Red Sox - 000 200 300 - 5 9 1 Yankees - 000 020 011 - 4 8 0Buchholz had by far his best outing of the season (7-5-2-1-7, 110), Adrian Gonzalez hit his sixth home run in the past week, and Kevin Youkilis belted an opposite field two-run bomb off Joba Chamberlain to give the Red Sox a necessary cushion.
The Yankees (3-7 since May 3) have lost five games in the standings in 10 days, and are now 2 GB behind the Rays, who shut out the Orioles 3-0 behind Jeremy Hellickson (9-4-0-1-3, 120). The Red Sox and Blue Jays are tied for third, 5 GB.
Daniel Bard faltered in the eighth, giving up a triple to Curtis Granderson and wild pitching him home. Then Bard walked Alex Rodriguez and hit Robinson Cano in the left foot, and watched as they pulled off a double steal. But Bard struck out Nick Swisher on high heat and then got Dumbo to ground to second.
With two outs in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon allowed singles to Derek Jeter and Granderson, but he retired Mark Teixeira on a pop-up to third to end the game.
Colon (6-5-3-3-4, 103) threw more pitches than he had in any game since he threw 103 on June 1, 2008, for the Red Sox. His one bad inning was the fourth: Gonzalez led off with a rocket into the second deck in right.
(the ball is a blur above the head of the guy above the word "grab")
Youkilis struck out, but reached first on a passed ball. David Ortiz walked and was forced at second by J.D. Drew; Jed Lowrie walked to load the bases. Yook scored on Carl Crawford's grounder to first.
Colon started the seventh (which was odd) and allowed an 0-2 single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia before handing the ball to Chamberlain. Jacoby Ellsbury forced Salty at second and raced to third on Dustin Pedroia's perfectly-placed hit-and-run single to right field. Gonzalez's deep fly to the track in left scored Ellsbury and then Yook donged to right-center.
Clay Buchholz/ Bartolo Colon
The Red Sox play a three-game series in New York this weekend. The Yankees (20-15) dropped out of first place last night, and are one game behind the Rays. Boston is tied for fourth place with the Blue Jays, at 17-20, and 5 GB.
The Red Sox and Yankees have each lost their last two games. Boston has dropped five of their last eight and New York has lost six of their last nine.
AL East: Orioles/Rays at 7 PM and Blue Jays/Twins at 8 PM.