By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
On his fifth try this season, CC Sabathia finally figured how to beat the Red Sox, though it wasn't exactly textbook pitching.
Sabathia gave up 10 hits, but limited the Red Sox to just two runs over six innings while throwing 128 pitches, the most ever as a member of the Yankees as the Yanks held off the Red Sox, 5-2. The Sox outhit the Yankees 13-9, but stranded 16 base runners, tying a season high.
The victory moved the Yankees into a tie with the Sox in the loss column. The Red Sox have played one more game and lead the East by a half-game.
After the Red Sox had scored twice in the fourth -- thanks to a solo homer from Carl Crawford and run-scoring double from Marco Scutaro -- to pull to within a run at 3-2, Francisco Cervelli homered in the fifth. New York tacked on another run in the seventh on a hit batsman, bunt and a double play.
John Lackey lasted seven innings and gave up all five runs, four of them earned. He suffered a loss for just the second time in his last 10 starts.
Tempers flared between the clubs when Lackey hit Cervelli in the seventh inning, ostensibly for celebrating a bit too much following his fifth-inning homer. Both benches were warned, but no further trouble followed.