Boston’s Jon Lester pitched six- plus innings of shutout baseball as the Red Sox topped the New York Yankees 2-1 to split a four-game series.
Lester allowed four hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three to raise his record to 12-7.
Boston scored its runs in the second inning. Ryan Kalish singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Jorge Posada. He scored on Bill Hall’s infield single and Hall later scored on a groundout by J.D. Drew.
Marcus Thames nearly tied the game for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh inning, following Posada’s no-out single, with a long fly ball that landed about an inch from the top of the Yankee Stadium right-field fence.
Mark Teixeira hit his team-leading 26th home run of the season, off of Bard, deep into the right-field stands to open the eighth inning. Jonathan Papelbon then pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, striking out three Yankees to record his 28th save for Boston.
The Yankees are 69-42, two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. Boston is 64-49, six games out of the division lead.