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Red Sox sweep Yankees, reach .500 for first time all season

We are midway through the month of May, and the Red Sox are finally .500. Boston completed a sweep of the Yankees in New York last night, improving to 5-1 against the Bombers this season. It was a rough start for Lester on Sunday night. He allowed 4 runs in the first 2 innings, but settled down afterward to gut through 6 strong innings. Lester is now 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA. Freddy Garcia started in a losing effort for New York. After a shutout 1st inning, Garcia allowed 4 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The big strike came off the bat of Kevin Youkilis. After a close pitch that was called a ball, (that everyone in New York thought was strike 3) Youk took the very next pitch out of the park. That 3-run blast had tied the game at 4 early in the game. In the 5th, David Ortiz would score the go-ahead run, blasting a homerun into the rightfield stands. He actually chipped his bat on the hit, but he somehow put the ball in the stands. An error by A-Rod would allow Pedrioa to advance to 3rd and home to score an insurance run in the 7th. In the bottom half of the inning, Alfrado Aceves allowed a double by Rodriguez. Granderson, who walked earlier in the inning, would score on an error by Crawford. Boston still had a 1 run lead though. Saltalamacchia added an insurance run in the top of the 8th, taking Joba Chamberlin deep to right. Bard was solid in the 8th, and Papelbon sat down Granderson, Teixeira, and Rodriguez in order to record the save in the 9th. New York has now dropped 9 out of 12, and now must head to Tampa to take on the Rays.

David Ortiz hits 5th inning homerun

David Ortiz blast one out, as the Sox sweep the Yankees in New York

That’s the first time Boston has swept New York in a 3 or more game series in New York since… 2004. That leaves them just 3 games behind the East leading Rays, and 1 game behind the 2nd place Yankees. It’s been a long journey, but the Sox have put themselves in position to get back in the playoff hunt. The Sox will head back to Boston for a 3 game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting tonight. The Sox have had great pitching, and decent hitting. Hopefully the bats pick up after this series. From now on, the Red Sox have to have a different mentality. They no longer have to play desperate baseball, but they certainly can’t let off the gas just yet. Boston has hit the reset button, but what are they gonna do with it?

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