The New York Mets rallied from a four-run deficit in the final three innings to defeat the Houston Astros 6-4.
At Yankee Stadium, Gonzalez homered in the fourth to give the Red Sox (18-20) a 1-0 lead and then hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh for a 3-2 advantage. Youkilis added two more runs on his homer in the seventh as Boston went up 5-2.
Catcher Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the fifth for the Yankees (20-16) while Curtis Granderson scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and hit a run-scoring single in the ninth.
Clay Buchholz (4-3) pitched seven innings for the win, giving up five hits and two runs and striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon got his sixth save after allowing two hits and one run in the ninth inning. Bartolo Colon surrendered five hits and three runs, and struck out four in six innings for the loss.
At Minute Maid Park in Houston, Jason Bay homered in the seventh to start the Mets’ rally, while pinch hitter Fernando Martinez and David Wright each added two-run homers in the eighth. Jason Pridie capped the scoring with a one-run double in the ninth for New York (18-20).
The Astros (14-24) jumped off to a 4-0 lead when Carlos Lee scored Bud Norris on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, and Chris Johnson doubled to score Lee, Bill Hall hit a one-run single and Humberto Quintero reached first on an error, allowing Johnson to score in the sixth.
Pat Misch (1-0) got the win for pitching 1 2/3 perfect innings. Jeff Fulchino (0-1) allowed one hit and one run in 2/3 of an inning for the loss.
In other American League games, it was Cleveland 5, Seattle 4; Detroit 3, Kansas City 1; Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 0; Texas 4, the Los Angeles Angels 1; Toronto 2, Minnesota 0; and the Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 3.
In the National League, it was Colorado 12, San Diego 7; Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 2; Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 4; Florida 6, Washington 5 (11); Cincinnati 6, St. Louis 5 (10); the Chicago Cubs 11, San Francisco 4; and the Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Arizona 3.
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