NEW YORK -- For openers, it was all the Red Sox could have asked.
The Sox jumped on CC Sabathia for four runs in the second inning and then turned to a deep bullpen for the final 12 outs as the Sox outclassed a depleted New York Yankees lineup, 8-2, Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Jon Lester got the win with five innings of work, during which he allowed two runs on five hits while fanning seven. A 34-pitch fourth inning drove his pitch count up and forced him from the game after 96 pitches. The bullpen contributed four one-hit, shutout innings, and Andrew Bailey recorded the key out of the game when he struck out Kevin Youkilis with two on and two out in the seventh, preserving a 5-2 lead.
Shane Victorino keyed the four-run second with a bases-loaded single to left, scoring two runs; an infield hit by Jose Iglesias and an opposite-field single from Dustin Pedroia accounted for the other two runs that inning. The Sox added one insurance run in the seventh, then tacked on three more in the ninth against Joba Chamberlain.
Jackie Bradley Jr., making his major-league debut, walked three times, scored two runs, knocked in one and made a run-saving catch in left in the third.
STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester lasted only five innings, but limited the Yankees to just two runs while striking out seven. A 34-pitch fourth inning limited how long he could go, but for the most part, Lester loooked like the Lester of old as he attempts to put last year's 14-loss season behind him.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley was hitless in five plate appearances, but impacted the game in virtually every other way possible. He worked three walks, scored two runs, knocked in another, helped extend an inning with his hustle and robbed Robinson Cano of extra bases in the fourth.
GOAT OF THE GAME: CC Sabathia
Sabathia has struggled at times against the Sox and Monday was no different. He gave up four runs in the second, putting the depleted Yankee lineup in a hole early.
With two on and two out in the seventh, John Farrell brought in Andrew Bailey to face Kevin Youkilis and the Sox leading by three runs. Bailey overpowered Youkilis with a 95-mph fastball, stranding both runners and ending any momentum the Yanks may have had.
BY THE NUMBERS
Jackie Bradley worked three walks -- or the same number that Carl Crawford had in 121 at-bats for the Red Sox last season.
QUOTE OF NOTE
"I think we established [an aggressive style] that in spring training, to tell you the truth, all the way from our first meeting with John [Farrell]. We're just carrying it into the season.''
-- Jonny Gomes, who scored from second on an infield single in the ninth.