BOSTON - There were two separate competitions at Fenway Wednesday night - the gamesmanship and the actual game. The Red Sox won both.
After calling attention to repeat offender Michael Pineda and the glob of pine tar on his neck in the second inning, leading to his ejection, the Red Sox went on to beat the Yankees, 5-1, behind a superb start from John Lackey.
Lackey went eight innings and allowed just one run, snapping a personal two-game losing streak in the process. He gave up just seven hits -- five of them singles -- and fanned 11 while not issuing a walk.
It was just the second quality start from a Red Sox starter in the last six games.
Before Pineda was run by home plate umpire Gerry Davis, the Sox took a 2-0 lead against him in the first. Grady Sizemore snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a leadoff triple and scored on a single to center by Dustin Pedroia.
Singles by Mike Napoli (three hits) and A.J. Pierzynski produced another run.
The Sox tacked on two more in the third, thanks to an error by Derek Jeter, a passed ball by Brian McCann and a double from Napoli and added some insurance in the eighth with an RBI single from Brock Holt.
New York's only run came in the sixth when Carlos Beltran doubles, moved up on a groundout and rode home on a sacrifice fly to the warning track by Alfonso Soriano.
The Yanks committed three errors, one more than the Red Sox did in the series opener Tuesday night.
STAR OF THE GAME: John Lackey
While his counterpart was being checked for foreign substances, Lackey cruised through the Yankees lineup, allowing one run on seven hits over eighth innings. He fanned 11 and didn't allow a single walk, snapping a personal two-game losing streak.
HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Napoli
As usual, Napoli played the role of Yankee-killer. He singled as part of the two-run first, doubled home a run in the fourth and added a hard single off The Wall in the seventh.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Michael Pineda.
Pineda knew he'd be watched carefully after his start two weeks ago in New York. He was warned by Major League Baseball to, at the very least, not be so obvious with his use of pine tar. And yet, he still put more than a dab on his neck, getting himself ejected and forcing his manager to get 6 1/3 innings out of his bullpen.
TURNING POINT: The Sox were already up 2-0 in the second when Pineda got caught with pine tar on his neck. That took the starch out of the Yankees, who needed four more pitchers to get through the night and never really mustered much against the Red Sox.
BY THE NUMBERS: Mike Napoli has eight hits in six games against the Yankees this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "As obvious as this was, I felt like he needed to be checked.'' - John Farrell on Michael Pineda