NEW YORK — Grady Sizemore hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox finally gave Jon Lester enough run support for his first win of the year, 4-2 over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Jonny Gomes led off the sixth with another long ball off CC Sabathia, and the four-run inning was more runs than Boston had scored for Lester in his first two starts combined. Despite a 2.51 ERA coming in, Lester was at risk of falling to 0-3 for the first time in his career.
The left-hander was lifted with two outs in the seventh after Kelly Johnson singled to pull the Yankees within two runs, his first hit in 15 career at-bats against Lester (1-2). Junichi Tazawa relieved with runners at the corners and retired Derek Jeter on a flyout.
Jeter was the leadoff batter in the Yankees’ batting order for first time since breaking his left ankle in the 2012 AL championship series opener. He beat out an infield single in four at-bats.
Lester allowed Alfonso Soriano’s homer starting the second and six hits overall. He walked two and struck out six in improving to 12-5 in 27 starts against New York.
Tazawa pitched 1 1-3 innings of one-hit relief, and Edward Mujica was perfect in the ninth for his first save with Boston.
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 0
BALTIMORE — Dustin McGowan allowed five hits over 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win since 2008, and Toronto used two unearned runs to beat Chris Tillman and Baltimore.
Making his first start since September 2011, the oft-injured McGowan (1-1) walked one, hit two batters and struck out two. He had faced the Orioles 13 times previously — going 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA and allowing 50 hits in 37 1-3 innings.
The right-hander spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six seasons. He had shoulder surgery in 2008 and 2010 and missed the entire 2012 season. In his debut this year, McGowan didn’t make it out of the third inning in a loss to the New York Yankees.