Baseball: Boston Red Sox even series with win in NY

April 13, 2014 - 4:44:40 am



NEW YORK: Left fielder Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead three-run home run with one out in the top of the sixth inning, and Jon Lester pitched effectively into the seventh, as the Boston Red Sox evened their four-game series with a win at Yankee Stadium.

Right fielder Jonny Gomes also homered for the Red Sox, who had one hit through five innings against New York starter CC Sabathia, while Lester (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox were getting stymied by Sabathia (1-2), who even with diminished velocity seemed dominant at least for the first four innings when he breezed through with 44 pitches. 

But after some tough at-bats ended with outs in the fifth, Boston managed to get to the left-hander in the sixth inning.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run and drove in five runs and Dodgers left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin held Arizona scoreless for the second time this season in a road victory over the Diamondbacks.

Ryu (2-1) gave up two hits and struck out eight in five innings. He has thrown 12 scoreless innings against Arizona this season after pitching the first five innings of a 7-5 victory in Sydney, Australia, on March 23.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez impressed in his home opener as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics.

Hernandez tossed seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out 11 along the way, though Oakland (6-4) had a four-run eighth inning to make it interesting after chasing Hernandez from the game.

Toronto starter Dustin McGowan threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the Blue Jays took advantage of several miscues by the Baltimore Orioles for a road victory in the first of their three-game series yesterday.

McGowan (1-1) allowed five hits with two strikeouts and one walk on 90 pitches in just his second start since 2011.

Left-hander Chris Sale became the first three-game winner of the MLB season as the White Sox beat the Indians.

Sale (3-0) left with a lead after five innings of work as the White Sox topped the Indians for the second straight night at home.

Left fielder Justin Upton looped a single into right field to score pinch-runner Jordan Schafer and give the Atlanta Braves a home win over the Washington Nationals in the 10th inning.

Upton fisted a 2-2 pitch off reliever Jerry Blevins (1-1) in front of centre fielder Bryce Harper.

The ball landed in front of Harper and took a bounce to the right, which allowed Schafer to race all the way from first base with the winning run.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson allowed one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, helping the Twins to a big home win over the Kansas City Royals.

Gibson struck out three and walked four, improving to 2-0 this season. 

He became the first Twins starter to pitch into the seventh inning in 10 games this season.

Right fielder Marlon Byrd drove in two runs as the Philadelphia Phillies bombed Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. AGENCIES

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