CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 04: Eric Chavez #12 of the New York Yankees and teammate Mark Teixeira celebrate their 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
A sixth-inning rally propelled the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. With the win, the Yankees took over first-place in the AL East.
The New York Yankees used a big sixth inning to down the Boston Red Sox and take a one-game lead in the American League East standings on Friday night at Fenway Park. The Yankees scored three in the sixth, coming back from a 2-0 deficit at the time to take the lead before hanging on down the stretch.
Jacoby Ellsbury broke a scoreless tie in the third, doubling off the left-center field wall with two outs. Marco Scutaro came all the way around from first to score, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tacked on one more run in the fourth as David Ortiz went deep with two outs.
But the Yankees rallied in the sixth as Jon Lester pitched himself into a jam. After a lead-off walk to Eduardo Nunez and a Derek Jeter single, Curtis Granderson cut the Boston lead to one with an RBI single. The next batter, Mark Texeria, walked to load the bases before Jeter came around to score as Robinson Cano grounded into a double-play. With the score tied at two, Nick Swisher doubled to left, plating Granderson for what turned out to be the winning run.
Bartolo Colon lasted just 4-2/3 innings for New York, giving up two runs on six hits. The Yankees used five different pitchers to finish the game, with Mariano Rivera earning the save by closing out the ninth inning. Boone Logan took the win, pitching just one inning and allowing one hit while striking out two.
Lester was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in six innings. Matt Albers, Randy Williams and Alfredo Aceves finished the game for the Red Sox, combining to pitch a scoreless three innings in the loss.