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Lester, Red Sox Beat Yankees 2-1 to Split Four-Game Series

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.

After Lester hit Austin Kearns with a pitch to load the bases, he struck out Curtis Granderson and was replaced by Daniel Bard, who struck out Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher to end the threat.

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.

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