NEW YORK -- It took almost exactly one-quarter of their season, but, finally, the Red Sox are at .500.
Digging out from their 2-10 start, the Red Sox edged the New York Yankees, 7-5, for a sweep of their three-game series and a 20-20 record. Boston is 5-1 against the Yankees this season.
The Red Sox got a three-run homer from Kevin Youkilis to tie the game at 4-4, then used solo homers from David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to go ahead. A costly error by Alex Rodriguez in the seventh also led to a run.
Jon Lester walked four and gave up two homers, but settled down after the first two innings and limited to just one singles over his final four innings, improving to 5-1.