NEW YORK -- For a change, Jon Lester got some run support.
Not a lot, but enough.
In his third start of the season, Lester won for the first time this season, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings while his teammates rallied for four runs in the sixth in a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees.
All of this despite Lester himself saying the night was taxing.
"We won the game, so in the end, that's all that matters,'' said Lester. "It was a grind. I didn't have the best fastball command and my cutter wasn't all that sharp. I threw a lot more curveballs than (my
first two starts). Nothing stood out. I just had to make pitches.''
Lester allowed a solo homer to Alfonso Soriano to open the second, but didn't allow another run until he tired, at 113 pitches, in the seventh when Kelly Johnson singled home Ichiro Suzuki.''
He allowed three hits from the third through the sixth, but two were harmless infield hits.
"I thought he mixed his pitches well,'' said John Farrell. "He was down in the strike zone. He didn't have that inning where his pitches were flat through the strike zone. I thought he used his cutter, both to
lefties and in on righties.
"The one mistake was the four-seamer he didn't get in enough to Soriano, but for the first time in three outings this year, we scored some runs for him and he made them hold up.''
In his first two starts, both losses, the Sox scored a grand total of one run.
"Jon did a phenomenal job,'' said catcher David Ross. "He was good. His good stuff is better than most people at their best. I wouldn't say he was at his best, but he was pretty darn good. That's a good lineup that he navigated through. He puts a lot of pressure on himself to do well and be perfect.
"When Jon pitches like that, that's all you can ask of a guy. He's our horse and we depend on him.''