There is not much to say about this one, other than the Yankees won 7-3, to take the 4-game series, 3-1. Well, maybe there is a little bit to say.
The Sox had to play from behind again, as Lester gave up 2 first inning runs. The Sox got one back on a Derek Jeter error in the bottom of the inning. The Yankees got one back via a sac-fly in the second and the Sox pulled within one again in the third via an Ortiz double, but they would never get closer than that. The Yankees added 2 in the 5th and 7th and the Sox could only add one more in the 8th.
Andrew Jones killed the Red Sox in the series, hitting 4 home runs over the 4 games. He was responsible for the final 2 runs scored in the 7th by way of a 2-run homer. Jones now has 11 homers on the season, 4 coming in this series. Enough of that.
Let's get to Jon Lester stinking it up on the mound, again. Lester went 4 1/3, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs (4 ER), 2 walks, and struck out 6. Atchison was responsible for the Jones homer in the 7th, so a job well done there.
The Sox had to shuffle some things up early, when Adrian Gonzalez had to leave the game in the second with flu-like symptoms. Gonzo was in the clean-up spot, so who better to fill in than Nick Punto. He was actually not bad, going 2-for-3, with a pair of singles and a walk.
Oh, and Pedro Ciriaco had another nice game, going 3-for-4, with a 3 singles and a stolen base.
That wasn't so bad. I stayed as positive as possible. I didn't mention the Red Sox going 2-for-14 with RISP, or the 15 strikeouts as a team, or the 12 runners left on base.
The Red Sox re-gain their tie for last in the division at 43-43 going into the break. On another positive note, the Revolution won 2-0, so we can all sleep well tonight.