BOSTON -- With injuries piling up all around them, before and during the game, the Red Sox managed to start the second half of their season with a win, holding off the New York Yankees, 4-2 at a steamy Fenway Park.
Felix Doubront won his third straight start and extended his string of consecutive quality starts to four straight. Doubront didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. One of the two runs charged to him was unearned.
Doubront got quick support from Jacoby Ellsbury, who homered over the bullpens to lead off the game against veteran Andy Pettitte.
The Sox used the longball to add to their lead in the second when, after a walk to Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes added a two-run homer into the Monster Seats.
The Yankees nicked Doubront for a run in the fourth, as Brett Gardner walked, stole second and then third and raced home on a throwing error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Doubles by Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart produced the second New York run in the fifth.
Koji Uehara earned his ninth save with a perfect ninth inning as the Red Sox improved to 5-2 against the Yankees this season.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Felix Doubront
The Red Sox lefty won his third staight start and posted his fourth straight quality start while improving to 7-3. Doubront has managed a quality start in every career start against the Yankees (six of them), the first Red Sox pitcher to do that since Dutch Leonard in 1915.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jonny Gomes
With the Sox already up 1-0, Gomes belted a two-run homer in the second to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. For Gomes, it was his fourth homer in his last 17 games after hitting three in his first 50 games this season.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Brett Gardner
The Yankees are already shorthanded and Gardner didn't help the cause by slamming his helmet in protest of a called third strike in the fifth, leading to his ejection from the game. That forced manager Joe Girardi to bring two new players off the bench and shift a few others around to different positions.
TURNING POINT: The Sox were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the seventh when a wild pitch by Shawn Kelly allowed Gomes to move from second to third, from where he scored on a single to right by Jose Iglesias.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox improved to 24-15 (.615) against American League East opponents this season, the best A.L. East percentage by any team in the league.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I'm focused on just trying to help us win baseball games; that's what I'm trying to do.'' Dustin Pedroia, sidestepping questions about a report that he and the Red Sox are close to a contract extension.