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Sizemore Seizes Win For Red Sox

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The one obvious similarity going into Friday night’s game between the New York Yankees and the visiting Boston Red Sox was that neither team had yet found its groove early on in this new season.

With two left-handed pitchers in CC Sabathia and Jon Lester on the mound for their respective teams, it appeared that no one would have the upper hand in a tightly contested duel.

The sixth inning cared little for close games and intrigue, and opened up a Pandora’s box of scoring for the Red Sox who scored all four of their runs in a 4-2 win over the Yankees on a lead-off homer by Jonny Gomes and a three-run blast by Grady Sizemore to even the four-game set at 1-1.

For Gomes, batting lead-off this season has been a struggle, as the right-fielder came into the game with a .174 batting average and one RBI. His home run to begin top of the sixth inning was his first of the season, which tied the game at 1-1.

Sizemore, the newest bat in the Boston lineup, hit his second homer of the season off a slider by Sabathia lofting it over the W.B Mason sign in right-field after back-to-back singles by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.

“Not surprised one bit,” said Gomes on Sizemore’s power early this season.

“I’m not really thinking about it,” Sizemore said on hitting home runs. “I think everyone kind of pitches you different…it’s just about the reps [repetitions], getting your timing back.

With a 4-2 lead, the Red Sox turned to the duo of Junichi Tazawa and Edward Mujica. Tazawa pitched one and one-third inning of one-hit ball with two strikeouts; while Mujica earned his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

For Mujica, the save came off an injury to closer Koji Uehara, who is out with shoulder problems. With an 0-1 record, and a 15.43 ERA from a previous appearance, the save for Mujica was a big show of confidence by Boston manager John Farrell.

“I’m ready to go when I get the call,” said Mujica, who Farrell indicated will be his closer until more is known about the extent of Uehara’s injury.

The poor sixth inning was frustrating for Sabathia, who struck out a season-high nine batters in seven innings, giving up four earned runs off six hits and two walks. With the nine strikeouts, Sabathia took sole possession of 11th place on the Yankees all-time strikeout list with 1,017 strikeouts [Roger Clemens who he passed had 1,014].

“I was a little bit better,” Sabathia said. “I haven’t really been able to put a whole game together.”

Lester started and earned the victory, going six and two-thirds innings for two earned runs off six hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Lester is now the first Boston pitcher since Pedro Martinez to begin a season with three or more starts of six plus innings pitched and six strikeouts.

“Just [a] grind. No one pitch that stands out, threw a lot more curves than before,” said Lester on his success against the Yankees.

The Yankees scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning on a lead-off home run by Alfonso Soriano that just stayed fair, falling into the second deck in left-field above the Syracuse sign that gave the Bombers an early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Yankees’ first baseman Kelly Johnson, delivered an RBI-single off a full-count pitch by Lester, as the ball bounced between the space at first and second, scoring Ichiro Suzuki from second base for the final score of 4-2.

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