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Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

4/11/2014



NEW YORK -- Takeaways from the Bronx, where Jonny Gomes doesn't take kindly to having his name misspelled, Grady Sizemore reintroduced himself to former teammate CC Sabathia in a big way, Jon Lester rediscovered what it's like to pitch with a lead, and Junichi Tazawa prevented Derek Jeter from adding to the legend.

The result: The Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-2 before a crowd of 44,121 in Yankee Stadium, squaring the four-game series at a game apiece.

Spell check: Bill "Moose" Messina, a cameraman for Comcast Sports New England, approached Gomes before the game to show him a photo on his cellphone. The picture was of the Sox lineup posted on the clubhouse door, and in the No. 1 spot it showed "Johnny Gomez." Messina suspected he'd elicit a reaction, and he did.

Gomes shot out of the clubhouse to see for himself. "It's Jonny Gomes, not Gomez," he said to Luis, the longtime Yankee Stadium security guard stationed outside the visitors clubhouse. "That's winter-ball stuff."

The indignation was more feigned than real, but Gomes made sure the headline writers got it right when he led off the sixth inning with his first home run of the season, a line drive into the left-field seats that tied the score at 1 against Sabathia, who had taken a one-hit shutout into the sixth.

Hello, old friend: Sizemore and Sabathia had starred together for parts of five seasons in Cleveland. This was not the first time they'd faced each other. Sizemore came into the game 2-for-7 against CC, including a home run. That home run had come nearly five years ago, in a game in which Sizemore's Indians trailed CC's Yankees 8-2. It had been nearly three years since Sizemore had faced him.

This home run meant a bit more. Sizemore followed a checked-swing single by David Ortiz and a 3-and-0 base hit by Mike Napoli with a drive deep into the right-field seats, his three-run home run breaking a 1-all tie in the sixth.

Ahead of the game: The Red Sox had scored a total of one run in Lester's first two starts, both losses, even though he gave up a total of just four earned runs. The Sox had not led at any time in the first 19 1/3 innings in which Lester pitched, until they unloaded on Sabathia in the sixth. Lester gave up a one-out single to Jacoby Ellsbury in the home sixth but struck out Carlos Beltran before facing Alfonso Soriano, who had hooked a home run inside the left-field foul pole in the second inning for the Yankees' first run. This time, Soriano tapped back to the mound to end the inning.

Lester got two quick outs in the seventh but gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki, walked Brian Roberts on a full count and gave up a full-count base hit to Kelly Johnson that put the tying runs on the corners.

Taz Time: Farrell went to the bullpen for Junichi Tazawa, who had not allowed a run in his first five appearances this season, to face Jeter. Jeter, who is retiring after the season, took a strike, then flied out to right to end the threat. Tazawa gave up a two-out single to Soriano in the eighth, but struck out pinch hitter Brian McCann, who chased a wicked splitter.

Last call for Mujica: Edward Mujica, who had not pitched since Sunday, when he allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up a hit and walk in a third of an inning, pitched the ninth and registered his first save for the Red Sox with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out pinch hitter Brett Gardner to end it.

No word on why Koji Uehara, who last pitched on Wednesday and threw just 11 pitches, did not pitch. He played catch with Tazawa before the game.