag. -- In a game reminiscent of John Lackey'€™s dominant nine scoreless innings that yielded him a no-decision back on the June 18 against the Twins, the Sox saw their staring pitcher turn in a superb performance, only to receive minimal run support. The Red Sox themselves had only five hits through the first eight innings. They finished with seven on the night. Interestingly enough, Napoli also homered to win that game against the Twins as well.