However, they would be playing this game without an important bat in the lineup, as Alfonso Soriano was scratched 10 minutes before the game with a sprained right thumb, and his status going forward is unknown, but it was enough to take him out of the game.
The Yankees sent ace CC Sabathia onto the mound to square off against another lefty in Jon Lester, who has been very good in his career against the Yankees.
Boston struck early against Sabathia as Will Middlebrooks' RBI groundout in the bottom of the second inning gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, David Ortiz's RBI double gave Boston a 2-0 lead and then later in the inning, Jonny Gomes' RBI single made it a 3-0 lead, as Sabathia put the Yankees in a really early hole.
In the top of the fourth inning, Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a triple over the head of Shane Victorino, which was then followed by an RBI groundout by Robinson Cano, which made it 3-1 and got the Yankees in the game and on the board.
But the Red Sox didn't let the Yankees get back into the game and kept pounding Sabathia all game long and got that run back when Shane Victorino's RBI single made it 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Daniel Nava's sacrifice fly made it 5-1, pushing the Yankees further away from striking distance. Sabathia pitched six innings for the Yankees, but allowed five runs on nine hits, walked four and struck out five, but wasn't very effective pitching for the Yankees.
While Sabathia struggled on the mound, the Yankees offense was no match for Lester, who went eight innings and allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out five. Of the three hits the Yankees managed against Lester, two of them were by Granderson, who had a double and triple. The other was a single by Brendan Ryan.
Franklin Morales came into the ninth inning and wrapped up the game for the Red Sox, as Boston took the second game of the series by beating the Yankees 5-1. Lester got the win and improved to 14-8; Sabathia took the loss and dropped to 13-13.
With the loss, the Yankees (79-70) drop to 2.5 games back in the American League Wild Card standings and could drop to three games if the Rays win their game on Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins.
On Sunday night, the Yankees will look to try and salvage the third and final game of the series as Ivan Nova (8-4, 3,17 ERA) will face off against Clay Buchholz (10-0, 1.61 ERA.)
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