Update, 2:26: Jon Lester hasn’t won a game since the All-Star break, dropping all four of his starts and allowing at least four runs each time. But he looked sharp in that bottom of the first, taking down the side 1-2-3.
Update, 2:29: Great sliding backhanded catch by Swisher there to rob Mike Lowell on his slicing drive down the right-field line.
Update, 2:33: When Jorge Posada threw that ball into center field on Ryan Kalish’s steal attempt, it marked his seventh error, tying Francisco Cervelli for the team high. This error led to the first run of the game thanks to the bouncer in the shortstop hole by Bill Hall that left Derek Jeter with no play.
Update, 2:37: Terry Francona dropped Jacoby Ellsbury to the bottom of the order. He was 0 for 16 since coming back from the DL and 0 for 22 overall. And wouldn’t you know, he responds with a single in his first at-bat. Hughes has given up five hits already and there’s one out in the second.
Update, 2:44: Hughes’ command is off. Chad Gaudin is starting to warm up.
Update, 2:49: Hughes escaped down just 2-0. Both runs in the inning were earned despite Posada’s error.
Update, 3:17: Lester’s has allowed no hits and two walks through three.
Update, 3:22: Hughes has settled down. That’s eight straight. Now the Yankees will go shopping for a hit in the last of the fourth.
Update, 3:31: No-hitter with with three walks and three Ks through four for Lester.
Update, 3:48: Who had Austin Kearns in the first-hit pool? Lester got through 4 1/3 before Kearns grounded that single into left-center. It was also his first hit as a Yankee after heading into that at-bat at 0 for 6.
Update, 3:51: That single by Jeter means he’s tied with Mel Ott for the most hits by a player while playing for a New York team, Yankees/Highlanders, Mets, Giants and Dodgers. Jeter has 2,876, tied for 38th on the all-time list. But Swisher fanned with runners at the corners to end the threat. So it’s 2-0 through five. Hughes is at 97 pitches, so there’s warm-up action in the pen. That’s Kerry Wood.
Update, 4:02: I believe Hughes is at 114 pitches. So he’s probably done. All in all, a nice job after his early struggle. He allowed two runs and six hits over six. So five of his last six starts, he has given up three runs or less.
Update, 4:08: Wood is coming on for the seventh with the Yankees down 2-0.
Update, 4:28: Two quick hits for the Yankees in the seventh, matching their total for the game. Marcus Thames nearly tied it with that shot off the top of the wall in right-center. So it’s second and third and no outs.
Update, 4:31: Lester is on the edge here, bases loaded and no outs after hitting Kearns. He’s at 95 pitches.
Update, 4:33: Granderson goes down swinging at a curve, so he’s down to .206 vs. lefties. Lester is done. Daniel Bard is coming on.
Update, 4:38: That was a 98 mph fastball from Bard that Jeter swung through for the second out.
Update, 4:41: Wow. Daniel Bard got Jeter on three pitches and fanned Swisher on three pitches. None was less than 97 mph. The last one to Swisher was a 99 mph toss that was tailing low and away. We go to the eighth. Boone Logan is on to pitch.
Update, 4:45: Joba is coming on after Logan got David Ortiz on a long fly to right-center.
Update, 4:51: Good job by Chamberlain, two up, two down.
Update, 4:53: That one from Bard was 97 and straight. Mark Teixeira hit it into the second deck on a 3-1 count, his 26th of the season. And it’s 2-1 in the eighth.
Update, 4:56: A-Rod’s single to left-center came on a 99 mph fastball. Brett Gardner has gone in to run for him.
Update, 5:02: Papelbon warming for the Sox.
Update, 5:08: Francona is calling on Papelbon to try for a four-out save. It’s first and second, two outs, now that Lance Berkman has popped to shallow left as a pinch hitter for Thames.
Update, 5:11: Good job by Papelbon, bad job by Kearns. First-pitch grounder to second. Joba is back out for the ninth.
Update, 5:26: Great diving stop by Ramiro Pena at third to save a run and end the inning after the throw to first, 2-1 going to the last of the ninth. Granderson, Jeter and Swisher are due up.
Update, 5:37: Potential tying run in scoring position now that Jeter has swiped second after his walk, his 12th in 16 tries. But Swisher went down swinging for the second out.
Update, 5:45: Teixeira goes down swinging. So the Red Sox win 2-1 and get a split of the four-game series. They are six games back.